Western Sahara Population (LIVE)

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Western Sahara Population (1950 - 2017)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)
  • The current population of Western Sahara is 593,884 as of Saturday, April 29, 2017, based on the latest United Nations estimates.
  • Western Sahara population is equivalent to 0.01% of the total world population.
  • Western Sahara ranks number 169 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
  • The population density in Western Sahara is 2 per Km2 (6 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 265,548 Km2 (102,529 sq. miles)
  • 87.4 % of the population is urban (521,195 people in 2017)
  • The median age in Western Sahara is 29.8 years.

Population of Western Sahara (2017 and historical)

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationWestern Sahara
Global Rank
2017 596,021 2.02 % 11,815 4,752 29.8 2.17 2 87.4 % 521,195 0.01 % 7,515,284,153 169
2016 584,206 2.04 % 11,666 4,752 29.8 2.17 2 86.4 % 504,931 0.01 % 7,432,663,275 169
2015 572,540 2.26 % 12,095 4,800 29 2.2 2 85.4 % 489,012 0.01 % 7,349,472,099 169
2010 512,065 3.66 % 16,857 9,500 27 2.44 2 81.1 % 415,257 0.01 % 6,929,725,043 170
2005 427,782 6.96 % 24,433 18,000 25 2.81 2 80.6 % 344,878 0.01 % 6,519,635,850 173
2000 305,615 3.83 % 10,463 5,300 23 3.18 1 83.9 % 256,291 0 % 6,126,622,121 176
1995 253,302 3.16 % 7,295 2,100 21 3.96 1 87.2 % 220,759 0 % 5,735,123,084 180
1990 216,828 3.52 % 6,881 2,100 21 4.54 1 86.2 % 186,810 0 % 5,309,667,699 180
1985 182,421 3.87 % 6,310 2,000 21 5.33 1 84.2 % 153,567 0 % 4,852,540,569 180
1980 150,872 15.02 % 15,183 12,200 21 6.23 1 77.4 % 116,849 0 % 4,439,632,465 182
1975 74,956 -0.5 % -384 -2,200 17 6.57 0 60.6 % 45,404 0 % 4,061,399,228 194
1970 76,875 8.57 % 5,181 3,400 20 6.6 0 42.1 % 32,358 0 % 3,682,487,691 192
1965 50,969 9.24 % 3,642 1,100 20 6.34 0 36.2 % 18,443 0 % 3,322,495,121 206
1960 32,758 9.15 % 2,322 1,700 21 6.42 0 31.2 % 10,217 0 % 3,018,343,828 203
1955 21,149 8.97 % 1,477 1,100 20 6.34 0 31.1 % 6,576 0 % 2,758,314,525 206
Source: Worldometers (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).
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Western Sahara Population Forecast

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationWestern Sahara
Global Rank
2020 631,289 1.97 % 11,750 4,800 31 2.06 2 89.4 % 564,352 0.01 % 7,758,156,792 168
2025 686,673 1.7 % 11,077 4,800 33 1.94 3 87.8 % 602,997 0.01 % 8,141,661,007 167
2030 737,966 1.45 % 10,259 4,800 35 1.85 3 86.3 % 636,709 0.01 % 8,500,766,052 167
2035 784,984 1.24 % 9,404 4,800 36 1.78 3 84.8 % 665,374 0.01 % 8,838,907,877 167
2040 827,904 1.07 % 8,584 4,800 38 1.73 3 83.2 % 688,922 0.01 % 9,157,233,976 166
2045 866,620 0.92 % 7,743 4,800 39 1.7 3 81.7 % 707,828 0.01 % 9,453,891,780 166
2050 901,142 0.78 % 6,904 4,800 40 1.68 3 80.1 % 722,224 0.01 % 9,725,147,994 166
Source: Worldometers (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

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Notes

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

The Population of Western Sahara (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 country 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 2015 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 country, 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.

Country's Share of World Pop: Total population in the country 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.

Global Rank: Position held by Western Sahara in the list of all countries worldwide ranked by population (from the highest population to the lowest population) as of July 1 of the year indicated.


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