|Current male population (49.4%)|
|Current female population (50.6%)|
|Births this year|
|Deaths this year|
|Net migration this year|
|Net migration today|
|Population growth this year|
|Population growth today|
|Current population (as of Monday, November 19 2018)|
|11,300 km2 (4,363 mi2)|
|196.2 per km2 (508.3 people/mi2)|
|0.98 (1,094,832 men to 1,122,731 women)|
|63.5 years (61.2 - men, 65.9 - women)|
(Population figures are estimates by Countrymeters (countrymeters.info) based on the latest United Nations data)
During 2018 Gambia population is projected to increased by 69,745 people and reach 2,225,703 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 72,893. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be declined by 3,148 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who leave Gambia 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).
According to our estimations, daily change rates of Gambia population in 2018 will be the following:
As of 1 January 2018, the population of Gambia was estimated to be 2,155,958 people. This is an increase of 3.24 % (67,560 people) compared to population of 2,088,398 the year before. In 2017 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 70,609. Due to external migration, the population declined by 3,049. The sex ratio of the total population was 0.980 (980 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 Gambia population in 2017:
Gambia population density is 190.8 people per square kilometer (494.2/mi2) as of November 2018. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of Gambia divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of Gambia. The total area of Gambia is 11,300 km2 (4,363 mi2) according to the United Nations Statistics Division .
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As of the beginning of 2018 according to our estimates Gambia had the following population age distribution:
|- 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.
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 Gambia 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.
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 Gambia is 75.8 %.
As we can see the dependent part of population is comparable to the working part. It means that each working person in Gambia must provide goods for himself and cover expenditure on one child or aged person additionally. The value of 75.8 % shows that the pressure on productive population in Gambia is very high.
Child dependency ratio is a ratio of people below working age (under 15) to workforce of a country.
Child dependency ratio in Gambia is 70.3 %.
Aged dependency ratio is a ratio of people above working age (65+) to workforce of a country.
Aged dependency ratio in Gambia is 5.5 %.
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 Gambia is 63.5 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 61.2 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 65.9 years.
According to our estimates 719,283 persons or 55.61% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Gambia are able to read and write. Accordingly about 574,248 adults are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult male population is 63.91% (405,121 persons). 228,752 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 47.63% (314,162 persons). 345,496 are illiterate.
Youth literacy rates are 75.55% and 70.84% for males and females accordingly. The overall youth literacy rate is 73.18%. Youth literacy rate definition covers the population between the ages of 15 to 24 years.
The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.
The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.
The data is given as of 1st of July of an year (medium fertility variant).