Laos Population (LIVE)

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Laos Population (1950 - 2019)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)
  • The current population of the Lao People's Democratic Republic is 7,209,567 as of Sunday, November 17, 2019, based on Worldometers elaboration of the latest United Nations data.
  • Laos 2019 population is estimated at 7,169,455 people at mid year according to UN data.
  • Laos population is equivalent to 0.09% of the total world population.
  • Laos ranks number 105 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
  • The population density in Laos is 31 per Km2 (80 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 230,800 Km2 (89,112 sq. miles)
  • 35.1 % of the population is urban (2,518,056 people in 2019)
  • The median age in Laos is 23.1 years.

Population of Laos (2019 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
2019 7,169,455 1.53 % 107,948 -14,704 23.1 2.88 31 35.1 % 2,518,056 0.09 % 7,713,468,100 105
2018 7,061,507 1.56 % 108,472 -14,704 23.1 2.88 31 34.5 % 2,436,711 0.09 % 7,631,091,040 105
2017 6,953,035 1.57 % 107,189 -14,704 23.1 2.88 30 33.9 % 2,356,986 0.09 % 7,547,858,925 106
2016 6,845,846 1.55 % 104,682 -14,704 23.1 2.88 30 33.3 % 2,279,990 0.09 % 7,464,022,049 106
2015 6,741,164 1.53 % 98,400 -22,463 22.8 2.93 29 32.7 % 2,206,330 0.09 % 7,379,797,139 106
2010 6,249,165 1.67 % 99,498 -22,052 20.7 3.40 27 30.1 % 1,877,890 0.09 % 6,956,823,603 106
2005 5,751,676 1.56 % 85,595 -29,620 19.1 3.90 25 27.2 % 1,564,297 0.09 % 6,541,907,027 106
2000 5,323,700 1.90 % 95,443-26,949 18.0 4.81 23 22.0 % 1,171,236 0.09 % 6,143,493,823 106
1995 4,846,483 2.62 % 117,602 -12,113 17.6 5.88 21 17.4 % 843,190 0.08 % 5,744,212,979 108
1990 4,258,472 2.92 % 114,115 28 17.6 6.27 18 15.4 % 657,373 0.08 % 5,327,231,061 113
1985 3,687,898 2.51 % 85,951 -7,022 17.6 6.36 16 13.8 % 509,071 0.08 % 4,870,921,740 115
1980 3,258,144 1.32 % 41,313 -39,751 17.7 6.15 14 12.4 % 403,247 0.07 % 4,458,003,514 116
1975 3,051,577 2.57 % 72,630 9 18.6 5.99 13 11.1 % 338,147 0.07 % 4,079,480,606 115
1970 2,688,428 2.44 % 61,167 6 18.7 5.98 12 9.6 % 258,749 0.07 % 3,700,437,046 117
1965 2,382,594 2.35 % 52,339 15 18.8 5.97 10 8.3 % 198,298 0.07 % 3,339,583,597 116
1960 2,120,898 2.32 % 46,009 9 19.0 5.96 9 7.9 % 168,533 0.07 % 3,034,949,748 116
1955 1,890,854 2.36 % 41,588 -2 19.4 5.94 8 7.6 % 143,427 0.07 % 2,773,019,936 116
: 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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Laos Population Forecast

-14,704
YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationLaos
Global Rank
2020 7,275,560 1.54 % 106,879 -14,704 24.4 2.70 32 35.7 % 2,600,131 0.09 % 7,794,798,739 105
2025 7,774,533 1.34 % 99,795 -14,704 26.0 2.70 34 38.8 % 3,018,824 0.09 % 8,184,437,460 105
2030 8,226,273 1.14 % 90,348 -14,704 27.6 2.70 36 42.0 % 3,452,176 0.10 % 8,548,487,400 104
2035 8,625,713 0.95 % 79,888 -14,704 29.2 2.70 37 45.1 % 3,889,031 0.10 % 8,887,524,213 103
2040 8,971,946 0.79 % 69,247 -14,704 31.0 2.70 39 48.1 % 4,314,948 0.10 % 9,198,847,240 103
2045 9,259,156 0.63 % 57,442 -14,704 32.8 2.70 40 51.0 % 4,719,484 0.10 % 9,481,803,274 101
2050 9,479,747 0.47 % 44,118   34.5 2.70 41 53.8 % 5,101,582 0.10 % 9,735,033,990 99
: Worldometers (www.worldometers.info//)
, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2019 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

Laos Demographics

Main Page: Demographics of Laos
Life Expectancy
68.89 years
(life expectancy at birth, both sexes)
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Infant Mortality
33.0
(infant deaths per 1,000 live births)
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Deaths under age 5
40.4
(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)
3,651,794 50.19% 3,623,762 49.81% 7,275,560 1.01

Population Pyramid for Laos (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 1,183,533 50.92% 1,140,808 49.08% 2,324,341 31.95%
15-24 707,870 50.54% 692,781 49.46% 1,400,651 19.25%
25-54 1,411,903 50.09% 1,406,868 49.91% 2,818,771 38.74%
55-64 210,424 49.87% 211,491 50.13% 421,915 5.80%
65+ 138,064 44.55% 171,814 55.45% 309,878 4.26%

Dependency Ratio

View also: Support Ratio


Age Group Total Age Group Population Share of Total Population Dependency Ratio
Youth (0-14 years old) 2,324,341 31.95% 50.1
Working Age Population (15-64 years) 4,641,337 63.79% N.A.
Elderly (65+ years old) 309,878 4.26% 6.7
Total Dependency Ratio
(Youth + Elderly)
2,634,219 36.21% 56.8

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

The Population of Laos (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 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.

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