Namibia Population clock (live)

2,707,738
Current population
1,345,656
Current male population (49.7%)
1,362,082
Current female population (50.3%)
63,065
Births this year
137
Births today
15,207
Deaths this year
33
Deaths today
-251
Net migration this year
-1
Net migration today
47,607
Population growth this year
104
Population growth today

14-10-2019 13:59:29

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



Quick facts about the population of Namibia

Current population (as of Monday, October 14, 2019)
2,707,634
Population rank
142 (0.03% of world population)
Total area
824,290 km2 (318,260 mi2)
Population density
3.3 per km2 (8.5 people/mi2)
Sex ratio
0.99 (1,345,656 men to 1,362,082 women)
Median age
21.0 years
Life expectancy
52.2 years (52.5 - men, 51.9 - women)
Literacy
81.9 %

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

Namibia population 2019

During 2019 Namibia population is projected to increase by 60,624 people and reach 2,720,755 in the beginning of 2020. The natural increase is expected to be positive, as the number of births will exceed the number of deaths by 60,944. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be declined by 319 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 2019

According to our estimations, daily change rates of Namibia population in 2019 will be the following:

The population of Namibia will be increasing by 166 persons daily in 2019.

Demographics of Namibia 2018

As of 1 January 2019, the population of Namibia was estimated to be 2,660,131 people. This is an increase of 2.28 % (59,274 people) compared to population of 2,600,857 the year before. In 2018 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 59,586. Due to external migration, the population declined by 312. The sex ratio of the total population was 0.990 (990 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 2018.

Below are the key figures for Namibia population in 2018:

Growth Rate 1952 - 2019

Namibia population density

Namibia population density is 3.2 people per square kilometer (8.4/mi2) as of October 2019. 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 (318,260 mi2) according to the United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Religion in Namibia

Religion Number of followers Percentage of
total population
Christianity2,639,94397.5 %
Religiously Unaffiliated54,1532.0 %
Islam8,1230.3 %
Folk or traditional religions5,4150.2 %

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

Number of followers estimated by Countrymeters external link (Monday, October 14 2019).

Namibia age structure

As of the beginning of 2019 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). external link

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 1,431,026 persons or 81.8% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Namibia are able to read and write. Accordingly about 318,302 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 79.17% (696,903 persons). 183,414 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 84.48% (734,123 persons). 134,888 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 - 2019)

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 %
20182,600,8572.28 %
20192,660,1312.28 %

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

Population projection (2020-2100)

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
20202,696,539N/A %
20252,970,21510.15 %
20303,245,6619.27 %
20353,520,7488.48 %
20403,796,3197.83 %
20454,071,1377.24 %
20504,339,4946.59 %
20554,593,6645.86 %
20604,827,6435.09 %
20655,038,8214.37 %
20705,225,2973.70 %
20755,386,7843.09 %
20805,523,6452.54 %
20855,635,7502.03 %
20905,724,3631.57 %
20955,790,3501.15 %
21005,834,5390.76 %

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