Western Sahara Population (LIVE)

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Western Sahara Population (1950 - 2019)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)
  • The current population of Western Sahara is 588,057 as of Sunday, November 17, 2019, based on Worldometers elaboration of the latest United Nations data.
  • Western Sahara 2019 population is estimated at 582,463 people at mid year according to UN data.
  • Western Sahara population is equivalent to 0.01% of the total world population.
  • Western Sahara ranks number 170 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
  • The population density in Western Sahara is 2 per Km2 (6 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 266,000 Km2 (102,703 sq. miles)
  • 86.8 % of the population is urban (505,328 people in 2019)
  • The median age in Western Sahara is 27.1 years.

Population of Western Sahara (2019 and historical)

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationWestern Sahara
Global Rank
2019 582,463 2.65 % 15,061 5,582 27.1 2.56 2 86.8 % 505,328 0.01 % 7,713,468,100 170
2018 567,402 2.68 % 14,787 5,582 27.1 2.56 2 86.7 % 491,873 0.01 % 7,631,091,040 171
2017 552,615 2.57 % 13,866 5,582 27.1 2.56 2 86.6 % 478,697 0.01 % 7,547,858,925 171
2016 538,749 2.38 % 12,533 5,582 27.1 2.56 2 86.6 % 466,364 0.01 % 7,464,022,049 171
2015 526,216 1.84 % 9,188 572 26.8 2.60 2 86.5 % 455,229 0.01 % 7,379,797,139 171
2010 480,274 1.88 % 8,552 1,058 25.5 2.55 2 86.3 % 414,325 0.01 % 6,956,823,603 172
2005 437,515 6.85 % 24,679 18,120 24.2 2.85 2 86.0 % 376,365 0.01 % 6,541,907,027 172
2000 314,118 4.21 % 11,6976,110 22.3 3.40 1 85.8 % 269,434 0.01 % 6,143,493,823 176
1995 255,634 3.31 % 7,675 2,400 21.2 4.00 1 85.5 % 218,624 0.00 % 5,744,212,979 179
1990 217,258 3.56 % 6,967 2,140 21.1 4.60 1 84.1 % 182,689 0.00 % 5,327,231,061 180
1985 182,421 3.87 % 6,309 2,040 21.4 5.33 1 82.3 % 150,098 0.00 % 4,870,921,740 180
1980 150,877 15.02 % 15,185 12,160 21.2 6.23 1 75.7 % 114,195 0.00 % 4,458,003,514 182
1975 74,954 -0.50 % -384 -2,236 16.7 6.57 0 59.5 % 44,566 0.00 % 4,079,480,606 194
1970 76,874 8.57 % 5,181 3,430 20.2 6.60 0 42.1 % 32,358 0.00 % 3,700,437,046 192
1965 50,970 9.24 % 3,642 2,500 21.1 6.53 0 36.2 % 18,443 0.00 % 3,339,583,597 207
1960 32,761 9.15 % 2,323 1,660 20.8 6.42 0 31.2 % 10,218 0.00 % 3,034,949,748 204
1955 21,147 8.97 % 1,476 1,120 20.1 6.34 0 31.1 % 6,576 0.00 % 2,773,019,936 207
: 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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Western Sahara Population Forecast

5,582
YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationWestern Sahara
Global Rank
2020 597,339 2.57 % 14,225 5,582 28.4 2.41 2 86.8 % 518,663 0.01 % 7,794,798,739 170
2025 668,290 2.27 % 14,190 5,582 30.0 2.41 3 87.2 % 583,007 0.01 % 8,184,437,460 169
2030 737,345 1.99 % 13,811 5,582 31.3 2.41 3 87.8 % 647,036 0.01 % 8,548,487,400 168
2035 803,517 1.73 % 13,234 5,582 32.5 2.41 3 88.4 % 710,055 0.01 % 8,887,524,213 167
2040 866,711 1.53 % 12,639 5,582 33.7 2.41 3 89.1 % 771,871 0.01 % 9,198,847,240 166
2045 926,934 1.35 % 12,045 5,582 34.8 2.41 3 89.8 % 832,224 0.01 % 9,481,803,274 165
2050 984,023 1.20 % 11,418   35.9 2.41 4 90.5 % 890,204 0.01 % 9,735,033,990 165
: Worldometers (www.worldometers.info//)
, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2019 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

Western Sahara Demographics

Main Page: Demographics of Western Sahara
Life Expectancy
71.08 years
(life expectancy at birth, both sexes)
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Infant Mortality
24.8
(infant deaths per 1,000 live births)
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Deaths under age 5
29.5
(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)
312,260 52.28% 285,070 47.72% 597,339 1.10

Population Pyramid for Western Sahara (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 82,013 50.49% 80,413 49.51% 162,426 27.19%
15-24 49,978 50.64% 48,724 49.36% 98,702 16.52%
25-54 146,961 53.33% 128,586 46.67% 275,547 46.13%
55-64 22,425 55.56% 17,940 44.44% 40,365 6.76%
65+ 10,883 53.64% 9,407 46.36% 20,290 3.40%

Dependency Ratio

View also: Support Ratio


Age Group Total Age Group Population Share of Total Population Dependency Ratio
Youth (0-14 years old) 162,426 27.19% 39.2
Working Age Population (15-64 years) 414,614 69.41% N.A.
Elderly (65+ years old) 20,290 3.40% 4.9
Total Dependency Ratio
(Youth + Elderly)
182,716 30.59% 44.1

Main Cities by Population in Western Sahara

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

# CITY NAME POPULATION
1 Laayoune 196,331
2 Dakhla 75,000

See also

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Notes

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

The Population of Western Sahara (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 Western Sahara 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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