Eastern Africa Population (LIVE)

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Eastern Africa Population (1950 - 2023)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)

Countries in Eastern Africa

CountryPopulation (2023)
Ethiopia126,527,060
Tanzania67,438,106
Kenya55,100,586
Uganda48,582,334
Mozambique33,897,354
Madagascar30,325,732
Malawi20,931,751
Zambia20,569,737
Somalia18,143,378
Zimbabwe16,665,409
Rwanda14,094,683
Burundi13,238,559
South Sudan11,088,796
Eritrea3,748,901
Mauritius1,300,557
Djibouti1,136,455
Réunion981,796
Comoros852,075
Mayotte335,995
Seychelles107,660
  • The current population of Eastern Africa is 496,065,853 as of Sunday, May 26, 2024, based on the latest United Nations estimates.
  • Eastern Africa population is equivalent to 6.03% of the total world population.
  • Eastern Africa ranks number 1 in Africa among subregions ranked by Population.
  • The population density in Eastern Africa is 73 per Km2 (188 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 6,667,493 Km2 (2,574,332 sq. miles)
  • 0 % of the population is urban (0 people in 2023).
  • The median age in Eastern Africa is 0.0years.

Population of Eastern Africa (2023 and historical)

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationEastern Africa's
Share of
World Pop
World PopulationEastern Africa
Rank within
Africa
2023 485,066,925 nan % 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 67 0 % 0 6.0 % 7,840,952,880 1
2020 449,292,465 2.70 % 11,830,423 -75,868 16.9 4.59 67 29.5 % 132,520,364 5.7 % 7,840,952,880 1
2015 393,349,057 2.79 % 10,121,750 -401,100 16.7 4.66 59 27 % 106,095,604 5.6 % 7,426,597,537 1
2010 342,740,307 2.88 % 9,065,516 -188,100 16.2 5.19 51 24.7 % 84,503,529 5.2 % 6,985,603,105 1
2005 297,412,725 2.85 % 7,787,772 -436,800 15.9 5.62 45 22.8 % 67,684,204 4.8 % 6,558,176,119 1
2000 258,473,864 2.87 % 6,826,801 -384,600 15.6 5.96 39 21.3 % 54,950,508 4.5 % 6,148,898,975 1
1995 224,339,858 2.63 % 5,471,155 166,800 15.4 6.27 34 19.9 % 44,589,205 4.2 % 5,743,219,454 1
1990 196,984,083 2.95 % 5,333,677 -161,100 15.4 6.61 30 18.2 % 35,850,678 4.1 % 5,316,175,862 1
1985 170,315,698 3.03 % 4,724,569 173,500 15.4 6.92 26 16.3 % 27,720,992 3.8 % 4,861,730,613 1
1980 146,692,854 2.88 % 3,884,306 -580,000 15.4 7.10 22 14.6 % 21,478,562 3.6 % 4,444,007,706 1
1975 127,271,322 2.89 % 3,376,512 -121,000 15.6 7.15 19 12.5 % 15,854,488 3.4 % 4,069,437,231 1
1970 110,388,762 2.9 % 2,939,511 -57,500 15.9 7.13 17 10.6 % 11,752,648 3.3 % 3,695,390,336 1
1965 95,691,205 2.78 % 2,450,741 -36,600 16.2 7.07 14 5.2 % 4,978,234 3.2 % 3,337,111,983 1
1960 83,437,499 2.45 % 1,902,933 -84,300 16.6 6.98 13 7.8 % 6,514,299 3.0 % 3,019,233,434 2
1955 73,922,833 2.36 % 1,625,719 -91,400 17.0 6.91 11 6.7 % 4,978,234 3.0 % 2,746,072,141 2

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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Eastern Africa Population Forecast

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationEastern Africa's
Share of
World Pop
World PopulationEastern Africa
Rank within
Africa
2025 509,869,544 2.56 % 12,115,416 -260,800 18.3 3.93 76 32.3 % 164,482,084 6.5 % 8,191,988,453 1
2030 574,400,619 2.41 % 12,906,215 -193,200 19.4 3.60 86 35.3 % 202,579,194 7.0 % 8,546,141,327 1
2035 641,386,975 2.23 % 13,397,271 -173,900 20.5 3.31 96 38.5 % 247,131,197 7.2 % 8,879,397,401 1
2040 709,593,774 2.04 % 13,641,360 -170,300 21.6 3.07 106 42 % 298,002,537 8.0 % 9,188,250,492 1
2045 778,136,018 1.86 % 13,708,449 -170,400 22.8 2.88 117 45.6 % 355,029,937 8.5 % 9,467,543,575 1
2050 846,282,904 1.69 % 13,629,377 -170,400 24.0 2.71 127 49.4 % 418,216,589 8.9 % 9,709,491,761 1
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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Notes

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

The Population of Eastern Africa (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 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 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. 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 Eastern 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.

Eastern 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 Eastern 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.

See also