Bolivia Population 2017

11,057,970

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 2017Source: 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 SpokenQuechua, Spanish, Aymara, Guaraní
BordersARG, BRA, CHL, PRY, PER
Is LandlockedYes
Latitude/Longitude-17-65
Currencies UsedBOBBOV

Bolivia Population Density

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

Bolivia Population Clock

What is the population of Bolivia (as of September 13, 2017)?11,057,970
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)11052864
Births Per Day140
Deaths Per Day44
Net Migrations Per Day -27
Net Change Per Day 69
Population Change Since January 1st17,595

Bolivia Population Indicators

IndicatorValueWorld Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 23.041 births/thousand68
Crude Death Rate 7.262 deaths/thousand107
Crude Net Migration Rate -0.898 people/thousand123
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 69.452 years138
Male Life Expectancy 67.009 years135
Female Life Expectancy 72.015 years137
Total Fertility Rate 2.844 children/woman68
Net Reproduction Rate 1.263 surviving daughters/woman66
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.05 males per female87
Infant Mortality Rate 35.746 deaths/1,000 live births54
Under Five Mortality 60.573 deaths/thousand41
Mean Age at Childbearing 28.319 years142
Rate of Natural Increase 15.689 69
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 12.628 %154
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 14.58 %157
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 10.597 %152
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 23.894 %148
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 27.233 %140
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 20.425 %148
Crude Suicide Rate 11.7 suicides/thousand53
Median Age (Total) 24 years151
Median Age (Female) 24.7 years151
Median Age (Male) 23.3 years154

Bolivia Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
201711,052,86450.063%49.937%102111.48%83
201510,724,70550.078%49.922%92111.51%84
20109,918,24550.114%49.886%92091.6%85
20059,125,40550.134%49.866%82091.72%86
20008,339,51150.14%49.86%72101.86%87
19957,566,71550.141%49.859%62121.97%89
19906,856,24650.13%49.87%62081.97%89
19856,211,54950.079%49.921%52102.01%89
19805,589,57150%50%52072.16%89
19755,009,25949.904%50.096%42092.18%88
19704,505,77449.792%50.208%42052.08%89
19654,070,59049.666%50.334%32082%89
19603,693,45049.537%50.463%32051.91%88
19553,365,36349.423%50.577%31971.81%87
19503,089,64949.322%50.678%22041.63%88

Bolivia Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
202011,548,29650.041%49.959%102111.42%82
202512,370,38250.001%49.999%112111.31%80
203013,176,72249.961%50.039%122111.19%80
203513,952,48649.92%50.08%122111.07%80
204014,679,11649.882%50.118%132100.94%80
204515,351,64349.851%50.149%142100.83%80
205015,962,96449.826%50.174%142100.71%79
205516,506,77649.807%50.193%152100.61%80
206016,977,71849.802%50.198%152100.5%80
206517,367,01449.809%50.191%162100.39%80
207017,675,85549.833%50.167%162110.3%78
207517,906,97049.881%50.119%162110.21%78
208018,065,73849.952%50.048%162110.13%77
208518,161,00050.048%49.952%162110.07%78
209018,199,18350.162%49.838%162110%78
209518,181,47150.278%49.722%16212-0.05%79
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations