Bulgaria Population 2015

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, 2015) [[getLastEstimate()]]
Births Per Day 892
Deaths Per Day 1,537
Net Migrations Per Day -137
Net Change Per Day -782
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
Median (Average) Age 43.43 years 5th
Crude Birth Rate 9.342 births/thousand 182nd
Crude Death Rate 16.099 deaths/thousand 3rd
Crude Net Migration Rate -1.435 people/thousand 145th
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 74.04 years 96th
Life Expectancy (Male) 70.51 years 101st
Life Expectancy (Female) 77.73 years 90th
Total Fertility Rate 1.611 children/woman 159th
Net Reproduction Rate 0.769 surviving daughters/woman 159th
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.061 males per female 27th
Infant Mortality Rate 8.14 deaths/1,000 live births 130th
Under Five Mortality 9.74 deaths/thousand 131st
Mean Age at Childbearing 27.69 years 152nd

Population Data via United Nations WPP

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.

Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations