Cape Verde Population 2019

550,802

Cape Verde, officially the Republic of Cabo Verde, is an island country comprised of an archipelago of ten volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean, about 350 miles off the coast of Western Africa. The name Cape Verde has been used for the archipelago in English since its independence from Portugal in 1975. In 2019, the population of Cape Verde is estimated at 549,935, down from 514,000 in 2014, which makes it the 172nd most populous country in the world.

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.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 50 minutes
One death every 180 minutes
One net migrant every 360 minutes
Net gain of one person every 85 minutes

Cape Verde Population in 2018Source: By Ingo W�lbern [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Cape Verde Population Pyramid 2019

Cape Verde Population by Age

There are 363,887 adults in Cape Verde.

Census Years

Year Date
20202020
201030 June 2010
200030 June 2000
199023 June 1990
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.

Official NameRepublic of Cabo Verde
Languages SpokenPortuguese
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude16-24
Currencies UsedCape Verde Escudo
DemonymCape Verdian
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Name Population Location
Praia113,364Map
Mindelo70,611Map
Santa Maria17,231Map
Cova Figueira15,350Map
Santa Cruz9,488Map
Pedra Badejo9,343Map
Sao Filipe8,189Map
Assomada7,927Map
Tarrafal6,463Map
Espargos6,173Map
Porto Novo5,580Map
Calheta5,400Map
Vila da Ribeira Brava5,324Map
Tarrafal de Sao Nicolau5,039Map
Picos3,778Map
Vila do Maio3,009Map
Ribeira Grande2,950Map
Cidade Velha2,148Map
Vila de Sal Rei2,122Map
Sao Domingos1,850Map

Cape Verde Population Clock

The population of Cape Verde (as of 8/20/2019)?550,802
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2019)549,935
Births Per Day29
Deaths Per Day8
Net Migrations Per Day -4
Net Change Per Day 17
Population Change Since January 1st3,944

Cape Verde Population Estimator

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Estimate as of August 20th 2019 is: 550,764

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
2019549,93550.19%49.81%136.361721.13%
2018543,76750.18%49.82%134.831721.17%
2017537,49850.16%49.84%133.271721.20%
2016531,14650.15%49.85%131.701721.22%
2015524,74350.13%49.87%130.111721.27%
2010492,65449.95%50.05%122.161711.25%
2005463,03248.65%51.35%114.811701.58%
2000428,18848.11%51.89%106.171692.08%
1995386,28448.02%51.98%95.781702.71%
1990337,95047.40%52.60%83.801731.63%
1985311,67846.81%53.19%77.281721.89%
1980283,84746.26%53.74%70.381700.99%
1975270,24747.05%52.95%67.011670.12%
1970268,62747.64%52.36%66.611673.12%
1965230,41847.40%52.61%57.131682.69%
1960201,76546.94%53.06%50.031680.46%
1955197,19547.61%52.39%48.901672.06%
1950178,06547.16%52.84%44.151670.00%
Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
2020555,98750.20%49.80%137.861720.00%
2025584,32050.18%49.82%144.881721.00%
2030610,05750.11%49.89%151.271720.87%
2035632,89050.01%49.99%156.931710.74%
2040652,37949.88%50.12%161.761710.61%
2045668,00749.74%50.26%165.641710.47%
2050679,39449.59%50.41%168.461710.34%
2055686,06849.42%50.58%170.111700.20%
2060688,11849.25%50.75%170.621700.06%
2065685,64849.10%50.90%170.01171-0.07%
2070679,24648.99%51.01%168.42172-0.19%
2075669,55248.94%51.06%166.02173-0.29%
2080657,78748.96%51.04%163.10174-0.35%
2085645,03149.02%50.98%159.94174-0.39%
2090631,87149.10%50.90%156.68174-0.41%
2095618,30849.17%50.83%153.31175-0.43%
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  3. World Population Prospects (2019 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the 1950, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010 censuses, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration. Official estimates through 2011 were also considered.

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