DR Congo Population (LIVE)

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DR Congo Population (1950 - 2024)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)
  • The current population of the DR Congo is 104,392,848 as of Wednesday, February 21, 2024, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data 1.
  • the DR Congo 2023 population is estimated at 102,262,808 people at mid year.
  • the DR Congo population is equivalent to 1.27% of the total world population.
  • the DR Congo ranks number 15 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
  • The population density in the DR Congo is 45 per Km2 (117 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 2,267,050 Km2 (875,313 sq. miles)
  • 45.5 % of the population is urban (46,571,127 people in 2023)
  • The median age in the DR Congo is 15.6 years.
1. Updated on July 16, 2023 with the latest July 2023-July 2024 estimates from the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

Population of the DR Congo (2024 and historical)

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationDRC
Global Rank
2024 105,625,114 3.29 % 3,362,306 -14,999 15.6 5.99 47 46.0 % 48,611,843 1.30 % 8,118,835,999 15
2023 102,262,808 3.29 % 3,252,596 -14,999 15.6 6.05 45 45.5 % 46,571,127 1.27 % 8,045,311,447 15
2022 99,010,212 3.25 % 3,116,094 -14,999 15.6 6.11 44 45.0 % 44,598,623 1.24 % 7,975,105,156 15
2020 92,853,164 3.28 % 2,946,274 -1,643 15.6 6.21 41 44.0 % 40,848,447 1.18 % 7,840,952,880 16
2015 78,656,904 3.45 % 2,453,129 47,831 15.7 6.44 35 41.4 % 32,566,508 1.06 % 7,426,597,537 19
2010 66,391,257 3.26 % 1,968,202 8,823 15.7 6.59 29 38.9 % 25,817,901 0.95 % 6,985,603,105 20
2005 56,550,247 3.07 % 1,586,786 20,379 15.7 6.60 25 36.3 % 20,521,483 0.86 % 6,558,176,119 23
2000 48,616,317 2.35 % 1,066,105-48,028 15.8 6.72 21 34.0 % 16,534,234 0.79 % 6,148,898,975 24
1995 43,285,791 3.76 % 1,459,650 -273,443 16.8 6.71 19 31.6 % 13,659,173 0.75 % 5,743,219,454 26
1990 35,987,541 3.16 % 1,037,498 183,750 16.5 6.70 16 29.5 % 10,603,379 0.68 % 5,316,175,862 29
1985 30,800,051 2.89 % 818,273 17,496 16.6 6.65 14 27.7 % 8,520,577 0.63 % 4,861,730,613 29
1980 26,708,686 2.99 % 731,194 27,764 16.8 6.47 12 26.7 % 7,135,522 0.60 % 4,444,007,706 30
1975 23,052,715 2.73 % 580,196 -981 16.8 6.42 10 25.7 % 5,913,533 0.57 % 4,069,437,231 32
1970 20,151,733 2.93 % 542,696 39,119 17.3 6.34 9 24.4 % 4,924,023 0.55 % 3,695,390,336 32
1965 17,438,254 2.68 % 432,339 61,401 17.5 6.21 8 23.3 % 4,070,472 0.52 % 3,337,111,983 32
1960 15,276,558 2.29 % 327,626 27,672 17.3 6.08 7 22.3 % 3,400,360 0.51 % 3,019,233,434 33
1955 13,638,427 2.09 % 268,536 -4,875 17.2 5.98 6 20.5 % 2,791,904 0.50 % 2,746,072,141 32
Source: Worldometer (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).
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DR Congo Population Forecast

-14,999
YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationDRC
Global Rank
2025 109,075,560 3.27 % 3,244,479 -14,999 15.6 5.93 48 46.5 % 50,722,858 1.33 % 8,191,988,453 15
2030 127,582,053 3.18 % 3,701,299 -14,999 16.0 5.56 56 48.9 % 62,343,480 1.49 % 8,546,141,327 13
2035 148,025,707 3.02 % 4,088,731 -14,999 16.6 5.12 65 51.2 % 75,772,610 1.67 % 8,879,397,401 10
2040 170,013,815 2.81 % 4,397,622 -14,999 17.4 4.62 75 53.5 % 90,960,949 1.85 % 9,188,250,492 10
2045 193,253,818 2.60 % 4,648,001 -14,999 18.3 4.17 85 55.8 % 107,740,801 2.04 % 9,467,543,575 10
2050 217,494,003 2.39 % 4,848,037   19.4 3.75 96 57.9 % 125,931,197 2.24 % 9,709,491,761 8
Source: Worldometer (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

DR Congo Demographics

Main Page: Demographics of the DR Congo
Life Expectancy
60.63 years
(life expectancy at birth, both sexes)
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Infant Mortality
48.9
(infant deaths per 1,000 live births)
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Deaths under age 5
73.8
(per 1,000 live births)
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Main Cities by Population in the DR Congo

(includes boroughs, districts, urban agglomerations, etc.)

# CITY NAME POPULATION
1 Kinshasa 7,785,965
2 Lubumbashi 1,373,770
3 Mbuji-Mayi 874,761
4 Kisangani 539,158
5 Masina 485,167
6 Kananga 463,546
7 Likasi 422,414
8 Kolwezi 418,000
9 Tshikapa 267,462
10 Beni 232,000
11 Bukavu 225,389
12 Mwene-Ditu 189,177
13 Kikwit 186,991
14 Mbandaka 184,185
15 Matadi 180,109
16 Uvira 170,391
17 Boma 162,521
18 Butembo 154,621
19 Gandajika 154,425
20 Kalemie 146,974
21 Goma 144,124
22 Kindu 135,698
23 Isiro 127,076
24 Bandundu 118,211
25 Gemena 117,639
26 Ilebo 107,093
27 Bunia 96,764
28 Bumba 95,520
29 Mbanza-Ngungu 86,356
30 Kamina 73,557
31 Lisala 70,087
32 Lodja 68,244
33 Kipushi 62,332
34 Kabinda 59,004
35 Kasongo 55,118
36 Mweka 50,675
37 Gbadolite 50,493
38 Buta 50,130
39 Moanda 50,000
40 Bulungu 48,344
41 Basoko 43,709
42 Lubao 43,068
43 Lusambo 41,416
44 Nioki 40,695
45 Inongo 40,113
46 Tshela 38,845
47 Bukama 38,770
48 Mangai 37,188
49 Kampene 37,034
49 Kabare 37,034
50 Kambove 36,702
51 Yangambi 35,531
52 Luebo 35,183
53 Aketi 35,161
54 Mushie 33,062
55 Boende 32,091
56 Kongolo 31,943
57 Kabalo 29,833
58 Businga 28,919
59 Kasangulu 27,961
60 Bolobo 27,862
61 Libenge 27,053
62 Watsa 24,516
63 Demba 22,263
64 Kasongo-Lunda 20,060
65 Bondo 17,860
66 Wamba 17,373
67 Sake 17,151

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Notes

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

The Population of the DR Congo (1950 - 2023) chart plots the total population count as of July 1 of each year, from 1950 to 2023.

The Yearly Population Growth Rate chart plots the annual percentage changes in population registered on July 1 of each year, from 1951 to 2023. 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 2022 Revision. For forecasted years, the U.N. medium-fertility variant is used.


Yearly % Change: For 2023: percentage change in total population over the last year (from July 1, 2022 to June 30 2023). 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 2023: absolute change in total population (increase or decrease in number of people) over the last year (from July 1, 2022 to June 30 2023). 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 the DR Congo 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.