Cameroon Population 2017

24,546,953

Cameroon is a culturally diverse costal country in Africa, which lies on the western side of Africa on the Eastern Atlantic Ocean. Cameroon is bordered by Chad, Nigeria, the Central African Republic, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, and the Republic of the Congo. The 2015 population is estimated at 23.3 million.

Cameroon's population is estimated at 23.3 million, up substantially from the 2002 census population of 17.4 million. This makes Cameroon the 54th most populous country in the world. The country is sparsely populated, however, with just 40 people per square kilometer (103/square mile), which ranks 167th in the world. The urbanization rate is currently 3.3%; 58% of the country is urbanized and that percentage continues to grow annually.

Yaoundé is Cameroon's capital. It was founded in the latter part of the 19th century by German traders during the ivory industry’s peak. Yaoundé’s population is 2.5 million, which makes it the second-largest city in the country after Douala, which has more than 3 million residents. Douala is the 27th most expensive city on earth, and the most expensive African city.

Cameroon Demographics

Cameroon’s population is made up of its indigenous ethnicity, the Baka, also known as the pygmies. These are the longest, continuous indigenous peoples next to the Cameroon highlanders which comprise 31% of the population. Equatorial Bantu make up an estimated 19% of the population. Kirdi and Fulani peoples are also a good percentage of the residents of Cameroon.

Religious affiliation within Cameroon boasts a whopping 70% Christian. 21% is of the Islamic faith, and 6% still maintain indigenous belief systems dating back to the cultural inception thousands of years ago. Islamic believers are concentrated in the north of Cameroon while Christian believers are dense in the southern and western region of the country.

Cameroonians usually have large, extended families with both polygamous and monogamous marriages in practice.

Cameroon is often a destination for refugees and asylum seekers in the region. In 2007, more than 97,000 refugees moved to Cameroon, most of whom were from the Central African Republic, Chad and Nigeria escaping war. This trend continues, with more than 90,000 additional refugees fleeing to Cameroon from the Central African Republic in 2014 at a rate of 2,000 per week.

Cameroon Population in 2017Source:

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

Cameroon Population Growth

Cameroon currently has a fertility rate of about 5 children born per woman, which is helping fuel its population growth. By the year 2020 it is estimated that the population will be 26.4 million.

About Cameroon

Official NameRepublic of Cameroon
Languages SpokenFrench, English
BordersCAF, TCD, COG, GNQ, GAB, NGA
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude612
Currencies UsedXAF

Cameroon Population Density

Name Population
Ndelele5,040
Jakiri5,269
Yoko5,269
Okola5,390
Ndom5,498
Nguti5,498
Doume5,581
Bankim5,727
Poli5,727
Bana5,727
Saa5,727
Mme-Bafumen6,149
Ntui6,185
Ngambe6,414
Bamendjou6,643
Belel6,831
Bandjoun6,872
Makary7,331
Bekondo7,331
Ngou7,560
Bansoa7,560
Yabassi7,560
Kontcha8,018
Bonaberi8,091
Ndikinimeki8,247
Njinikom8,247
Ambam8,476
Dimako8,476
Belo8,705
Batibo9,163
Akom II9,709
Mbengwi9,734
Babanki9,851
Mindif10,538
Pitoa11,454
Rey Bouba11,454
Betare Oya11,866
Mundemba11,912
Bazou13,058
Yokadouma13,287
Abong Mbang14,661
Tonga16,036
Bogo16,952
Akonolinga17,181
Idenao17,800
Dizangue19,243
Mamfe19,472
Eseka22,221
Lolodorf22,252
Belabo22,553
Tchollire23,187
Lagdo24,596
Bamusso24,741
Kaele25,199
Mbandjok26,947
Penja28,406
Nanga Eboko29,909
Obala30,012
Muyuka31,384
Tibati35,589
Melong37,086
Manjo37,661
Banyo40,798
Mbanga42,590
Fontem42,689
Fundong43,509
Batouri43,821
Garoua Boulai46,615
Buea47,300
Mutengene47,478
Nkoteng50,334
Kumbo53,970
Sangmelima54,251
Mora55,216
Kribi55,224
Tiko55,914
Bangangte65,385
Wum68,836
Bafia69,270
Limbe72,106
Bali72,606
Meiganga80,100
Mbalmayo80,206
Yagoua80,235
Bafang80,688
Foumbot84,065
Guider84,647
Ebolowa87,875
Foumban92,673
Dschang96,112
Mbouda111,320
Nkongsamba117,063
Kumba144,413
Loum177,429
Edea203,149
Bertoua218,111
Ngaoundere231,357
Mokolo275,239
Bafoussam290,768
Maroua319,941
Bamenda393,835
Kousseri435,547
Garoua436,899
Yaounde1,299,369
Douala1,338,082

Cameroon Population Clock

What is the population of Cameroon (as of 10/16/2017)?24,546,953
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)24,513,689
Births Per Day474
Deaths Per Day144
Net Migrations Per Day -22
Net Change Per Day 308
Population Change Since January 1st89,012

Cameroon Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 35.234 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 10.704 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate -0.322 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 56.809 years
Male Life Expectancy 55.625 years
Female Life Expectancy 58.005 years
Total Fertility Rate 4.489 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 1.824 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.03 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 66.083 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 102.488 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 28.795 years
Rate of Natural Increase 24.388
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 24.889%
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 25.712%
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 24.037%
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 42.716%
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 44.32%
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 41.082%
Median Age (Total) 18.5 years
Median Age (Female) 18.6 years
Median Age (Male) 18.4 years

Cameroon Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
201724,513,68950.01%49.99%522.41%
201523,344,17950.00%50.00%492.46%
201020,590,66649.97%50.03%442.53%
200518,126,99949.90%50.10%382.56%
200015,927,71349.81%50.19%342.61%
199513,929,57549.74%50.26%292.74%
199012,070,35949.67%50.33%262.94%
198510,381,09849.59%50.41%223.04%
19808,932,12149.51%50.49%192.97%
19757,740,19649.42%50.58%162.79%
19706,770,96749.35%50.65%142.59%
19655,987,67149.25%50.75%132.37%
19605,361,36749.16%50.84%112.09%
19554,873,72649.08%50.92%101.81%
19504,466,49849.01%50.99%91.73%

Cameroon Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
202026,332,96550.03%49.97%562.34%
202529,529,98850.04%49.96%622.23%
203032,947,03650.03%49.97%702.13%
203536,576,87350.00%50.00%772.03%
204040,398,05649.97%50.03%851.92%
204544,346,17049.92%50.08%941.79%
205048,361,93749.87%50.13%1021.66%
205552,404,87849.82%50.18%1111.53%
206056,430,09949.77%50.23%1191.40%
206560,386,30649.71%50.29%1281.28%
207064,222,35049.65%50.35%1361.16%
207567,876,04249.60%50.40%1441.04%
208071,320,48849.56%50.44%1510.92%
208574,524,67849.52%50.48%1580.81%
209077,448,16049.49%50.51%1640.71%
209580,066,58949.47%50.53%1690.61%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations