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

Congo population 2017

During 2017 Congo population is projected to increased by 122 458 people and reach 4 920 953 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 135 701. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be declined by 13 244 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who leave Congo 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 change rates in 2017

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

The population of Congo will be increased by 336 persons daily in 2017.

Demographics of Congo 2016

As of 1 January 2017, the population of Congo was estimated to be 4 798 495 people. This is an increase of 2.55 % (119 410 people) compared to population of 4 679 085 the year before. In 2016 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 132 325. Due to external migration, the population declined by 12 914. The sex ratio of the total population was 1.002 (1 002 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.

Below are the key figures for Congo population in 2016:

Growth Rate 1952 - 2017

Congo population density

Congo population density is 14.0 people per square kilometer as of August 2017. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of Congo divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of Congo. The total area of Congo is 342 000 km2 according to the United Nations Statistics Division .

Congo age structure

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

45.6 51.7 2.8

- 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 Congo 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 "Congo 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 Congo is 93.6 %.

As we can see the dependent part of population is comparable to the working part. It means that each working person in Congo must provide goods for himself and cover expenditure on one child or aged person additionally. The value of 93.6 % shows that the pressure on productive population in Congo is very high.

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 Congo is 88.2 %.

Aged dependency ratio

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

Aged dependency ratio in Congo is 5.4 %.

Source: The estimation data for section "Congo 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 Congo is 54.9 years.
This is below 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 53.6 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 56.3 years.

Literacy of population

According to our estimates 2 078 569 persons or 79.57% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Congo are able to read and write. Accordingly about 533 828 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 86.43% (1 114 027 persons). 174 849 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 72.88% (964 542 persons). 358 979 are illiterate.

Youth literacy rates are 85.68% and 76.95% for males and females accordingly. The overall youth literacy rate is 80.91%. Youth literacy rate definition covers the population between the ages of 15 to 24 years.

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

Congo historical population (1951 - 2017)

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

Congo population history

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
1951815 928N/A %
1952832 8012.07 %
1953850 5942.14 %
1954869 2742.20 %
1955888 8332.25 %
1956909 2842.30 %
1957930 6632.35 %
1958953 0262.40 %
1959976 4472.46 %
19601 001 0072.52 %
19611 026 7742.57 %
19621 053 7892.63 %
19631 082 0572.68 %
19641 111 5522.73 %
19651 142 2542.76 %
19661 174 1332.79 %
19671 207 2012.82 %
19681 241 6162.85 %
19691 277 6642.90 %
19701 315 6142.97 %
19711 355 6403.04 %
19721 397 7473.11 %
19731 441 6793.14 %
19741 486 9663.14 %
19751 533 1433.11 %
19761 579 9263.05 %
19771 627 2903.00 %
19781 675 4582.96 %
19791 724 8202.95 %
19801 775 7742.95 %
19811 828 5402.97 %
19821 883 0962.98 %
19831 939 1982.98 %
19841 996 4582.95 %
19852 054 4842.91 %
19862 113 0892.85 %
19872 172 3182.80 %
19882 232 3012.76 %
19892 293 1932.73 %
19902 355 1792.70 %
19912 418 2962.68 %
19922 482 5162.66 %
19932 548 1072.64 %
19942 615 6352.65 %
19952 685 6212.68 %
19962 758 5902.72 %
19972 834 7712.76 %
19982 913 3252.77 %
19992 992 4902.72 %
20003 070 6192.61 %
20013 146 5762.47 %
20023 220 3752.35 %
20033 294 2162.29 %
20043 372 0782.36 %
20053 457 8392.54 %
20063 553 8412.78 %
20073 660 1302.99 %
20083 774 2183.12 %
20093 891 7793.11 %
20104 008 4323.00 %
20114 121 7572.83 %
20124 231 8122.67 %
20134 340 2612.56 %
20144 449 6482.52 %
20154 562 6462.54 %
20164 679 0852.55 %
20174 798 4952.55 %

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