Zambia Population (LIVE)

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Zambia Population (1950 - 2019)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)
  • The current population of Zambia is 18,014,955 as of Friday, October 18, 2019, based on Worldometers elaboration of the latest United Nations data.
  • Zambia 2019 population is estimated at 17,861,030 people at mid year according to UN data.
  • Zambia population is equivalent to 0.23% of the total world population.
  • Zambia ranks number 65 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
  • The population density in Zambia is 24 per Km2 (62 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 743,390 Km2 (287,024 sq. miles)
  • 44.8 % of the population is urban (7,993,486 people in 2019)
  • The median age in Zambia is 16.9 years.

Population of Zambia (2019 and historical)

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationZambia
Global Rank
2019 17,861,030 2.94 % 509,322 -8,000 16.9 5.09 24 44.8 % 7,993,486 0.23 % 7,713,468,100 65
2018 17,351,708 2.96 % 498,109 -8,000 16.9 5.09 23 44.2 % 7,663,677 0.23 % 7,631,091,040 65
2017 16,853,599 3.00 % 490,141 -8,000 16.9 5.09 23 43.6 % 7,346,421 0.22 % 7,547,858,925 68
2016 16,363,458 3.05 % 484,097 -8,000 16.9 5.09 22 43.0 % 7,041,082 0.22 % 7,464,022,049 69
2015 15,879,361 3.14 % 454,675 -10,000 16.7 5.20 21 42.5 % 6,747,236 0.22 % 7,379,797,139 69
2010 13,605,984 2.79 % 349,947 -35,000 16.2 5.60 18 40.1 % 5,450,667 0.20 % 6,956,823,603 70
2005 11,856,247 2.62 % 288,061 -30,000 16.3 5.95 16 37.5 % 4,448,559 0.18 % 6,541,907,027 71
2000 10,415,944 2.75 % 263,8674,000 16.6 6.10 14 35.2 % 3,665,128 0.17 % 6,143,493,823 73
1995 9,096,607 2.51 % 211,952 -30,000 16.4 6.30 12 37.3 % 3,390,243 0.16 % 5,744,212,979 80
1990 8,036,845 3.03 % 222,739 -15,000 16.2 6.60 11 39.4 % 3,163,284 0.15 % 5,327,231,061 81
1985 6,923,149 3.42 % 214,265 2,000 15.9 6.90 9 39.8 % 2,758,109 0.14 % 4,870,921,740 82
1980 5,851,825 3.43 % 181,708 -5,000 15.7 7.25 8 40.1 % 2,344,812 0.13 % 4,458,003,514 86
1975 4,943,283 3.42 % 152,843 -4,000 15.7 7.40 7 35.1 % 1,734,432 0.12 % 4,079,480,606 89
1970 4,179,067 3.20 % 121,721 -4,408 16.0 7.30 6 30.3 % 1,266,841 0.11 % 3,700,437,046 94
1965 3,570,464 3.06 % 99,938 -7,066 16.4 7.25 5 23.3 % 832,850 0.11 % 3,339,583,597 99
1960 3,070,776 3.03 % 85,160 0 17.1 6.95 4 18.0 % 552,492 0.10 % 3,034,949,748 97
1955 2,644,976 2.74 % 66,907 0 17.4 6.70 4 14.5 % 382,236 0.10 % 2,773,019,936 99
: 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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Zambia Population Forecast

-5,000
YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationZambia
Global Rank
2020 18,383,955 2.97 % 500,919 -8,000 17.6 4.66 25 45.3 % 8,336,381 0.24 % 7,794,798,739 65
2025 21,196,801 2.89 % 562,569 -8,000 18.5 4.66 29 48.4 % 10,256,668 0.26 % 8,184,437,460 63
2030 24,325,505 2.79 % 625,741 -5,000 19.3 4.66 33 51.6 % 12,548,518 0.28 % 8,548,487,400 62
2035 27,721,896 2.65 % 679,278 -5,000 20.2 4.66 37 54.9 % 15,219,971 0.31 % 8,887,524,213 60
2040 31,338,483 2.48 % 723,317 -5,000 21.0 4.66 42 58.3 % 18,271,801 0.34 % 9,198,847,240 58
2045 35,149,038 2.32 % 762,111 -5,000 21.8 4.66 47 61.8 % 21,722,143 0.37 % 9,481,803,274 57
2050 39,120,917 2.16 % 794,376   22.8 4.66 53 65.4 % 25,576,780 0.40 % 9,735,033,990 53
: Worldometers (www.worldometers.info//)
, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2019 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

Zambia Demographics

Main Page: Demographics of Zambia
Life Expectancy
64.70 years
(life expectancy at birth, both sexes)
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Infant Mortality
39.4
(infant deaths per 1,000 live births)
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Deaths under age 5
52.4
(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)
9,103,006 49.52% 9,280,950 50.48% 18,383,955 0.98

Population Pyramid for Zambia (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 4,083,160 50.46% 4,008,980 49.54% 8,092,140 44.02%
15-24 1,929,122 49.87% 1,939,400 50.13% 3,868,522 21.04%
25-54 2,675,433 48.95% 2,790,691 51.05% 5,466,124 29.73%
55-64 261,882 46.33% 303,334 53.67% 565,216 3.07%
65+ 153,409 39.14% 238,545 60.86% 391,954 2.13%

Dependency Ratio

View also: Support Ratio


Age Group Total Age Group Population Share of Total Population Dependency Ratio
Youth (0-14 years old) 8,092,140 44.02% 81.7
Working Age Population (15-64 years) 9,899,862 53.85% N.A.
Elderly (65+ years old) 391,954 2.13% 4.0
Total Dependency Ratio
(Youth + Elderly)
8,484,094 46.15% 85.7

Main Cities by Population in Zambia

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

# CITY NAME POPULATION
1 Lusaka 1,267,440
2 Kitwe 400,914
3 Ndola 394,518
4 Kabwe 188,979
5 Chingola 148,564
6 Mufulira 120,500
7 Luanshya 113,365
8 Livingstone 109,203
9 Kasama 91,056
10 Chipata 85,963
11 Kalulushi 66,575
12 Mazabuka 64,006
13 Chililabombwe 57,328
14 Mongu 52,534
15 Kafue 47,554
16 Choma 46,746
17 Mansa 42,277
18 Kansanshi 40,705
19 Kapiri Mposhi 37,942
20 Monze 30,257
21 Mpika 28,445
22 Nchelenge 23,693
23 Kawambwa 20,589
24 Mbala 20,570
25 Samfya 20,470
26 Sesheke 20,149
27 Petauke 19,296
28 Mumbwa 19,086
29 Siavonga 18,638

See also

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Notes

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

The Population of Zambia (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 Zambia 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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