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Source : United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs: Population Division external link .


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Population of Colombia 2016

As of 1 January 2017, the population of Colombia was estimated to be 48 956 627 people. This is an increase of 0.98 % (475 599 people) compared to population of 48 481 028 the year before. In 2016 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 505 657. Due to external migration, the population declined by 30 058. The sex ratio of the total population was 0.968 (968 males per 1 000 females) which is lower than global sex ratio. The global sex ratio in the world was approximately 1 016 males to 1 000 females as of 2016. See also map of the world by sex ratio of total population.

Below are the key figures for Colombia population in 2016:

Colombia population 2017

During 2017 Colombia population is projected to increased by 480 265 people and reach 49 436 892 in the beginning of 2018. The natural increase is expected to be positive, as the number of births will exceed the number of deaths by 510 618. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be declined by 30 353 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who leave Colombia to settle permanently in another country (emigrants) will prevail over the number of people who move into the country (to which they are not native) in order to settle there as permanent residents (immigrants).

Population dynamics in 2017

According to our estimations, daily change rates of Colombia population in 2017 will be the following:

The population of Colombia will be increased by 1 316 persons daily in 2017.

Colombia population density

Colombia population density is 42.9 people per square kilometer as of January 2017. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of Colombia divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of Colombia. The total area of Colombia is 1 141 750 km2 according to the United Nations Statistics Division .

Colombia age structure

As of the beginning of 2017 according to our estimates Colombia had the following population age distribution:

26.7 67.2 6.1

- percentage of population under 15
- percentage of population between 15 and 64 years old
- percentage of population 65+

In absolute figures (estimate):

We prepared a simplified model of the population distribution pyramid which is broken down into 3 main age groups. The groups are the same as we used above: population under 15, between 15 and 64 and population which is over 65 year old.

65+
15-64
0-14
male female

Note: The pyramid provided is not corresponding to data given above because the age groups have different number of years.

As we can see the Colombia population pyramid has an expanding type. This type of pyramid is common for developing countries with high birth and death rates. Relatively short life expectancy, as well as low level of education and poor health care are also describe such kind of population age distribution model.

Source: The estimation data for section "Colombia age structure" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Age dependency ratio

Dependency ratio of population is a ratio of people who are generally not in the labor force (the dependents) to workforce of a country (the productive part of population). The dependent part includes the population under 15 years old and people aged 65 and over. The productive part of population accordingly consists of population between 15 and 64 years.

This ratio shows the pressure on productive population produced by the dependent part of population.

The total dependency ratio of population in Colombia is 48.9 %.

The value of 48.9 % is relatively low. It shows that the dependent part of population is less than a half of the working part. In other words the working population (labor force) in Colombia must provide goods for itself and cover expenditure on children and aged persons. And this part of population is less than 50% of working population. The value of less than 50% means that the pressure on productive population in Colombia is relatively low.

Child dependency ratio

Child dependency ratio is a ratio of people below working age (under 15) to workforce of a country.

Child dependency ratio in Colombia is 39.8 %.

Aged dependency ratio

Aged dependency ratio is a ratio of people above working age (65+) to workforce of a country.

Aged dependency ratio in Colombia is 9.1 %.

Source: The estimation data for section "Colombia age dependency ratio" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Life expectancy

Life expectancy at birth is one of the most important demographic indicator. It shows the number of years a newborn infant would live assuming that birth and death rates will remain at the same level during the whole lifetime.

Total life expectancy (both sexes) at birth for Colombia is 74.6 years.
This is above the average life expectancy at birth of the global population which is about 71 years (according to Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations).

Male life expectancy at birth is 71.3 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 78 years.

Literacy of population

According to our estimates 33 972 389 persons or 94.68% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Colombia are able to read and write. Accordingly about 1 910 860 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 94.58% (16 549 681 persons). 948 396 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 94.77% (17 422 708 persons). 962 464 are illiterate.

Youth literacy rates are 98.23% and 99.1% for males and females accordingly. The overall youth literacy rate is 98.66%. Youth literacy rate definition covers the population between the ages of 15 to 24 years.

Source: The estimation data for section "Colombia population literacy" is based on the latest data published by UNESCO Institute for Statistics (retrieved March 13, 2016) external link.

Colombia historical population (1951 - 2017)

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.

Growth Rate 1952 - 2017

Colombia population history

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
195112 520 424N/A %
195212 882 3192.89 %
195313 251 6672.87 %
195413 631 6832.87 %
195514 024 9592.89 %
195614 433 4582.91 %
195714 858 5112.94 %
195815 300 8482.98 %
195915 760 6413.01 %
196016 237 6383.03 %
196116 731 3493.04 %
196217 241 2403.05 %
196317 766 8573.05 %
196418 307 7603.04 %
196518 863 0963.03 %
196619 432 8423.02 %
196720 016 4173.00 %
196820 608 2152.96 %
196921 198 0052.86 %
197021 776 0812.73 %
197122 336 6012.57 %
197222 879 3962.43 %
197323 410 6542.32 %
197423 941 2642.27 %
197524 482 4962.26 %
197625 040 1912.28 %
197725 614 2682.29 %
197826 203 6482.30 %
197926 807 8412.31 %
198027 425 7082.30 %
198128 056 9502.30 %
198228 701 5772.30 %
198329 357 1272.28 %
198430 018 5892.25 %
198530 680 8842.21 %
198631 340 7332.15 %
198731 997 0532.09 %
198832 649 9302.04 %
198933 299 9881.99 %
199033 948 0031.95 %
199134 594 1671.90 %
199235 237 7271.86 %
199335 876 9271.81 %
199436 509 3551.76 %
199537 132 7601.71 %
199637 745 5101.65 %
199738 347 2251.59 %
199838 939 7341.55 %
199939 526 6691.51 %
200040 111 6191.48 %
200140 696 4341.46 %
200241 280 7011.44 %
200341 862 3201.41 %
200442 438 1521.38 %
200543 004 8971.34 %
200643 560 6901.29 %
200744 105 1961.25 %
200844 638 1541.21 %
200945 158 9681.17 %
201045 667 1891.13 %
201146 162 2741.08 %
201246 643 7321.04 %
201347 111 6911.00 %
201447 566 8780.97 %
201548 010 0490.93 %
201648 481 0280.98 %
201748 956 6270.98 %

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.