Congo Population clock (live)

20-02-2018 10:20:37
4,938,319
Current population
2,471,934
Current male population (50.1%)
2,466,385
Current female population (49.9%)
25,382
Births this year
238
Births today
6,138
Deaths this year
57
Deaths today
-1,878
Net migration this year
-18
Net migration today
17,366
Population growth this year
163
Population growth today

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

Quick facts about the population of Congo


Current population (as of Tuesday, February 20 2018)
4,938,156
Total area
342,000 km2 (132,047 mi2)
Population density
14.4 per km2 (37.4 people/mi2)
Sex ratio
1.00 (2,471,934 men to 2,466,385 women)
Median age
18.9 years
Life expectancy
54.9 years (53.6 - men, 56.3 - women)
Literacy
79.3 %

(Population figures are estimates by Countrymeters (countrymeters.info) based on the latest United Nations data)

Congo population 2018

During 2018 Congo population is projected to increased by 125,583 people and reach 5,046,536 in the beginning of 2019. The natural increase is expected to be positive, as the number of births will exceed the number of deaths by 139,165. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be declined by 13,582 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 2018

According to our estimations, daily change rates of Congo population in 2018 will be the following:

The population of Congo will be increased by 344 persons daily in 2018.

Demographics of Congo 2017

As of 1 January 2018, the population of Congo was estimated to be 4,920,953 people. This is an increase of 2.55 % (122,458 people) compared to population of 4,798,495 the year before. In 2017 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 135,701. Due to external migration, the population declined by 13,244. The sex ratio of the total population was 1.000 (1,000 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 2017.

Below are the key figures for Congo population in 2017:

Growth Rate 1 - 2018

Congo population density

Congo population density is 14.4 people per square kilometer (37.3/mi2) as of February 2018. 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 (132,047 mi2) according to the United Nations Statistics Division .

Congo age structure

As of the beginning of 2018 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 2,131,614 persons or 79.57% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Congo are able to read and write. Accordingly about 547,451 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 86.43% (1,142,457 persons). 179,311 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 72.88% (989,157 persons). 368,140 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 - 2018)

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 %
20184,920,9532.55 %

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