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

Democratic Republic of the Congo population 2017

During 2017 Democratic Republic of the Congo population is projected to increased by 2 561 635 people and reach 83 523 543 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 2 583 494. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be declined by 21 860 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 2017

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

The population of Democratic Republic of the Congo will be increased by 7 018 persons daily in 2017.

Demographics of Democratic Republic of the Congo 2016

As of 1 January 2017, the population of Democratic Republic of the Congo was estimated to be 80 961 908 people. This is an increase of 3.16 % (2 483 070 people) compared to population of 78 478 838 the year before. In 2016 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 2 504 260. Due to external migration, the population declined by 21 189. 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 2016.

Below are the key figures for Democratic Republic of the Congo population in 2016:

Growth Rate 1952 - 2017

Democratic Republic of the Congo population density

Democratic Republic of the Congo population density is 34.5 people per square kilometer as of April 2017. 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 according to the United Nations Statistics Division .

Democratic Republic of the Congo age structure

As of the beginning of 2017 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 34 796 686 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 10 215 706 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 88.86% (19 749 776 persons). 2 476 696 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 66.04% (15 046 910 persons). 7 739 010 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 - 2017)

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 %

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