DR Congo Population (LIVE)

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DR Congo Population (1950 - 2019)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)
  • The current population of the DR Congo is 87,829,313 as of Sunday, November 17, 2019, based on Worldometers elaboration of the latest United Nations data.
  • the DR Congo 2019 population is estimated at 86,790,567 people at mid year according to UN data.
  • the DR Congo population is equivalent to 1.13% of the total world population.
  • the DR Congo ranks number 16 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
  • The population density in the DR Congo is 38 per Km2 (99 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 2,267,050 Km2 (875,313 sq. miles)
  • 45.0 % of the population is urban (39,067,608 people in 2019)
  • The median age in the DR Congo is 16.8 years.

Population of the DR Congo (2019 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
2019 86,790,567 3.24 % 2,722,476 23,861 16.8 6.31 38 45.0 % 39,067,608 1.13 % 7,713,468,100 16
2018 84,068,091 3.28 % 2,669,327 23,861 16.8 6.31 37 44.4 % 37,348,939 1.10 % 7,631,091,040 16
2017 81,398,764 3.31 % 2,609,637 23,861 16.8 6.31 36 43.8 % 35,692,384 1.08 % 7,547,858,925 17
2016 78,789,127 3.34 % 2,544,583 23,861 16.8 6.31 35 43.3 % 34,098,241 1.06 % 7,464,022,049 19
2015 76,244,544 3.38 % 2,336,138 3,012 16.8 6.40 34 42.7 % 32,566,508 1.03 % 7,379,797,139 19
2010 64,563,854 3.34 % 1,955,590 -8,685 16.9 6.63 28 40.0 % 25,817,901 0.93 % 6,956,823,603 20
2005 54,785,903 3.07 % 1,536,015 -48,313 17.0 6.72 24 37.5 % 20,521,483 0.84 % 6,541,907,027 23
2000 47,105,826 2.53 % 1,105,918-191,635 17.2 6.77 21 35.1 % 16,534,234 0.77 % 6,143,493,823 25
1995 41,576,234 3.73 % 1,392,842 257,421 17.2 6.77 18 32.9 % 13,659,173 0.72 % 5,744,212,979 26
1990 34,612,023 2.98 % 946,159 14,903 17.4 6.71 15 30.6 % 10,603,379 0.65 % 5,327,231,061 29
1985 29,881,229 2.54 % 704,464 -90,094 17.5 6.60 13 28.5 % 8,520,577 0.61 % 4,870,921,740 31
1980 26,358,908 2.85 % 691,065 20,137 17.7 6.46 12 27.1 % 7,135,522 0.59 % 4,458,003,514 31
1975 22,903,581 2.74 % 578,509 5,490 17.8 6.29 10 25.8 % 5,913,533 0.56 % 4,079,480,606 32
1970 20,011,036 2.87 % 528,231 48,588 18.1 6.15 9 24.6 % 4,924,023 0.54 % 3,700,437,046 33
1965 17,369,883 2.64 % 424,326 24,530 18.2 6.04 8 23.4 % 4,070,472 0.52 % 3,339,583,597 33
1960 15,248,251 2.44 % 346,148 15,000 18.2 5.98 7 22.3 % 3,400,360 0.50 % 3,034,949,748 33
1955 13,517,513 2.10 % 266,771 0 18.1 5.98 6 20.7 % 2,791,904 0.49 % 2,773,019,936 33
: Worldometers (www.worldometers.info//)
, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2019 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).
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DR Congo Population Forecast

-15,000
YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationDRC
Global Rank
2020 89,561,403 3.27 % 2,663,372 23,861 17.0 5.96 40 45.6 % 40,848,447 1.15 % 7,794,798,739 16
2025 104,133,564 3.06 % 2,914,432 0 17.5 5.96 46 48.7 % 50,722,858 1.27 % 8,184,437,460 15
2030 120,046,726 2.88 % 3,182,632 -15,000 18.2 5.96 53 51.9 % 62,343,480 1.40 % 8,548,487,400 15
2035 137,336,559 2.73 % 3,457,967 -15,000 19.1 5.96 61 55.2 % 75,772,610 1.55 % 8,887,524,213 12
2040 155,725,440 2.55 % 3,677,776 -15,000 20.0 5.96 69 58.4 % 90,960,949 1.69 % 9,198,847,240 10
2045 174,895,139 2.35 % 3,833,940 -15,000 21.0 5.96 77 61.6 % 107,740,801 1.84 % 9,481,803,274 10
2050 194,488,658 2.15 % 3,918,704   22.1 5.96 86 64.7 % 125,931,197 2.00 % 9,735,033,990 10
: Worldometers (www.worldometers.info//)
, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2019 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

DR Congo Demographics

Main Page: Demographics of the DR Congo
Life Expectancy
61.60 years
(life expectancy at birth, both sexes)
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Infant Mortality
59.7
(infant deaths per 1,000 live births)
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Deaths under age 5
91.2
(per 1,000 live births)
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Sex Ratio (males vs females)

Males Male % Females Female % Total Population (2020) Sex Ratio (males to females)
44,710,172 49.92% 44,851,232 50.08% 89,561,403 1.00

Population Pyramid for the DR Congo (2020)

Compare with years 1960, 1990, 2050, and 2080

Population by Broad Age Groups

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Age Group Males Male % Females Female % Total Age Group Population
Age Group's share of total population
0-14 20,686,119 50.44% 20,328,697 49.56% 41,014,816 45.80%
15-24 8,629,815 50.17% 8,572,408 49.83% 17,202,223 19.21%
25-54 12,522,236 49.63% 12,706,887 50.37% 25,229,123 28.17%
55-64 1,646,386 48.26% 1,765,291 51.74% 3,411,677 3.81%
65+ 1,225,616 45.33% 1,477,949 54.67% 2,703,565 3.02%

Dependency Ratio

View also: Support Ratio


Age Group Total Age Group Population Share of Total Population Dependency Ratio
Youth (0-14 years old) 41,014,816 45.80% 89.5
Working Age Population (15-64 years) 45,843,023 51.19% N.A.
Elderly (65+ years old) 2,703,565 3.02% 5.9
Total Dependency Ratio
(Youth + Elderly)
43,718,381 48.81% 95.4

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 Worldometers' RTS algorithm, which processes data collected from the United Nations Population Division.

The Population of the DR Congo (1950 - 2019) chart plots the total population count as of July 1 of each year, from 1950 to 2019.

The Yearly Population Growth Rate chart plots the annual percentage changes in population registered on July 1 of each year, from 1951 to 2019. 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 2019 Revision. For forecasted years, the U.N. medium-fertility variant is used.


Yearly % Change: For 2019: percentage change in total population over the last year (from July 1, 2018 to June 30 2019). 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 2019: absolute change in total population (increase or decrease in number of people) over the last year (from July 1, 2018 to June 30 2019). 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.

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