Cape Verde Population 2017

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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 2017 Source: 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.

Cape Verde Population Density

About Cape Verde

Official Name Republic of Cabo Verde
Languages Spoken Portuguese
Borders
Is Landlocked No
Latitude/Longitude 16,-24
Currencies Used CVE

Cape Verde Population Clock

What is the population of Cape Verde (as of [[date]])? [[getCurrentPopulation()]]
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017) [[getLastEstimate()]]
Births Per Day 6
Deaths Per Day 2
Net Migrations Per Day -5
Net Change Per Day -1
Population Change Since January 1st [[getPopChangeThisYear()]]
  • Net [[getIncreaseOrDecrease()]] of 1 person every [[getDurationPerPerson()]]

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

Cape Verde Population Indicators

Indicator Value World Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 20.418 births/thousand 77th
Crude Death Rate 5.161 deaths/thousand 174th
Crude Net Migration Rate -3.09 people/thousand 166th
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 74.033 years 102nd
Life Expectancy (Male) 72.014 years 89th
Life Expectancy (Female) 75.751 years 115th
Total Fertility Rate 2.2 children/woman 100th
Net Reproduction Rate 1.047 surviving daughters/woman 95th
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.03 males per female 160th
Infant Mortality Rate 17.523 deaths/1,000 live births 88th
Under Five Mortality 20.461 deaths/thousand 93rd
Mean Age at Childbearing 27.188 years 176th
Rate of Natural Increase 15.144 76th
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 4.363% 89th
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 4.81% 80th
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 3.901% 101st
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 12.8% 89th
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 15.06% 80th
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 10.928% 101st
Crude Suicide Rate 3.9 suicides/thousand 124th
Median Age (Total) 0 years 0th
Median Age (Female) 0 years 0th
Median Age (Male) 0 years 0th

Cape Verde Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2017 533,468 49.39% 50.61% 132 86 1.2% 172
2015 520,501 49.342% 50.658% 129 86 1.24% 172
2010 490,379 49.22% 50.78% 121 87 0.97% 172
2005 474,224 48.911% 51.089% 117 87 0.85% 168
2000 438,736 48.257% 51.743% 108 90 1.95% 168
1995 389,156 48.072% 51.928% 96 97 2.63% 171
1990 341,256 47.459% 52.541% 84 106 2.34% 173
1985 313,976 46.857% 53.143% 77 102 1.64% 172
1980 285,599 46.293% 53.707% 70 107 1.68% 170
1975 272,575 47.07% 52.93% 67 104 0.38% 167
1970 270,197 47.644% 52.356% 67 97 1.05% 167
1965 231,427 47.396% 52.604% 57 101 3.54% 168
1960 202,315 46.935% 53.065% 50 101 1.78% 168
1955 197,422 47.608% 52.392% 48 100 0.14% 167
1950 178,065 47.164% 52.837% 44 98 4.43% 167

Cape Verde Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020 552,850 49.467% 50.533% 137 83 1.16% 172
2025 584,600 49.585% 50.415% 145 84 1.05% 171
2030 614,475 49.685% 50.315% 152 83 0.93% 171
2035 642,141 49.766% 50.235% 159 83 0.81% 170
2040 667,214 49.833% 50.167% 165 84 0.69% 170
2045 689,053 49.895% 50.105% 170 86 0.57% 170
2050 706,982 49.95% 50.05% 175 86 0.43% 170
2055 720,598 49.988% 50.012% 178 87 0.31% 170
2060 729,896 49.998% 50.002% 181 89 0.18% 170
2065 734,828 49.996% 50.004% 182 88 0.06% 170
2070 735,263 50.002% 49.998% 182 89 -0.06% 170
2075 731,393 50.033% 49.967% 181 91 -0.17% 170
2080 724,054 50.092% 49.908% 179 91 -0.25% 170
2085 714,450 50.171% 49.829% 177 92 -0.3% 170
2090 703,508 50.247% 49.753% 174 93 -0.32% 171
2095 691,958 50.295% 49.705% 171 93 -0.34% 171
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations