North Macedonia Population clock (live)

2,096,120
Current population
1,049,990
Current male population (50.1%)
1,046,130
Current female population (49.9%)
21,349
Births year to date
21
Births today
17,503
Deaths year to date
17
Deaths today
-909
Net migration year to date
-1
Net migration today
2,936
Population growth year to date
3
Population growth today

26-11-2020 06:38:39

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

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Quick facts about the population of North Macedonia

Current population (as of Thursday, November 26, 2020)
2,096,117
Population rank
148 (0.03% of world population)
Total area
25,710 km2 (9,927 mi2)
Population density
81.5 per km2 (211.2 people/mi2)
Sex ratio
1.00 (1,049,990 men to 1,046,130 women)
Median age
37.4 years
Life expectancy
75.1 years (72.6 - men, 77.9 - women)
Literacy
97.8 %

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

North Macedonia population 2020

During 2020 North Macedonia population is projected to increase by 3,244 people and reach 2,096,428 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 4,249. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be declined by 1,005 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who leave North Macedonia 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 2020

According to our estimations, daily change rates of North Macedonia population in 2020 will be the following:

The population of North Macedonia will be increasing by 9 persons daily in 2020.

Demographics of North Macedonia 2019

As of 1 January 2020, the population of North Macedonia was estimated to be 2,093,184 people. This is an increase of 0.15 % (3,239 people) compared to population of 2,089,945 the year before. In 2019 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 4,243. Due to external migration, the population declined by 1,003. 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 2019.

Below are the key figures for North Macedonia population in 2019:

Growth Rate 1952 - 2020

North Macedonia population density

North Macedonia population density is 81.4 people per square kilometer (210.9/mi2) as of November 2020. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of North Macedonia divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of North Macedonia. The total area of North Macedonia is 25,710 km2 (9,927 mi2) according to the United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Religion in North Macedonia

Religion Number of followers Percentage of
total population
Christianity1,242,99759.3 %
Islam823,77439.3 %
Religiously Unaffiliated29,3461.4 %

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

Number of followers estimated by Countrymeters external link (Thursday, November 26 2020).

North Macedonia age structure

As of the beginning of 2020 according to our estimates North Macedonia had the following population age distribution:

18.5 70 11.6

- 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 North Macedonia population pyramid has a stationary type. Countries with such type of pyramid usually have declining birth rate and relatively low death rate. Which is more common for developed countries.

Source: The estimation data for section "North Macedonia 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 North Macedonia is 42.9 %.

The value of 42.9 % is relatively low. It shows that the dependent part of population is less than a half of the working part. In other words the working population (labor force) in North Macedonia must provide goods for itself and cover expenditure on children and aged persons. And this part of population is less than 50% of working population. The value of less than 50% means that the pressure on productive population in North Macedonia is relatively low.

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 North Macedonia is 26.4 %.

Aged dependency ratio

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

Aged dependency ratio in North Macedonia is 16.5 %.

Source: The estimation data for section "North Macedonia 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 North Macedonia is 75.1 years.
This is above 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 72.6 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 77.9 years.

Literacy of population

According to our estimates 1,669,620 persons or 97.82% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in North Macedonia are able to read and write. Accordingly about 37,225 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 98.83% (833,704 persons). 9,912 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 96.84% (835,916 persons). 27,313 are illiterate.

Youth literacy rates are 98.74% and 98.48% for males and females accordingly. The overall youth literacy rate is 98.62%. Youth literacy rate definition covers the population between the ages of 15 to 24 years.

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

North Macedonia historical population (1951 - 2020)

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

North Macedonia population history

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
19511,272,429N/A %
19521,305,6992.61 %
19531,334,2252.18 %
19541,359,2221.87 %
19551,381,7141.65 %
19561,402,5321.51 %
19571,422,3141.41 %
19581,441,5161.35 %
19591,460,4331.31 %
19601,479,2561.29 %
19611,498,1591.28 %
19621,517,3791.28 %
19631,537,2751.31 %
19641,558,2941.37 %
19651,580,7891.44 %
19661,605,1161.54 %
19671,631,3711.64 %
19681,658,6731.67 %
19691,685,2711.60 %
19701,709,4691.44 %
19711,730,1621.21 %
19721,747,2400.99 %
19731,761,9750.84 %
19741,776,6960.84 %
19751,793,7020.96 %
19761,814,2821.15 %
19771,838,3111.32 %
19781,864,3781.42 %
19791,890,2031.39 %
19801,913,4561.23 %
19811,932,8201.01 %
19821,948,2180.80 %
19831,960,2390.62 %
19841,969,7790.49 %
19851,977,8010.41 %
19861,984,9670.36 %
19871,991,3850.32 %
19881,996,4200.25 %
19891,998,9050.12 %
19901,997,783-0.06 %
19911,992,343-0.27 %
19921,982,746-0.48 %
19931,970,979-0.59 %
19941,960,545-0.53 %
19951,954,855-0.29 %
19961,955,9240.05 %
19971,963,8240.40 %
19981,976,7940.66 %
19991,991,8020.76 %
20002,005,7070.70 %
20012,016,8180.55 %
20022,025,1460.41 %
20032,031,3400.31 %
20042,036,2090.24 %
20052,040,6690.22 %
20062,045,1120.22 %
20072,049,3790.21 %
20082,053,3470.19 %
20092,057,0930.18 %
20102,060,6820.17 %
20112,064,1660.17 %
20122,067,5790.17 %
20132,070,9070.16 %
20142,074,0840.15 %
20152,077,0390.14 %
20162,080,2580.15 %
20172,083,4820.15 %
20182,086,7110.15 %
20192,089,9450.15 %
20202,093,1840.15 %

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

Population projection (2020-2100)

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
20202,088,036N/A %
20252,088,3290.01 %
20302,076,350-0.57 %
20352,051,167-1.21 %
20402,015,547-1.74 %
20451,974,418-2.04 %
20501,931,006-2.20 %
20551,885,700-2.35 %
20601,836,933-2.59 %
20651,784,314-2.86 %
20701,729,013-3.10 %
20751,674,034-3.18 %
20801,622,647-3.07 %
20851,576,667-2.83 %
20901,536,439-2.55 %
20951,500,448-2.34 %
21001,467,059-2.23 %

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