Bolivia Population 2018

11,196,816

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 11.22 million in 2018, 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.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 2 minutes
One death every 7 minutes
One net migrant every 53 minutes
Net gain of one person every 3 minutes

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

Bolivia Population Pyramid 2018

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Bolivia Median Age

24


Total

23.3


Male

24.7


Female

Bolivia Population by Age

There are 6,888,612 adults in Bolivia.

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
Is LandlockedYes
Latitude/Longitude-17-65
Currencies UsedBolivia Bolíviano, BOV
DemonymBolivian

Countries Bordering Bolivia

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Paraguay
Peru

Bolivia Population Density

Bolivia Top 20 Cities by Population

Name Population
Santa Cruz de la Sierra1,364,389
Cochabamba900,414
La Paz812,799
Sucre224,838
Oruro208,684
Tarija159,269
Potosi141,251
Sacaba107,628
Montero88,616
Quillacollo87,309
Trinidad84,259
Yacuiba82,803
Riberalta74,014
Tiquipaya53,904
Guayaramerin36,008
Bermejo35,411
Mizque30,481
Villazon30,253
Llallagua28,069
Camiri27,961

Bolivia Population Clock

The population of Bolivia (as of 5/19/2018)?11,196,816
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2018)11,215,674
Births Per Day697
Deaths Per Day221
Net Migrations Per Day -27
Net Change Per Day 449
Population Change Since January 1st62,411

Bolivia Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 22.867 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 7.252 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate -0.898 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 69.61 years
Male Life Expectancy 67.13 years
Female Life Expectancy 72.2 years
Total Fertility Rate 2.825 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 1.261 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.05 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 34.928 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 59.251 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 28.424 years
Rate of Natural Increase 15.615

Bolivia Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
201811,215,67450.05%49.95%10.21831.48%
201711,051,60050.06%49.94%10.06831.50%
201610,887,88250.07%49.93%9.91821.52%
201510,724,70550.08%49.92%9.76821.58%
20109,918,24250.11%49.89%9.03861.68%
20059,125,40950.13%49.87%8.31871.82%
20008,339,51250.14%49.86%7.59881.96%
19957,566,71450.14%49.86%6.89901.99%
19906,856,24450.13%49.87%6.24901.99%
19856,211,55050.08%49.92%5.65902.13%
19805,589,57550.00%50.00%5.09902.22%
19755,009,25749.90%50.10%4.56882.14%
19704,505,77849.79%50.21%4.10902.05%
19654,070,59049.67%50.33%3.71891.96%
19603,693,44949.54%50.46%3.36881.88%
19553,365,36049.42%50.58%3.06871.72%
19503,089,64649.32%50.68%2.81880.00%

Bolivia Population by Year (Projections)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
202011,543,98250.04%49.96%10.51820.00%
202512,359,80049.99%50.01%11.25811.38%
203013,158,07249.94%50.06%11.98801.26%
203513,925,11849.89%50.11%12.68801.14%
204014,643,34349.84%50.16%13.33801.01%
204515,304,40249.79%50.21%13.93800.89%
205015,903,46049.75%50.25%14.48800.77%
205516,435,39649.71%50.29%14.96800.66%
206016,894,69249.69%50.31%15.38800.55%
206517,274,69849.67%50.33%15.72790.45%
207017,574,36049.67%50.33%16.00790.34%
207517,796,92349.69%50.31%16.20790.25%
208017,947,32649.74%50.26%16.34790.17%
208518,031,99149.80%50.20%16.41810.09%
209018,056,38649.88%50.12%16.44800.03%
209518,025,78849.96%50.04%16.4180-0.03%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the 1950, 1976, 1992, 2001 and 2012 censuses, adjusted for underenumeration, with official estimates through 2016, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration.

  2. GeoNames Gazetteer