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

Guatemala population 2017

During 2017 Guatemala population is projected to increased by 349 444 people and reach 17 206 382 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 375 573. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be declined by 26 128 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who leave Guatemala 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 Guatemala population in 2017 will be the following:

The population of Guatemala will be increased by 957 persons daily in 2017.

Demographics of Guatemala 2016

As of 1 January 2017, the population of Guatemala was estimated to be 16 856 938 people. This is an increase of 2.07 % (342 347 people) compared to population of 16 514 591 the year before. In 2016 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 367 945. Due to external migration, the population declined by 25 598. The sex ratio of the total population was 0.951 (951 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 Guatemala population in 2016:

Growth Rate 1952 - 2017

Guatemala population density

Guatemala population density is 154.8 people per square kilometer as of March 2017. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of Guatemala divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of Guatemala. The total area of Guatemala is 108 890 km2 according to the United Nations Statistics Division .

Guatemala age structure

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

38.1 58 3.9

- 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 Guatemala 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 "Guatemala 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 Guatemala is 72.4 %.

What does this value mean? It shows that the dependent part of population is more than a half of the working part. It means that the working population (labor force) in Guatemala must provide goods for itself and cover expenditure on children and aged persons (this population is more than a half of working population). The value of more than 50% shows that the pressure on productive population in Guatemala is relatively 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 Guatemala is 65.6 %.

Aged dependency ratio

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

Aged dependency ratio in Guatemala is 6.8 %.

Source: The estimation data for section "Guatemala 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 Guatemala is 70.9 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 69 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 72.8 years.

Literacy of population

According to our estimates 8 290 999 persons or 79.4% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Guatemala are able to read and write. Accordingly about 2 151 201 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 84.75% (4 279 868 persons). 770 303 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 74.39% (4 011 130 persons). 1 380 899 are illiterate.

Youth literacy rates are 95.51% and 91.01% for males and females accordingly. The overall youth literacy rate is 93.26%. Youth literacy rate definition covers the population between the ages of 15 to 24 years.

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

Guatemala historical population (1951 - 2017)

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

Guatemala population history

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
19513 191 998N/A %
19523 284 2352.89 %
19533 377 2992.83 %
19543 471 3292.78 %
19553 566 5432.74 %
19563 663 2362.71 %
19573 761 7862.69 %
19583 862 6382.68 %
19593 966 2842.68 %
19604 073 2132.70 %
19614 183 8202.72 %
19624 298 3322.74 %
19634 416 7512.75 %
19644 538 8852.77 %
19654 664 5252.77 %
19664 793 5422.77 %
19674 925 9922.76 %
19685 062 2832.77 %
19695 203 0942.78 %
19705 349 0552.81 %
19715 500 6042.83 %
19725 657 7722.86 %
19735 819 8502.86 %
19745 985 5292.85 %
19756 153 5202.81 %
19766 322 9962.75 %
19776 493 8702.70 %
19786 666 9842.67 %
19796 843 8752.65 %
19807 026 0602.66 %
19817 214 5132.68 %
19827 409 2792.70 %
19837 609 1522.70 %
19847 811 9782.67 %
19858 015 6572.61 %
19868 218 9992.54 %
19878 422 1422.47 %
19888 626 5962.43 %
19898 834 8462.41 %
19909 049 4162.43 %
19919 271 7742.46 %
19929 502 0572.48 %
19939 739 5882.50 %
19949 983 2632.50 %
199510 231 9092.49 %
199610 484 8272.47 %
199710 742 0432.45 %
199811 004 3002.44 %
199911 272 8152.44 %
200011 548 7382.45 %
200111 832 6932.46 %
200212 124 4672.47 %
200312 422 7772.46 %
200412 725 5292.44 %
200513 030 6082.40 %
200613 336 7732.35 %
200713 643 8352.30 %
200813 952 1582.26 %
200914 262 3602.22 %
201014 575 1472.19 %
201114 890 7712.17 %
201215 209 0202.14 %
201315 529 7762.11 %
201415 853 1442.08 %
201516 179 1962.06 %
201616 514 5912.07 %
201716 856 9382.07 %

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