Democratic Republic of the Congo Population clock (live)

18-02-2018 10:03:17
83,874,409
Current population
41,716,932
Current male population (49.7%)
42,157,477
Current female population (50.3%)
472,294
Births this year
4,489
Births today
118,434
Deaths this year
1,126
Deaths today
-2,994
Net migration this year
-28
Net migration today
350,866
Population growth this year
3,335
Population growth today

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

Quick facts about the population of Democratic Republic of the Congo


Current population (as of Sunday, February 18 2018)
83,871,074
Total area
2,344,858 km2 (905,355 mi2)
Population density
35.8 per km2 (92.6 people/mi2)
Sex ratio
0.99 (41,716,932 men to 42,157,477 women)
Median age
16.8 years
Life expectancy
55.3 years (53.9 - men, 56.8 - women)
Literacy
77.3 %

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

Democratic Republic of the Congo population 2018

During 2018 Democratic Republic of the Congo population is projected to increased by 2,642,685 people and reach 86,166,228 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 2,665,236. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be declined by 22,551 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who leave Democratic Republic of the 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 Democratic Republic of the Congo population in 2018 will be the following:

The population of Democratic Republic of the Congo will be increased by 7,240 persons daily in 2018.

Demographics of Democratic Republic of the Congo 2017

As of 1 January 2018, the population of Democratic Republic of the Congo was estimated to be 83,523,543 people. This is an increase of 3.16 % (2,561,635 people) compared to population of 80,961,908 the year before. In 2017 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 2,583,494. Due to external migration, the population declined by 21,860. The sex ratio of the total population was 0.990 (990 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 Democratic Republic of the Congo population in 2017:

Growth Rate 1 - 2018

Democratic Republic of the Congo population density

Democratic Republic of the Congo population density is 35.6 people per square kilometer (92.3/mi2) as of February 2018. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of Democratic Republic of the Congo divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of Democratic Republic of the Congo. The total area of Democratic Republic of the Congo is 2,344,858 km2 (905,355 mi2) according to the United Nations Statistics Division .

Democratic Republic of the Congo age structure

As of the beginning of 2018 according to our estimates Democratic Republic of the Congo had the following population age distribution:

44.4 53 2.6

- 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 Democratic Republic of 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 "Democratic Republic of the 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 Democratic Republic of the Congo is 88.5 %.

As we can see the dependent part of population is comparable to the working part. It means that each working person in Democratic Republic of the Congo must provide goods for himself and cover expenditure on one child or aged person additionally. The value of 88.5 % shows that the pressure on productive population in Democratic Republic of the 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 Democratic Republic of the Congo is 83.7 %.

Aged dependency ratio

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

Aged dependency ratio in Democratic Republic of the Congo is 4.8 %.

Source: The estimation data for section "Democratic Republic of the 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 Democratic Republic of the Congo is 55.3 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 53.9 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 56.8 years.

Literacy of population

According to our estimates 35,897,654 persons or 77.31% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Democratic Republic of the Congo are able to read and write. Accordingly about 10,538,930 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 88.86% (20,374,660 persons). 2,555,058 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 66.04% (15,522,994 persons). 7,983,872 are illiterate.

Youth literacy rates are 91.6% and 80.46% for males and females accordingly. The overall youth literacy rate is 86.04%. Youth literacy rate definition covers the population between the ages of 15 to 24 years.

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

Democratic Republic of the Congo historical population (1951 - 2018)

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

Democratic Republic of the Congo population history

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
195112,306,245N/A %
195212,554,8822.02 %
195312,812,6642.05 %
195413,083,4562.11 %
195513,370,0192.19 %
195613,673,9822.27 %
195713,995,8432.35 %
195814,335,0772.42 %
195914,690,3412.48 %
196015,060,0092.52 %
196115,442,9812.54 %
196215,839,4812.57 %
196316,251,5812.60 %
196416,682,9072.65 %
196517,136,8792.72 %
196617,615,8602.80 %
196718,120,0252.86 %
196818,645,6832.90 %
196919,186,0262.90 %
197019,734,3882.86 %
197120,286,5072.80 %
197220,842,0542.74 %
197321,405,8002.70 %
197421,986,3422.71 %
197522,592,1772.76 %
197623,229,5302.82 %
197723,899,7142.89 %
197824,595,3782.91 %
197925,302,3002.87 %
198026,006,9472.78 %
198126,703,2762.68 %
198227,395,1252.59 %
198328,094,6132.55 %
198428,819,4012.58 %
198529,588,1722.67 %
198630,407,3842.77 %
198731,275,3222.85 %
198832,205,1252.97 %
198933,225,8823.17 %
199034,362,8663.42 %
199135,635,9433.70 %
199237,046,5223.96 %
199338,549,3954.06 %
199440,059,4833.92 %
199541,493,8163.58 %
199642,804,3093.16 %
199743,991,6722.77 %
199845,103,1482.53 %
199946,218,0942.47 %
200047,418,4512.60 %
200148,748,8402.81 %
200250,210,2113.00 %
200351,786,8083.14 %
200453,458,5323.23 %
200555,202,1963.26 %
200657,008,1883.27 %
200758,880,8583.28 %
200860,822,0773.30 %
200962,827,1883.30 %
201064,891,9053.29 %
201167,013,0443.27 %
201269,189,2683.25 %
201371,422,0113.23 %
201473,714,9463.21 %
201576,071,9223.20 %
201678,478,8383.16 %
201780,961,9083.16 %
201883,523,5433.16 %

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