Albania Population 2017

2,931,177

Albania is located in Southeastern Europe and is a member of the UN and NATO. Albania is one of the smallest countries on earth with 28,700 square kilometers (11,000 sq mi) of area, ranking 143rd. In 2017, Albania has an estimated population of 2.93 million, and it is the 137nd most populous country in the world. Albania is fairly densely populated for a small country, with 98 people per square kilometer, or 254 per square mile.

Albania's capital, Tirana, has a population of 421,000, with a greater metropolitan population of 764,000. Other major cities include Durres (113,000), Korce (51,000), Elbasan (78,000) and Shkoder (95,000).

Albania Population History

Albania has a very low fertility rate of just 1.49 children per woman, and massive migration affected its demographics after the fall of Communism in 1990. Between 1991 and 2004, close to 1 million people left Albania, most destined for Greece, and population decreased in the North and South of the country and increased in Tirana and Durres.

Albania Demographics

Ethnicity is a delicate issue in Albania, and one that is debated. Official statistics show Albania is very homogeneous with more than 97% Albanian majority, but minority groups like the Roman, Greeks and Macedonians have questioned this data and claim a larger share. Three national minorities are recognized: Greeks, Macedonians and Montenegrins.

There are also two cultural minorities -- Aromanians and Romani -- and other Albanian minorities like the Bulgarians and Jews. The Greek government estimates 300,000 Greeks in the country, while the Albanian government claims just 60,000.

At the 2011 census, the population of Albania was officially 83% Albanian, 0.9% Greek, 0.2% Macedonian, 0.01% Montenegrin, 0.3% Aromanian, 0.3% Romani, 0.1% Balkan Egyptian, 14% no declared ethnicity and 1.6% not relevant.

Many minority groups have criticized the country's census law which imposes a $1,000 fine on anyone who declares an ethnicity that differs from what is on their birth certificate.

Almost 58% of Albanian's are Muslim, with a Christian population of 17%. About 25% of the population belongs to another religion or has no religion. While Albania was the only European country whose Jewish population grew during the Holocaust, the mass emigration to Israel has left just 200 Albanian Jews in the country.

Albania Population in 2018Source: Albinfo

Population Data via United Nations WPP (2015 Revision, Medium Variant)

Albania Population Growth

Albania is currently growing very slowly, with a growth rate of just 0.34%. By 2030, Albania's population is expected to be 3.31 million according to the United Nations projections. These projections also predict a contraction of the country's population after 2032, with the population decreasing steadily until the end of the century.

About Albania

Official NameRepublic of Albania
Languages SpokenAlbanian
BordersMNE, GRC, MKD, KOS
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude4120
Currencies UsedALL

Albania Population Density

Name Population
Tirana374,801
Durres122,034
Elbasan100,903
Vlore89,546
Shkoder88,245
Fier-Cifci60,995
Korce58,259
Fier56,297
Berat46,866
Lushnje41,469
Kavaje29,354
Lac24,825
Gjirokaster23,437
Patos Fshat22,679
Kruje21,286
Lezhe18,695
Kucove18,166
Kukes17,832
Burrel15,405
Sarande15,147
Peshkopi14,848
Cerrik14,269
Shijak14,138
Corovode14,046
Librazhd-Qender12,691
Tepelene11,955
Gramsh11,556
Bulqize11,212
Kamez11,026
Permet10,686
Polican10,663
Fushe-Kruje10,458
Ballsh10,361
Rreshen10,064
Mamurras8,282
Erseke7,890
Peqin7,513
Bilisht7,114
Selenice6,912
Roskovec6,657
Puke6,495
Rrogozhine5,620

Albania Population Clock

What is the population of Albania (as of 12/12/2017)?2,931,177
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)2,930,187
Births Per Day94
Deaths Per Day60
Net Migrations Per Day -28
Net Change Per Day 6
Population Change Since January 1st2,076

Albania Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 11.745 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 7.503 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate -3.457 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 78.348 years
Male Life Expectancy 76.368 years
Female Life Expectancy 80.486 years
Total Fertility Rate 1.707 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 0.805 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.078 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 13.124 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 14.756 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 27.468 years
Rate of Natural Increase 4.242
Median Age (Total) 32.5 years
Median Age (Female) 33.8 years
Median Age (Male) 31.2 years

Albania Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20172,930,18750.48%49.52%1021390.12%
20152,923,35250.49%49.51%102139-0.12%
20102,940,52550.17%49.83%102138-0.92%
20053,079,17950.14%49.86%107136-0.28%
20003,121,97050.53%49.47%1091330.10%
19953,106,73649.22%50.78%108129-1.09%
19903,281,45451.22%48.78%1141252.04%
19852,966,79851.34%48.66%1031252.04%
19802,681,23951.43%48.57%931252.15%
19752,411,22951.44%48.56%841262.31%
19702,150,59851.49%48.51%751252.55%
19651,896,12551.48%48.52%661242.99%
19601,636,05651.48%48.52%571242.87%
19551,419,97051.43%48.57%491272.37%
19501,263,17451.32%48.68%441270.00%

Albania Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20202,942,03450.38%49.62%1021380.00%
20252,946,99250.29%49.71%1031400.03%
20302,933,41950.23%49.77%102141-0.09%
20352,895,45150.21%49.79%101143-0.26%
20402,833,05850.22%49.78%99146-0.43%
20452,753,27550.30%49.70%96147-0.57%
20502,663,59150.46%49.54%93148-0.66%
20552,570,05650.68%49.32%89149-0.71%
20602,473,66550.92%49.08%86149-0.76%
20652,373,50651.12%48.88%83150-0.82%
20702,268,38551.26%48.74%79150-0.90%
20752,159,04051.29%48.71%75150-0.98%
20802,048,79351.23%48.77%71151-1.04%
20851,940,54951.10%48.90%68152-1.08%
20901,837,28050.98%49.02%64152-1.09%
20951,741,93550.94%49.06%61152-1.06%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. GeoNames Gazetteer