Cape Verde Population 2017

533,394

The last official census in 2013 found the population of Cape Verde was 512,000, with almost half (or 236,000) Cape Verdeans living on the main island of Santiago. Almost 35% of the country's population lives in rural areas, and the capital city Praia has about 25% of Cape Verde's citizens. Cape Verde has a fairly high population density at 124 people per square kilometer, or the 89th highest in the world.

Cape Verde Demographics

Most people of Cape Verde are creole, or of mixed white and black descent. A genetic study of the country's inhabitants found that the population's ancestry is mostly European in the male line and West African in the female line, with a percentage of 56% African and 44% European.

People from all over the world have settled in the country, including immigrants from South America, Asia and Europe. Most settlers to the area have been Dutch, French, British, Arab, Jewish, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, South American, American and Brazilian. When it was discovered by Portugal in 1456, it was uninhabited. African slaves were then brought to the archipelago to work on plantations. This resulted in Cape Verdeans who were mulattos, or those with mixed African and European origins. Today, Cape Verde's people are very diverse ethnically.

More Cape Verdeans today live abroad rather than in the country itself. There are about 500,000 Cape Verdeans in the United States, particularly on the New England Coast. There are also large populations in Portugal (150,000), Angola (45,000), Sao Tome and Principe (25,000), Senegal (25,000), the Netherlands (20,000), France (25,000), Spain (12,500), Luxembourg (7,000), and elsewhere.

There are about 25,000 immigrants in Cape Verde now, as the country is stable, grants freedoms to its people and has a fairly high per capita income.

About 95% of Cape Verdeans are Christian, and over 85% of the population is Roman Catholic. Cape Verde shares the highest life expectancy in Africa with two other nations at 71 for men and 79 for women.

Cape Verde Population Growth

Cape Verde's growth over the last few years has been fueled by tourism and a stable economy. Between 2011 and 2012 alone, tourism in the country grew 28%, which was more than the world's average of 4%. Cape Verde is expected to continue its steady growth for the next two decades.

Cape Verde Population in 2017Source: Ingo Wölbern

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

Cape Verde Population Growth

Cape Verde's growth over the last few years has been fueled by tourism and a stable economy. Between 2011 and 2012 alone, tourism in the country grew 28%, which was more than the world's average of 4%. Cape Verde is expected to continue its steady growth for the next two decades.

About Cape Verde

Official NameRepublic of Cabo Verde
Languages SpokenPortuguese
Borders
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude16-24
Currencies UsedCVE

Cape Verde Population Density

Name Population
Joao Teves
Porto dos Mosteiros477
Vila Nova Sintra1,813
Pombas1,818
Sao Domingos1,850
Vila de Sal Rei2,122
Cidade Velha2,148
Ribeira Grande2,950
Vila do Maio3,009
Picos3,778
Tarrafal de Sao Nicolau5,039
Vila da Ribeira Brava5,324
Calheta5,400
Porto Novo5,580
Espargos6,173
Tarrafal6,463
Assomada7,927
Sao Filipe8,189
Pedra Badejo9,343
Santa Cruz9,488
Cova Figueira15,350
Santa Maria17,231
Mindelo70,611
Praia113,364

Cape Verde Population Clock

What is the population of Cape Verde (as of September 13, 2017)?533,394
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)533468
Births Per Day6
Deaths Per Day2
Net Migrations Per Day -5
Net Change Per Day -1
Population Change Since January 1st-255

Cape Verde Population Indicators

IndicatorValueWorld Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 20.418 births/thousand77
Crude Death Rate 5.161 deaths/thousand174
Crude Net Migration Rate -3.09 people/thousand166
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 74.033 years102
Male Life Expectancy 72.014 years89
Female Life Expectancy 75.751 years115
Total Fertility Rate 2.2 children/woman100
Net Reproduction Rate 1.047 surviving daughters/woman95
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.03 males per female160
Infant Mortality Rate 17.523 deaths/1,000 live births88
Under Five Mortality 20.461 deaths/thousand93
Mean Age at Childbearing 27.188 years176
Rate of Natural Increase 15.144 76
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 4.363 %89
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 4.81 %80
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 3.901 %101
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 12.8 %79
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 15.06 %71
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 10.928 %100
Crude Suicide Rate 3.9 suicides/thousand124
Median Age (Total) 0 years0
Median Age (Female) 0 years0
Median Age (Male) 0 years0

Cape Verde Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2017533,46849.39%50.61%132861.2%172
2015520,50149.342%50.658%129861.24%172
2010490,37949.22%50.78%121870.97%172
2005474,22448.911%51.089%117870.85%168
2000438,73648.257%51.743%108901.95%168
1995389,15648.072%51.928%96972.63%171
1990341,25647.459%52.541%841062.34%173
1985313,97646.857%53.143%771021.64%172
1980285,59946.293%53.707%701071.68%170
1975272,57547.07%52.93%671040.38%167
1970270,19747.644%52.356%67971.05%167
1965231,42747.396%52.604%571013.54%168
1960202,31546.935%53.065%501011.78%168
1955197,42247.608%52.392%481000.14%167
1950178,06547.164%52.837%44984.43%167

Cape Verde Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020552,85049.467%50.533%137831.16%172
2025584,60049.585%50.415%145841.05%171
2030614,47549.685%50.315%152830.93%171
2035642,14149.766%50.235%159830.81%170
2040667,21449.833%50.167%165840.69%170
2045689,05349.895%50.105%170860.57%170
2050706,98249.95%50.05%175860.43%170
2055720,59849.988%50.012%178870.31%170
2060729,89649.998%50.002%181890.18%170
2065734,82849.996%50.004%182880.06%170
2070735,26350.002%49.998%18289-0.06%170
2075731,39350.033%49.967%18191-0.17%170
2080724,05450.092%49.908%17991-0.25%170
2085714,45050.171%49.829%17792-0.3%170
2090703,50850.247%49.753%17493-0.32%171
2095691,95850.295%49.705%17193-0.34%171
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations