Central African Republic Population clock (live)

5,351,449
Current population
2,636,466
Current male population (49.3%)
2,714,983
Current female population (50.7%)
13,199
Births this year
150
Births today
5,860
Deaths this year
67
Deaths today
166
Net migration this year
2
Net migration today
7,504
Population growth this year
85
Population growth today

27-01-2020 06:10:36

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



Quick facts about the population of Central African Republic

Current population (as of Monday, January 27, 2020)
5,351,364
Population rank
121 (0.07% of world population)
Total area
622,984 km2 (240,535 mi2)
Population density
8.6 per km2 (22.2 people/mi2)
Sex ratio
0.97 (2,636,466 men to 2,714,983 women)
Median age
17.8 years
Life expectancy
50.1 years (48.8 - men, 51.4 - women)
Literacy
36.8 %

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

Central African Republic population 2020

During 2020 Central African Republic population is projected to increase by 104,153 people and reach 5,448,098 in the beginning of 2021. The natural increase is expected to be positive, as the number of births will exceed the number of deaths by 101,856. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be increased by 2,298 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who move into Central African Republic (to which they are not native) in order to settle there as permanent residents (immigrants) will prevail over the number of people who leave the country to settle permanently in another country (emigrants).

Population change rates in 2020

According to our estimations, daily change rates of Central African Republic population in 2020 will be the following:

The population of Central African Republic will be increasing by 285 persons daily in 2020.

Demographics of Central African Republic 2019

As of 1 January 2020, the population of Central African Republic was estimated to be 5,343,945 people. This is an increase of 1.95 % (102,162 people) compared to population of 5,241,783 the year before. In 2019 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 99,908. Due to external migration, the population increased by 2,254. The sex ratio of the total population was 0.970 (970 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 2019.

Below are the key figures for Central African Republic population in 2019:

Growth Rate 1952 - 2020

Central African Republic population density

Central African Republic population density is 8.6 people per square kilometer (22.2/mi2) as of January 2020. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of Central African Republic divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of Central African Republic. The total area of Central African Republic is 622,984 km2 (240,535 mi2) according to the United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Religion in Central African Republic

Religion Number of followers Percentage of
total population
Christianity4,789,47189.5 %
Islam454,8668.5 %
Folk or traditional religions53,5141.0 %
Religiously Unaffiliated53,5141.0 %

Source: Pew Research Center. The Global Religious Landscape external link.

Number of followers estimated by Countrymeters external link (Monday, January 27 2020).

Central African Republic age structure

As of the beginning of 2020 according to our estimates Central African Republic had the following population age distribution:

41 55.3 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.

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 Central African Republic 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 "Central African Republic 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 Central African Republic is 80.9 %.

As we can see the dependent part of population is comparable to the working part. It means that each working person in Central African Republic must provide goods for himself and cover expenditure on one child or aged person additionally. The value of 80.9 % shows that the pressure on productive population in Central African Republic 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 Central African Republic is 74.2 %.

Aged dependency ratio

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

Aged dependency ratio in Central African Republic is 6.8 %.

Source: The estimation data for section "Central African Republic 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 Central African Republic is 50.1 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). external link

Male life expectancy at birth is 48.8 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 51.4 years.

Literacy of population

According to our estimates 1,174,240 persons or 37.24% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Central African Republic are able to read and write. Accordingly about 1,979,223 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 50.71% (781,559 persons). 759,582 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 24.36% (392,681 persons). 1,219,641 are illiterate.

Youth literacy rates are 48.86% and 26.97% for males and females accordingly. The overall youth literacy rate is 36.36%. Youth literacy rate definition covers the population between the ages of 15 to 24 years.

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

Central African Republic historical population (1951 - 2020)

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

Central African Republic population history

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
19511,333,248N/A %
19521,346,6561.01 %
19531,360,6381.04 %
19541,375,4421.09 %
19551,391,2861.15 %
19561,408,3561.23 %
19571,426,8051.31 %
19581,446,7551.40 %
19591,468,2951.49 %
19601,491,4871.58 %
19611,516,3651.67 %
19621,542,9431.75 %
19631,571,2111.83 %
19641,601,1401.90 %
19651,632,6731.97 %
19661,665,8522.03 %
19671,700,7162.09 %
19681,736,9092.13 %
19691,773,7052.12 %
19701,810,4302.07 %
19711,846,7342.01 %
19721,882,7301.95 %
19731,919,0431.93 %
19741,956,6761.96 %
19751,996,6742.04 %
19762,039,4662.14 %
19772,084,9852.23 %
19782,133,6312.33 %
19792,186,3662.47 %
19802,243,9922.64 %
19812,307,1772.82 %
19822,375,9762.98 %
19832,448,6803.06 %
19842,522,0493.00 %
19852,592,9282.81 %
19862,659,3682.56 %
19872,721,2382.33 %
19882,780,4422.18 %
19892,840,3632.16 %
19902,904,4192.26 %
19912,974,3912.41 %
19923,050,0462.54 %
19933,129,9952.62 %
19943,212,2732.63 %
19953,294,7692.57 %
19963,376,5022.48 %
19973,457,5372.40 %
19983,537,4692.31 %
19993,615,1692.20 %
20003,689,6792.06 %
20013,760,3631.92 %
20023,827,2311.78 %
20033,891,5391.68 %
20043,955,5951.65 %
20054,021,7521.67 %
20064,091,3601.73 %
20074,164,6081.79 %
20084,241,2551.84 %
20094,320,9491.88 %
20104,403,2331.90 %
20114,487,9381.92 %
20124,575,2021.94 %
20134,665,0891.96 %
20144,757,4971.98 %
20154,852,2951.99 %
20164,946,8661.95 %
20175,043,2801.95 %
20185,141,5741.95 %
20195,241,7831.95 %
20205,343,9451.95 %

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

Population projection (2020-2100)

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
20204,920,883N/A %
20255,488,89711.54 %
20306,123,61911.56 %
20356,797,51811.00 %
20407,481,44910.06 %
20458,165,7899.15 %
20508,850,7778.39 %
20559,538,0147.76 %
206010,218,6007.14 %
206510,877,1986.45 %
207011,497,7405.70 %
207512,067,2734.95 %
208012,579,3434.24 %
208513,034,5643.62 %
209013,432,7083.05 %
209513,774,3262.54 %
210014,055,2572.04 %

The data is given as of 1st of July of an year (medium fertility variant).

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