Western Sahara Population (LIVE)

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Western Sahara Population (1950 - 2018)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)
  • The current population of Western Sahara is 559,388 as of Sunday, December 17, 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 171 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
  • The population density in Western Sahara is 2 per Km2 (5 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 266,000 Km2 (102,703 sq. miles)
  • 94.3 % of the population is urban (521,195 people in 2017)
  • The median age in Western Sahara is 27.1 years.

Population of Western Sahara (2018 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
2018 567,421 2.68 % 14,793 5,582 27.1 2.56 2 91.9 % 537,100 0.01 % 7,632,819,325 171
2017 552,628 2.58 % 13,873 5,582 27.1 2.56 2 94.3 % 521,195 0.01 % 7,550,262,101 171
2016 538,755 2.38 % 12,539 5,582 27.1 2.56 2 93.7 % 504,931 0.01 % 7,466,964,280 172
2015 526,216 1.84 % 9,188 572 26.8 2.60 2 92.9 % 489,012 0.01 % 7,383,008,820 172
2010 480,274 1.88 % 8,552 1,058 25.5 2.55 2 86.5 % 415,257 0.01 % 6,958,169,159 172
2005 437,515 6.85 % 24,679 18,120 24.2 2.85 2 78.8 % 344,878 0.01 % 6,542,159,383 173
2000 314,118 4.21 % 11,6976,110 22.3 3.40 1 81.6 % 256,291 0.01 % 6,145,006,989 176
1995 255,634 3.31 % 7,675 2,400 21.2 4.00 1 86.4 % 220,759 0.00 % 5,751,474,416 179
1990 217,258 3.56 % 6,967 2,140 21.1 4.60 1 86.0 % 186,810 0.00 % 5,330,943,460 180
1985 182,421 3.87 % 6,309 2,040 21.4 5.33 1 84.2 % 153,567 0.00 % 4,873,781,796 180
1980 150,877 15.02 % 15,185 12,160 21.2 6.23 1 77.4 % 116,849 0.00 % 4,458,411,534 182
1975 74,954 -0.50 % -384 -2,236 16.7 6.57 0 60.6 % 45,404 0.00 % 4,079,087,198 194
1970 76,874 8.57 % 5,181 3,430 20.2 6.60 0 42.1 % 32,358 0.00 % 3,700,577,650 192
1965 50,970 9.24 % 3,642 1,120 20.1 6.34 0 36.2 % 18,443 0.00 % 3,339,592,688 207
1960 32,761 9.15 % 2,323 1,660 20.8 6.42 0 31.2 % 10,217 0.00 % 3,033,212,527 204
1955 21,147 8.97 % 1,476 1,120 20.1 6.34 0 31.1 % 6,576 0.00 % 2,772,242,535 207
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 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 597,339 2.57 % 14,225 5,582 28.4 2.41 2 94.5 % 564,352 0.01 % 7,795,482,309 170
2025 668,025 2.26 % 14,137 5,582 30.0 2.26 3 90.3 % 602,997 0.01 % 8,185,613,757 168
2030 736,683 1.98 % 13,732 5,582 31.3 2.14 3 86.4 % 636,709 0.01 % 8,551,198,644 168
2035 802,434 1.72 % 13,150 5,582 32.6 2.03 3 82.9 % 665,374 0.01 % 8,892,701,940 167
2040 865,076 1.51 % 12,528 5,582 33.8 1.95 3 79.6 % 688,922 0.01 % 9,210,337,004 166
2045 924,851 1.35 % 11,955 5,582 34.8 1.88 3 76.5 % 707,828 0.01 % 9,504,209,572 166
2050 981,529 1.20 % 11,336 5,582 36.0 1.83 4 73.6 % 722,224 0.01 % 9,771,822,753 166
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 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 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 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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