Mauritania Population (LIVE)

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Mauritania Population (1950 - 2019)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)
  • The current population of Mauritania is 4,572,270 as of Sunday, November 17, 2019, based on Worldometers elaboration of the latest United Nations data.
  • Mauritania 2019 population is estimated at 4,525,696 people at mid year according to UN data.
  • Mauritania population is equivalent to 0.06% of the total world population.
  • Mauritania ranks number 127 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
  • The population density in Mauritania is 4 per Km2 (11 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 1,030,700 Km2 (397,955 sq. miles)
  • 56.1 % of the population is urban (2,540,632 people in 2019)
  • The median age in Mauritania is 19.7 years.

Population of Mauritania (2019 and historical)

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationMauritania
Global Rank
2019 4,525,696 2.78 % 122,383 5,000 19.7 4.82 4 56.1 % 2,540,632 0.06 % 7,713,468,100 127
2018 4,403,313 2.82 % 120,743 5,000 19.7 4.82 4 55.3 % 2,436,744 0.06 % 7,631,091,040 127
2017 4,282,570 2.86 % 119,037 5,000 19.7 4.82 4 54.5 % 2,334,906 0.06 % 7,547,858,925 127
2016 4,163,533 2.90 % 117,232 5,000 19.7 4.82 4 53.7 % 2,234,912 0.06 % 7,464,022,049 128
2015 4,046,301 2.98 % 110,421 5,000 19.6 4.88 4 52.8 % 2,136,699 0.05 % 7,379,797,139 129
2010 3,494,195 2.93 % 94,000 2,000 19.1 5.07 3 48.1 % 1,681,621 0.05 % 6,956,823,603 132
2005 3,024,194 2.83 % 78,795 -2,001 18.5 5.30 3 43.6 % 1,318,368 0.05 % 6,541,907,027 135
2000 2,630,219 2.60 % 63,318-8,801 17.9 5.52 3 39.2 % 1,032,034 0.04 % 6,143,493,823 137
1995 2,313,630 2.61 % 55,857 -8,924 17.6 5.72 2 38.9 % 900,703 0.04 % 5,744,212,979 137
1990 2,034,346 2.71 % 50,863 -8,000 17.4 6.05 2 39.2 % 798,307 0.04 % 5,327,231,061 140
1985 1,780,030 2.93 % 47,878 -3,220 17.3 6.30 2 34.8 % 619,375 0.04 % 4,870,921,740 140
1980 1,540,640 2.97 % 42,008 -1,940 17.1 6.57 1 27.3 % 419,900 0.03 % 4,458,003,514 140
1975 1,330,598 3.02 % 36,764 -1,190 16.9 6.75 1 20.5 % 273,299 0.03 % 4,079,480,606 141
1970 1,146,780 3.07 % 32,174 -552 17.0 6.79 1 14.6 % 167,332 0.03 % 3,700,437,046 141
1965 985,910 3.00 % 27,105 -364 17.4 6.79 1 10.2 % 100,130 0.03 % 3,339,583,597 143
1960 850,384 2.87 % 22,417 -320 17.8 6.71 1 6.9 % 59,044 0.03 % 3,034,949,748 142
1955 738,299 2.53 % 17,373 -260 18.0 6.34 1 4.7 % 34,636 0.03 % 2,773,019,936 143
: 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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Mauritania Population Forecast

3,000
YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationMauritania
Global Rank
2020 4,649,658 2.82 % 120,671 5,000 20.1 4.59 5 56.9 % 2,646,714 0.06 % 7,794,798,739 127
2025 5,290,949 2.62 % 128,258 4,001 20.7 4.59 5 60.6 % 3,206,736 0.06 % 8,184,437,460 125
2030 5,967,168 2.43 % 135,244 3,000 21.4 4.59 6 63.8 % 3,807,767 0.07 % 8,548,487,400 121
2035 6,680,816 2.29 % 142,730 3,000 22.3 4.59 6 66.5 % 4,444,113 0.08 % 8,887,524,213 115
2040 7,432,083 2.15 % 150,253 3,000 23.1 4.59 7 68.7 % 5,105,847 0.08 % 9,198,847,240 114
2045 8,215,471 2.02 % 156,678 3,000 23.9 4.59 8 70.6 % 5,802,413 0.09 % 9,481,803,274 112
2050 9,024,892 1.90 % 161,884   24.7 4.59 9 72.4 % 6,532,273 0.09 % 9,735,033,990 106
: Worldometers (www.worldometers.info//)
, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2019 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

Mauritania Demographics

Main Page: Demographics of Mauritania
Life Expectancy
65.57 years
(life expectancy at birth, both sexes)
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Infant Mortality
48.2
(infant deaths per 1,000 live births)
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Deaths under age 5
71.2
(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)
2,334,981 50.22% 2,314,679 49.78% 4,649,658 1.01

Population Pyramid for Mauritania (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
0-14 937,521 50.81% 907,701 49.19% 1,845,222 39.69%
15-24 449,113 50.67% 437,175 49.33% 886,288 19.06%
25-54 786,819 50.31% 777,025 49.69% 1,563,844 33.63%
55-64 98,380 47.63% 108,163 52.37% 206,543 4.44%
65+ 63,148 42.74% 84,615 57.26% 147,763 3.18%

Dependency Ratio

View also: Support Ratio


Age Group Total Age Group Population Share of Total Population Dependency Ratio
Youth (0-14 years old) 1,845,222 39.69% 69.5
Working Age Population (15-64 years) 2,656,675 57.14% N.A.
Elderly (65+ years old) 147,763 3.18% 5.6
Total Dependency Ratio
(Youth + Elderly)
1,992,985 42.86% 75.0

Main Cities by Population in Mauritania

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

# CITY NAME POPULATION
1 Nouakchott 661,400
2 Nouadhibou 72,337
3 Nema 60,000
4 Kaedi 55,374
5 Rosso 48,922
6 Kiffa 40,281
7 Zouerate 38,000
8 Atar 24,021
9 Tekane 22,041
10 Selibaby 18,424
11 Aleg 15,211

See also

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Notes

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

The Population of Mauritania (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 Mauritania 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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