Western Africa Population (LIVE)

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Western Africa Population (1950 - 2017)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)

Countries in Western Africa

CountryPopulation (2017)
Nigeria(190,886,311)
Ghana(28,833,629)
Côte d'Ivoire(24,294,750)
Niger(21,477,348)
Burkina Faso(19,193,382)
Mali(18,541,980)
Senegal(15,850,567)
Guinea(12,717,176)
Benin(11,175,692)
Togo(7,797,694)
Sierra Leone(7,557,212)
Liberia(4,731,906)
Mauritania(4,420,184)
Gambia(2,100,568)
Guinea-Bissau(1,861,283)
Cabo Verde(546,388)
Saint Helena(4,049)
  • The current population of Western Africa is 375,771,700 as of Saturday, November 18, 2017, based on the latest United Nations estimates.
  • Western Africa population is equivalent to 4.93% of the total world population.
  • Western Africa ranks number 2 in Africa among subregions ranked by Population.
  • The population density in Western Africa is 61 per Km2 (159 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 6,064,060 Km2 (2,341,346 sq. miles)
  • 46 % of the population is urban (171,263,722 people in 2017).
  • The median age in Western Africa is 18 years.

Population of Western Africa (2017 and historical)

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationWestern Africa's
Share of
World Pop
World PopulationWestern Africa
Rank within
Africa
2017 371,990,119 2.7 % 9,788,540 -188,875 18.0 5.46 61 46 % 171,263,722 4.9 % 7,550,262,101 2
2016 362,201,579 2.72 % 9,587,717 -188,875 18.0 5.46 60 45.4 % 164,351,190 4.9 % 7,466,964,280 2
2015 352,613,862 2.76 % 8,966,540 -236,800 17.9 5.53 58 44.7 % 157,625,136 5.1 % 7,383,008,820 2
2010 307,781,164 2.76 % 7,834,703 -184,200 17.8 5.75 51 41.2 % 126,864,327 4.7 % 6,958,169,159 2
2005 268,607,649 2.67 % 6,619,870 -141,400 17.8 5.95 44 37.7 % 101,399,301 4.4 % 6,542,159,383 2
2000 235,508,297 2.66 % 5,790,677 -88,000 17.7 6.16 39 34.5 % 81,203,289 4.1 % 6,145,006,989 2
1995 206,554,911 2.73 % 5,204,311 -38,400 17.5 6.41 34 32.2 % 66,444,731 3.9 % 5,751,474,416 2
1990 180,533,356 2.72 % 4,538,049 -170,900 17.2 6.67 30 30.1 % 54,302,378 3.7 % 5,330,943,460 2
1985 157,843,113 2.8 % 4,071,443 -139,000 17.3 6.87 26 26.8 % 42,225,905 3.5 % 4,873,781,796 2
1980 137,485,899 2.73 % 3,469,926 -83,200 17.7 6.91 23 23.6 % 32,395,961 3.4 % 4,458,411,534 2
1975 120,136,269 2.52 % 2,806,868 -80,400 18.0 6.80 20 21 % 25,270,864 3.2 % 4,079,087,198 2
1970 106,101,929 2.29 % 2,275,061 -54,000 18.4 6.63 17 18.6 % 19,729,017 3.2 % 3,700,577,650 2
1965 94,726,623 2.17 % 1,926,494 -5,100 19.1 6.43 16 9 % 8,551,201 3.1 % 3,339,592,688 2
1960 85,094,151 1.98 % 1,590,519 6,200 18.9 6.49 14 14.6 % 12,414,838 3.1 % 3,033,212,527 1
1955 77,141,556 1.71 % 1,253,135 -5,100 19.1 6.43 13 11.1 % 8,551,201 3.0 % 2,772,242,535 1
Source: Worldometers (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).
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Western Africa Population Forecast

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationWestern Africa's
Share of
World Pop
World PopulationWestern Africa
Rank within
Africa
2020 402,578,892 2.69 % 9,993,006 -188,900 18.2 5.20 66 48 % 193,142,329 5.5 % 7,795,482,309 2
2025 457,751,516 2.6 % 11,034,525 -185,500 18.7 4.88 75 51 % 233,490,987 5.9 % 8,185,613,757 2
2030 518,446,478 2.52 % 12,138,992 -186,200 19.3 4.56 85 53.8 % 278,751,271 6.3 % 8,551,198,644 2
2035 584,660,206 2.43 % 13,242,746 -185,900 20.1 4.26 96 56.2 % 328,642,692 6.6 % 8,892,701,940 2
2040 655,870,068 2.33 % 14,241,972 -185,800 20.9 3.98 108 58.5 % 383,560,957 7.4 % 9,210,337,004 2
2045 731,217,432 2.2 % 15,069,473 -185,600 21.7 3.73 121 60.8 % 444,365,388 7.9 % 9,504,209,572 2
2050 809,718,821 2.06 % 15,700,278 -185,500 22.6 3.50 134 63.1 % 510,529,504 8.5 % 9,771,822,753 2
Source: Worldometers (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).
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Notes

The Western Africa Population (Live) counter shows a continuously updated estimate of the current population of Western Africa delivered by Worldometers' RTS algorithm, which processes data collected from the United Nations Population Division.

The Population of Western Africa (1950 - 2017) chart plots the total population count as of July 1 of each year, from 1950 to 2017.

The Yearly Population Growth Rate chart plots the annual percentage changes in population registered on July 1 of each year, from 1951 to 2017. This value can differ from the Yearly % Change shown in the historical table, which shows the last year equivalent percentage change assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five year period.

Definitions

Year: as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Population: Overall total population (both sexes and all ages) in the sub-region as of July 1 of the year indicated, as estimated by the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision. For forecasted years, the U.N. medium-fertility variant is used.

Yearly % Change: For 2017: percentage change in total population over the last year (from July 1, 2016 to June 30 2017). For all other years: latest year annual percentage change equivalent assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five year period, calculated through reverse compounding.

Yearly Change: For 2017: absolute change in total population (increase or decrease in number of people) over the last year (from July 1, 2016 to June 30 2017). For all other years: average annual numerical change over the preceding five year period.

Migrants (net): The average annual number of immigrants minus the number of emigrants over the preceding five year period (running from July 1 to June 30 of the initial and final years), or subsequent five year period (for 2016 data). A negative number means that there are more emigrants than immigrants.

Median Age: age that divides the population into two numerically equal groups: half of the people are older than the median age indicated and half are younger. This parameter provides an indication of age distribution.

Fertility Rate: (Total Fertility Rate, or TFR), it is expressed as children per woman. It is calculated as the average number of children an average woman will have during her reproductive period (15 to 49 years old) based on the current fertility rates of every age group in the countries within Western Africa, and assuming she is not subject to mortality.

Density (P/Km²): (Population Density) Population per square Kilometer (Km²).

Urban Pop % : Urban population as a percentage of total population.

Urban Population: Population living in areas classified as urban according to the criteria used by each country.

Western Africa's Share of World Pop: Total population as a percentage of total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

World Population: Total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Rank within Africa: Position held by Western Africa in the list of all regions within Africa ranked by population (from the highest population to the lowest population) as of July 1 of the year indicated.

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