Bolivia Population 2017

11,061,122

Bolivia is a landlocked country in South America officially known as the Plurinational State of Bolivia. The area was originally part of the Inca Empire before colonization. Bolivia has a very multiethnic population estimated at 11.05 million in 2017, up from 2014's estimate of 10,918,674. This makes Bolivia the 82nd most populous country in the world, despite its low population density.

Bolivia's population has grown rapidly from 8.2 million in 2001 to just over 11 million. Its population has also tripled in the last 50 years. Today, almost 64% of the country's population lives in urban areas, with 70% of the people concentrated in La Paz, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba.

Bolivia ranks 28th in terms of area but it has one of the lowest population densities in the world with only 9 people per square kilometer (23/square mile), which ranks 221st in the world. The largest city in Bolivia is Santa Cruz de la Sierra. This autonomous city has a population of 1.45 million and a density of 2,700/square kilometer (7,000/square mile). The metro population is 2.1 million. The capital is Sucre with a population of 300,000.

Bolivia Demographics

Bolivia has a very diverse population with more than three dozen native groups, the largest of which is the Quechuas at 2.5 million, followed by the Aymaras (2 million), the Chiquitano (180,000) and the Guarani (125,000). The full Amerindian population is 55%, with 30% mestizo and 15% white. Indigenous people account for 60% of Bolivia's population, including the Andean and Aymaras. Many mestizos in Bolivia assume the mestizo identity while also identifying with indigenous cultures.

Bolivia Population in 2018Source: Micah MacAllen from Travel Bums, Latin America

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

Bolivia Population Growth

Bolivia is a quickly growing country and its population is projected to grow to 11.6 million by 2020.

About Bolivia

Official NamePlurinational State of Bolivia
Languages SpokenAymara, Guaraní, Quechua, Spanish
BordersARG, BRA, CHL, PRY, PER
Is LandlockedYes
Latitude/Longitude-17-65
Currencies UsedBOBBOV

Bolivia Population Density

Name Population
Santa Cruz de la Sierra1,364,389
Cochabamba900,414
La Paz812,799
Sucre224,838
Oruro208,684
Tarija159,269
Potosi141,251
Montero88,616
Trinidad84,259
Yacuiba82,803
Riberalta74,014
Guayaramerin36,008
Mizque30,481
Villazon30,253
Llallagua28,069
Camiri27,961
Cobija26,585
San Ignacio de Velasco23,569
Tupiza22,233
Warnes22,036
San Borja19,640
Villamontes18,761
Cotoca18,347
Villa Yapacani18,187
Santiago del Torno15,543
Huanuni15,492
Punata15,194
Ascension14,429
Mineros14,385
Patacamaya12,260
Colchani11,988
Rurrenabaque11,749
Portachuelo11,485
Puerto Quijarro10,392
Uyuni10,293
Robore9,882
Pailon9,304
Cliza8,654
Achacachi8,447
Vallegrande8,422
Monteagudo8,289
Aiquile8,224
Tarata8,043
Challapata8,016
San Julian7,706
Reyes7,376
Concepcion6,900
San Matias6,352
La Belgica5,501
Santa Rosa del Sara5,251
Capinota5,157
Chimore5,147
San Pedro5,002

Bolivia Population Clock

What is the population of Bolivia (as of 11/15/2017)?11,061,122
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)11,051,600
Births Per Day140
Deaths Per Day44
Net Migrations Per Day -27
Net Change Per Day 69
Population Change Since January 1st22,011

Bolivia Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 23.041 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 7.262 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate -0.898 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 69.452 years
Male Life Expectancy 67.009 years
Female Life Expectancy 72.015 years
Total Fertility Rate 2.844 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 1.263 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.05 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 35.746 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 60.573 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 28.319 years
Rate of Natural Increase 15.689
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 12.628%
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 14.58%
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 10.597%
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 23.894%
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 27.233%
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 20.425%
Median Age (Total) 24 years
Median Age (Female) 24.7 years
Median Age (Male) 23.3 years

Bolivia Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
201711,051,60050.06%49.94%101.51%
201510,724,70550.08%49.92%101.58%
20109,918,24250.11%49.89%91.68%
20059,125,40950.13%49.87%81.82%
20008,339,51250.14%49.86%81.96%
19957,566,71450.14%49.86%71.99%
19906,856,24450.13%49.87%61.99%
19856,211,55050.08%49.92%62.13%
19805,589,57550.00%50.00%52.22%
19755,009,25749.90%50.10%52.14%
19704,505,77849.79%50.21%42.05%
19654,070,59049.67%50.33%41.96%
19603,693,44949.54%50.46%31.88%
19553,365,36049.42%50.58%31.72%
19503,089,64649.32%50.68%30.00%

Bolivia Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
202011,543,98250.04%49.96%110.00%
202512,359,80049.99%50.01%111.38%
203013,158,07249.94%50.06%121.26%
203513,925,11849.89%50.11%131.14%
204014,643,34349.84%50.16%131.01%
204515,304,40249.79%50.21%140.89%
205015,903,46049.75%50.25%140.77%
205516,435,39649.71%50.29%150.66%
206016,894,69249.69%50.31%150.55%
206517,274,69849.67%50.33%160.45%
207017,574,36049.67%50.33%160.34%
207517,796,92349.69%50.31%160.25%
208017,947,32649.74%50.26%160.17%
208518,031,99149.80%50.20%160.09%
209018,056,38649.88%50.12%160.03%
209518,025,78849.96%50.04%16-0.03%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. GeoNames Gazetteer