Guatemala Population clock (live)

22-07-2018 08:14:48
17,404,159
Current population
8,482,975
Current male population (48.7%)
8,921,184
Current female population (51.3%)
264,275
Births this year
503
Births today
51,710
Deaths this year
98
Deaths today
-14,788
Net migration this year
-28
Net migration today
197,777
Population growth this year
377
Population growth today

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

Quick facts about the population of Guatemala


Current population (as of Sunday, July 22 2018)
17,403,782
Total area
108,890 km2 (42,043 mi2)
Population density
159.8 per km2 (414.0 people/mi2)
Sex ratio
0.95 (8,482,975 men to 8,921,184 women)
Median age
21.3 years
Life expectancy
70.9 years (69.0 - men, 72.8 - women)
Literacy
79.3 %

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

Guatemala population 2018

During 2018 Guatemala population is projected to increased by 356,688 people and reach 17,563,070 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 383,358. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be declined by 26,670 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 2018

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

The population of Guatemala will be increased by 977 persons daily in 2018.

Demographics of Guatemala 2017

As of 1 January 2018, the population of Guatemala was estimated to be 17,206,382 people. This is an increase of 2.07 % (349,444 people) compared to population of 16,856,938 the year before. In 2017 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 375,573. Due to external migration, the population declined by 26,128. The sex ratio of the total population was 0.950 (950 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 Guatemala population in 2017:

Growth Rate 1952 - 2018

Guatemala population density

Guatemala population density is 158.0 people per square kilometer (409.3/mi2) as of July 2018. 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 (42,043 mi2) according to the United Nations Statistics Division .

Religion in Guatemala

ReligionNumber of followersPercentage of total population
Christianity16,585,80495.3
Religiously Unaffiliated713,5554.1

Source: Pew Research Center. The Global Religious Landscape: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Major Religious Groups as of 2010 external link.

Number of followers estimated by Countrymeters external link (Sunday, July 22 2018).

Guatemala age structure

As of the beginning of 2018 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 8,462,870 persons or 79.4% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Guatemala are able to read and write. Accordingly about 2,195,795 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 84.75% (4,368,589 persons). 786,271 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 74.39% (4,094,281 persons). 1,409,524 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 - 2018)

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 %
201817,206,3822.07 %

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