Namibia Population clock

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

Namibia population 2017

During 2017 Namibia population is projected to increased by 57 953 people and reach 2 600 857 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 58 258. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be declined by 305 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who leave Namibia 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 Namibia population in 2017 will be the following:

The population of Namibia will be increased by 159 persons daily in 2017.

Demographics of Namibia 2016

As of 1 January 2017, the population of Namibia was estimated to be 2 542 904 people. This is an increase of 2.28 % (56 661 people) compared to population of 2 486 243 the year before. In 2016 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 56 960. Due to external migration, the population declined by 298. The sex ratio of the total population was 0.988 (988 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 Namibia population in 2016:

Growth Rate 1952 - 2017

Namibia population density

Namibia population density is 3.1 people per square kilometer as of May 2017. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of Namibia divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of Namibia. The total area of Namibia is 824 290 km2 according to the United Nations Statistics Division .

Namibia age structure

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

34.2 61.7 4.1

- 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 Namibia 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 "Namibia 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 Namibia is 62.2 %.

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 Namibia 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 Namibia 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 Namibia is 55.5 %.

Aged dependency ratio

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

Aged dependency ratio in Namibia is 6.6 %.

Source: The estimation data for section "Namibia 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 Namibia is 52.2 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 52.5 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 51.9 years.

Literacy of population

According to our estimates 1 367 964 persons or 81.8% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Namibia are able to read and write. Accordingly about 304 275 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 79.17% (666 192 persons). 175 331 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 84.48% (701 772 persons). 128 944 are illiterate.

Youth literacy rates are 86.45% and 93.34% for males and females accordingly. The overall youth literacy rate is 89.91%. Youth literacy rate definition covers the population between the ages of 15 to 24 years.

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

Namibia historical population (1951 - 2017)

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

Namibia population history

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
1951489 943N/A %
1952499 5821.97 %
1953509 7962.04 %
1954520 5382.11 %
1955531 7782.16 %
1956543 5012.20 %
1957555 7092.25 %
1958568 4222.29 %
1959581 6692.33 %
1960595 4882.38 %
1961609 9142.42 %
1962624 9702.47 %
1963640 6632.51 %
1964656 9832.55 %
1965673 9252.58 %
1966691 4352.60 %
1967709 4692.61 %
1968728 2122.64 %
1969748 0542.72 %
1970769 3462.85 %
1971792 3482.99 %
1972817 0583.12 %
1973842 8863.16 %
1974868 7483.07 %
1975893 5892.86 %
1976916 9382.61 %
1977938 9812.40 %
1978960 1522.25 %
1979980 9672.17 %
19801 002 0632.15 %
19811 023 6042.15 %
19821 045 6022.15 %
19831 069 2492.26 %
19841 096 8922.59 %
19851 130 7173.08 %
19861 172 0793.66 %
19871 220 9784.17 %
19881 275 5334.47 %
19891 332 4004.46 %
19901 388 1844.19 %
19911 440 8003.79 %
19921 489 9213.41 %
19931 536 5853.13 %
19941 582 6543.00 %
19951 630 0212.99 %
19961 679 7823.05 %
19971 731 7233.09 %
19981 784 0093.02 %
19991 833 6202.78 %
20001 877 6372.40 %
20011 914 4791.96 %
20021 944 3771.56 %
20031 969 1401.27 %
20041 991 6381.14 %
20052 014 8861.17 %
20062 040 4711.27 %
20072 068 5451.38 %
20082 099 4391.49 %
20092 134 0301.65 %
20102 173 0001.83 %
20112 216 9022.02 %
20122 265 9032.21 %
20132 319 1192.35 %
20142 374 7252.40 %
20152 430 8442.36 %
20162 486 2432.28 %
20172 542 9042.28 %

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