Laos Population clock (live)

22-06-2018 21:27:41
Current population
Current male population (49.9%)
Current female population (50.1%)
Births this year
Births today
Deaths this year
Deaths today
Net migration this year
Net migration today
Population growth this year
Population growth today

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

Quick facts about the population of Laos

Current population (as of Friday, June 22 2018)
Total area
236,800 km2 (91,429 mi2)
Population density
30.2 per km2 (78.1 people/mi2)
Sex ratio
1.00 (3,565,362 men to 3,577,094 women)
Median age
22.7 years
Life expectancy
62.4 years (60.5 - men, 64.4 - women)
79.9 %

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

Laos population 2018

During 2018 Laos population is projected to increased by 117,499 people and reach 7,204,284 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 143,011. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be declined by 25,512 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who leave Laos 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 Laos population in 2018 will be the following:

The population of Laos will be increased by 322 persons daily in 2018.

Demographics of Laos 2017

As of 1 January 2018, the population of Laos was estimated to be 7,086,785 people. This is an increase of 1.66 % (115,583 people) compared to population of 6,971,202 the year before. In 2017 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 140,679. Due to external migration, the population declined by 25,096. 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 Laos population in 2017:

Growth Rate 1952 - 2018

Laos population density

Laos population density is 29.9 people per square kilometer (77.5/mi2) as of June 2018. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of Laos divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of Laos. The total area of Laos is 236,800 km2 (91,429 mi2) according to the United Nations Statistics Division .

Religion in Laos

ReligionNumber of followersPercentage of total population
Religiously Unaffiliated71,4221.0

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 (Friday, June 22 2018).

Laos age structure

As of the beginning of 2018 according to our estimates Laos had the following population age distribution:

36.7 59.6 3.7

- 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.

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 Laos 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 "Laos 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 Laos is 67.9 %.

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 Laos 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 Laos 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 Laos is 61.7 %.

Aged dependency ratio

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

Aged dependency ratio in Laos is 6.2 %.

Source: The estimation data for section "Laos 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 Laos is 62.4 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 60.5 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 64.4 years.

Literacy of population

According to our estimates 3,580,784 persons or 79.86% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Laos are able to read and write. Accordingly about 902,954 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 87.14% (1,922,189 persons). 283,573 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 72.81% (1,658,594 persons). 619,382 are illiterate.

Youth literacy rates are 93.1% and 87.28% for males and females accordingly. The overall youth literacy rate is 90.23%. Youth literacy rate definition covers the population between the ages of 15 to 24 years.

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

Laos historical population (1951 - 2018)

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

Laos population history

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
19511,702,983N/A %
19521,743,4212.37 %
19531,784,5012.36 %
19541,826,2942.34 %
19551,868,8702.33 %
19561,912,2992.32 %
19571,956,6482.32 %
19582,001,9842.32 %
19592,048,3762.32 %
19602,095,8942.32 %
19612,144,6162.32 %
19622,194,6262.33 %
19632,246,0212.34 %
19642,298,9102.35 %
19652,353,4032.37 %
19662,409,2952.37 %
19672,466,3102.37 %
19682,524,9682.38 %
19692,586,5452.44 %
19702,652,1362.54 %
19712,722,8302.67 %
19722,798,8012.79 %
19732,877,0582.80 %
19742,951,8462.60 %
19753,017,7042.23 %
19763,071,4021.78 %
19773,113,2161.36 %
19783,147,8191.11 %
19793,183,2081.12 %
19803,227,4861.39 %
19813,285,1361.79 %
19823,356,3422.17 %
19833,439,3032.47 %
19843,531,4312.68 %
19853,629,7582.78 %
19863,732,6882.84 %
19873,840,1482.88 %
19883,952,0942.92 %
19894,068,0282.93 %
19904,187,3872.93 %
19914,309,6942.92 %
19924,434,2602.89 %
19934,559,3282.82 %
19944,682,1852.69 %
19954,800,2302.52 %
19964,912,0392.33 %
19975,017,4812.15 %
19985,116,8651.98 %
19995,210,6401.83 %
20005,299,5431.71 %
20015,383,7901.59 %
20025,463,5211.48 %
20035,540,6721.41 %
20045,618,9491.41 %
20055,701,9531.48 %
20065,791,9251.58 %
20075,889,2361.68 %
20085,992,5371.75 %
20096,099,2961.78 %
20106,206,8491.76 %
20116,313,7271.72 %
20126,419,9801.68 %
20136,526,5181.66 %
20146,634,6431.66 %
20156,745,6621.67 %
20166,857,5051.66 %
20176,971,2021.66 %
20187,086,7851.66 %

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