Bulgaria Population 2016

Bulgaria is located in Southeastern Europe and is the 14th largest country in Europe, although it is fairly sparsely populated with just 66 people per square kilometer (171/sq mi), ranking 101st in the world. It's estimated that Bulgaria has a population of 7.11 million in 2015, down from 7.16 million last year.

Bulgaria has an estimated 2015 population of 7.11 million, down from the official population of 7.36 million at the 2011 census. The country has a population density of just 66 people per square kilometer (171/square mile). The capital and largest city is Sofia. This ancient city has a history going back 2,500 years. It's the 14th largest city in the European Union and has an estimated population of 1.3 million people. 73% of Bulgaria's population lives in urban regions, with 1/6 of the population in the Sofia area.

Bulgaria Demographics

85% of the population is Bulgarian, with other major ethnic groups being Turkish (8.8%), Roma (4.9%) and about 40 small minority groups totaling 0.7%. All ethnic groups in Bulgaria speak Bulgarian, which is the only official language and native for most of the population.

Bulgaria Population Clock

What is the population of Bulgaria (as of [[date]])? [[getCurrentPopulation()]]
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2016) [[getLastEstimate()]]
Births Per Day 182
Deaths Per Day 300
Net Migrations Per Day -27
Net Change Per Day -145
Population Change Since January 1st [[getPopChangeThisYear()]]
  • Net [[getIncreaseOrDecrease()]] of 1 person every [[getDurationPerPerson()]]

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

Bulgaria Population Indicators

Indicator Value World Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 9.485 births/thousand 178th
Crude Death Rate 15.626 deaths/thousand 3rd
Crude Net Migration Rate -1.425 people/thousand 145th
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 74.52 years 92nd
Life Expectancy (Male) 71.14 years 98th
Life Expectancy (Female) 78.02 years 88th
Total Fertility Rate 1.598 children/woman 159th
Net Reproduction Rate 0.764 surviving daughters/woman 161st
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.06 males per female 28th
Infant Mortality Rate 8.118 deaths/1,000 live births 130th
Under Five Mortality 9.736 deaths/thousand 131st
Mean Age at Childbearing 28.893 years 104th

Population Data via United Nations WPP (2015 Revision)

Bulgaria Population Growth

Bulgaria's population continues to decline since its peak of 9 million in 1986. With a high death rate, low birth rate, and negative net migration, the decline is expected to continue throughout the 21st century. Interestingly, Bulgaria (along with Latvia) is one of only two countries with a lower population today than in 1950.

Bulgaria Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2016 7,097,795 48.6% 51.4% 65 119 -0.74% 104
2015 7,149,786 48.6% 51.4% 65 117 -0.73% 104
2010 7,407,297 48.7% 51.3% 68 108 -0.71% 100
2005 7,682,614 48.7% 51.3% 70 98 -0.76% 95
2000 8,000,510 48.7% 51.3% 73 91 -0.83% 91
1995 8,358,116 49% 51% 76 87 -1% 83
1990 8,821,110 49.3% 50.7% 81 83 -0.86% 76
1985 8,960,386 49.6% 50.4% 82 75 -0.04% 72
1980 8,865,235 49.8% 50.2% 81 70 0.29% 67
1975 8,727,332 49.9% 50.1% 80 69 0.39% 63
1970 8,494,765 50% 50% 78 66 0.61% 63
1965 8,206,564 50% 50% 75 64 0.76% 60
1960 7,866,472 49.9% 50.1% 72 61 0.87% 56
1955 7,541,295 49.9% 50.1% 69 60 0.83% 53
1950 7,250,999 50% 50% 66 57 0.73% 51

Bulgaria Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020 6,884,344 48.5% 51.5% 63 122 -0.8% 107
2025 6,603,205 48.5% 51.5% 60 127 -0.9% 110
2030 6,300,380 48.5% 51.5% 58 130 -0.99% 117
2035 5,989,238 48.5% 51.5% 55 134 -1.03% 121
2040 5,691,036 48.5% 51.5% 52 136 -1% 122
2045 5,415,213 48.6% 51.4% 49 141 -0.99% 129
2050 5,153,821 48.6% 51.4% 47 145 -1% 129
2055 4,897,835 48.7% 51.3% 45 148 -1.05% 130
2060 4,644,960 48.8% 51.2% 42 154 -1.07% 131
2065 4,403,547 48.9% 51.1% 40 155 -1.05% 132
2070 4,185,514 49.2% 50.8% 38 157 -0.96% 134
2075 3,999,332 49.4% 50.6% 36 158 -0.83% 135
2080 3,846,425 49.6% 50.4% 35 159 -0.71% 135
2085 3,720,585 49.9% 50.1% 34 160 -0.61% 136
2090 3,611,341 50% 50% 33 161 -0.58% 136
2095 3,507,604 50.2% 49.8% 32 161 -0.58% 137
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations