Belize Population 2017

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Belize has an estimated population of 347,600. With 8,800 square miles of land, this gives Belize a population density of just 37 people per square mile. This is the lowest density in Latin America, and one of the lowest in the world, ranking 213th globally.

The largest city in Belize is Belize City, which has a population of 57,000. The capital, Belmopan, has a population of 16,500.

Belize Demographics

The demographics of Belize have been heavily influenced by colonization, slavery and immigration, and the country has many ethnic groups, languages and cultures combined. The Maya have inhabited the region since the second millennium BC, although much of this population has been wiped out. There are now three Maya groups in Belize: the Mopan who are indigenous to the area and returned from Guatemala in the 19th century after evading slavery), the Yucatec (who came from Mexico to escape the Caste War) and the Q'eqchi (who fled from slavery in Guatemala).

Belizean Creoles, or Kriols, account for 21% of the population but almost 75% of the country's diaspora. They are descendants of the Baymen slave owners and slaves brought to the region for logging.

Mestizos account for 50% of the country's population. Mestizos were originally a mix of Maya and Spanish. The Garinagu, who are a mix of West/Central African, Arawak and Island Carib, account for 4.5% of the population.

There are also large communities of Asians, East Indians and ex-patriate Americans and Africans residing in Belize. Many Creoles and other ethnic groups of Belize have emigrated to the United States and the United Kingdom for more opportunities. It's estimated that there are 160,000 Belizeans in the United States.

Belize Population in 2017 Source: Haakon S. Krohn

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

Belize Population Growth

Belize is currently growing at a rate of 2.5% a year. By 2020, the population of Belize is expected to reach about 390,000 from today's 347,000. By 2100, the population is projected to be nearly 700,000.

Belize Population Density

About Belize

Official Name Belize
Languages Spoken English, Spanish, Belizean Creole
Borders GTM, MEX
Is Landlocked No
Latitude/Longitude 17.25,-88.75
Currencies Used BZD

Belize Population Clock

What is the population of Belize (as of [[date]])? [[getCurrentPopulation()]]
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017) [[getLastEstimate()]]
Births Per Day 5
Deaths Per Day 1
Net Migrations Per Day 4
Net Change Per Day 8
Population Change Since January 1st [[getPopChangeThisYear()]]
  • Net [[getIncreaseOrDecrease()]] of 1 person every [[getDurationPerPerson()]]

  • Population estimated based on interpolation of World Population Prospects data.

Belize Population Indicators

Indicator Value World Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 22.341 births/thousand 71st
Crude Death Rate 5.514 deaths/thousand 166th
Crude Net Migration Rate 3.609 people/thousand 22nd
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 70.362 years 131st
Life Expectancy (Male) 67.676 years 125th
Life Expectancy (Female) 73.391 years 132nd
Total Fertility Rate 2.478 children/woman 80th
Net Reproduction Rate 1.179 surviving daughters/woman 77th
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.03 males per female 160th
Infant Mortality Rate 12.558 deaths/1,000 live births 110th
Under Five Mortality 14.584 deaths/thousand 111th
Mean Age at Childbearing 27.111 years 180th
Rate of Natural Increase 16.779 64th
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 6.284% 112th
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 8.048% 113th
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 4.517% 119th
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 19.145% 112th
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 23.918% 113th
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 14.167% 119th
Crude Suicide Rate 2.2 suicides/thousand 153rd
Median Age (Total) 22.4 years 166th
Median Age (Female) 22.6 years 167th
Median Age (Male) 22.2 years 164th

Belize Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2017 374,651 49.787% 50.213% 16 201 2.05% 179
2015 359,287 49.85% 50.15% 15 200 2.11% 179
2010 321,609 50.019% 49.981% 14 201 2.33% 179
2005 283,279 50.244% 49.756% 12 201 2.6% 180
2000 247,312 50.348% 49.652% 10 202 3.06% 181
1995 206,962 50.367% 49.633% 9 202 3.19% 182
1990 187,552 50.424% 49.576% 8 203 1.89% 182
1985 164,916 50.375% 49.625% 7 204 2.78% 182
1980 144,151 50.452% 49.548% 6 204 2.34% 184
1975 133,261 49.876% 50.124% 5 204 1.4% 182
1970 122,179 49.665% 50.335% 5 195 2.12% 180
1965 106,121 49.539% 50.461% 4 196 2.99% 179
1960 92,068 49.38% 50.62% 4 192 2.82% 178
1955 79,872 49.159% 50.841% 3 197 2.8% 179
1950 68,918 48.961% 51.039% 3 192 3.32% 181

Belize Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020 397,880 49.695% 50.305% 17 199 1.92% 177
2025 435,949 49.547% 50.453% 19 197 1.68% 175
2030 471,775 49.4% 50.6% 20 197 1.44% 175
2035 504,874 49.257% 50.743% 22 197 1.23% 174
2040 535,065 49.122% 50.878% 23 198 1.07% 173
2045 562,752 49.007% 50.993% 24 198 0.93% 173
2050 587,957 48.912% 51.088% 25 197 0.8% 172
2055 610,158 48.835% 51.165% 26 196 0.66% 172
2060 628,893 48.771% 51.229% 27 196 0.53% 171
2065 644,093 48.725% 51.275% 28 195 0.4% 172
2070 655,776 48.689% 51.311% 28 194 0.3% 172
2075 664,339 48.671% 51.329% 29 194 0.21% 172
2080 670,213 48.674% 51.326% 29 194 0.13% 173
2085 673,975 48.71% 51.29% 29 194 0.08% 172
2090 676,100 48.769% 51.231% 29 194 0.04% 172
2095 676,943 48.851% 51.149% 29 194 0% 172
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations