Laos Population (LIVE)

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Laos Population (1950 - 2024)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)
  • The current population of the Lao People's Democratic Republic is 7,716,672 as of Monday, April 22, 2024, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data 1.
  • Laos 2023 population is estimated at 7,633,779 people at mid year.
  • Laos population is equivalent to 0.09% of the total world population.
  • Laos ranks number 103 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
  • The population density in Laos is 33 per Km2 (86 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 230,800 Km2 (89,112 sq. miles)
  • 37.3 % of the population is urban (2,849,332 people in 2023)
  • The median age in Laos is 24.4 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 Laos (2024 and historical)

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationLaos
Global Rank
2024 7,736,681 1.35 % 102,902 -9,999 24.7 2.37 34 37.9 % 2,933,677 0.10 % 8,118,835,999 103
2023 7,633,779 1.39 % 104,304 -9,999 24.4 2.41 33 37.3 % 2,849,332 0.09 % 8,045,311,447 103
2022 7,529,475 1.41 % 104,418 -9,999 24.1 2.45 33 36.7 % 2,765,699 0.09 % 7,975,105,156 103
2020 7,319,399 1.49 % 107,346 -10,303 23.5 2.54 32 35.5 % 2,600,131 0.09 % 7,840,952,880 105
2015 6,787,419 1.43 % 92,800 -12,995 22.0 2.77 29 32.5 % 2,206,330 0.09 % 7,426,597,537 106
2010 6,323,418 1.56 % 94,090 -27,446 20.2 3.15 27 29.7 % 1,877,890 0.09 % 6,985,603,105 107
2005 5,852,970 1.51 % 84,423 -24,171 18.4 3.67 25 26.7 % 1,564,297 0.09 % 6,558,176,119 103
2000 5,430,853 1.96 % 100,684-34,009 17.3 4.40 24 21.6 % 1,171,236 0.09 % 6,148,898,975 103
1995 4,927,432 2.69 % 122,598 -14,290 16.8 5.35 21 17.1 % 843,190 0.09 % 5,743,219,454 105
1990 4,314,443 2.89 % 114,568 -3,100 16.7 6.08 19 15.2 % 657,373 0.08 % 5,316,175,862 111
1985 3,741,604 2.56 % 88,817 -1,388 16.7 6.36 16 13.6 % 509,071 0.08 % 4,861,730,613 113
1980 3,297,519 1.82 % 56,960 -17,366 16.7 6.33 14 12.2 % 403,247 0.07 % 4,444,007,706 115
1975 3,012,720 2.40 % 67,487 -13,881 17.4 6.29 13 11.2 % 338,147 0.07 % 4,069,437,231 115
1970 2,675,283 2.37 % 59,165 0 17.5 6.31 12 9.7 % 258,749 0.07 % 3,695,390,336 117
1965 2,379,456 2.31 % 51,385 0 17.7 6.32 10 8.3 % 198,298 0.07 % 3,337,111,983 115
1960 2,122,532 2.31 % 45,829 0 18.1 6.29 9 7.9 % 168,533 0.07 % 3,019,233,434 116
1955 1,893,389 2.36 % 41,743 0 18.4 6.26 8 7.6 % 143,427 0.07 % 2,746,072,141 115
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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Laos Population Forecast

-9,999
YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationLaos
Global Rank
2025 7,838,305 1.38 % 103,781 -9,999 25.1 2.35 34 38.5 % 3,018,824 0.10 % 8,191,988,453 103
2030 8,321,287 1.20 % 96,596 -9,999 26.7 2.20 36 41.5 % 3,452,176 0.10 % 8,546,141,327 103
2035 8,755,745 1.02 % 86,892 -9,999 28.3 2.10 38 44.4 % 3,889,031 0.10 % 8,879,397,401 103
2040 9,145,206 0.87 % 77,892 -9,999 29.9 2.01 40 47.2 % 4,314,948 0.10 % 9,188,250,492 102
2045 9,486,148 0.73 % 68,188 -9,999 31.4 1.94 41 49.8 % 4,719,484 0.10 % 9,467,543,575 101
2050 9,775,552 0.60 % 57,881   33.0 1.89 42 52.2 % 5,101,582 0.10 % 9,709,491,761 99
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).

Laos Demographics

Main Page: Demographics of Laos
Life Expectancy
69.27 years
(life expectancy at birth, both sexes)
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Infant Mortality
29.2
(infant deaths per 1,000 live births)
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Deaths under age 5
37.0
(per 1,000 live births)
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Main Cities by Population in Laos

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

# CITY NAME POPULATION
1 Vientiane 196,731
2 Pakse 88,332
3 Thakhek 85,000
4 Savannakhet 66,553
5 Luang Prabang 47,378
6 Xam Nua 38,992
7 Muang Phonsavan 37,507
8 Muang Xay 25,000
8 Vangviang 25,000
9 Muang Pakxan 21,967
10 Ban Houakhoua 15,500

See also

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Notes

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

The Population of Laos (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 Laos 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.