Central African Republic Population 2017

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Since its independence in 1960, the population of the Central African Republic has quadrupled. The population in 1960 was 1.2 million, which grew to 3.89 million at the last census in 2003. In 2015, the CAR has an estimated population of 4.8 million, which ranks 121st in the world.

There are no accurate figures on the population of the CAR, and its population is based on an estimate from the United Nations.

The Central African Republic is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world with just 7 people per square kilometer (18/square mile), which ranks 223rd in the world. The capital and largest city is Bangui. Established as a French outpost in 1889, Bangui has a population of 734,000. Bangui is often considered one of the world's most dangerous cities as it is the site of intense rebellions and destruction.

Central African Republic Demographics

The United Nations estimates that the CAR has more than 80 ethnic groups, each of which have their own language. The largest ethnic groups in the country are the Baya, Banda, Mandjia, Sara, M'Baka, Mboum, Yakoma, and the Fula. The Baya, or Gbaya, account for 34% of the CAR's population. There are also some Europeans in the country, most of which are of French descent.

According to the 2003 census, 80% of the population is Christian (51% Protestant and 29% Roman Catholic) while 15% is Muslim. Animism is also practiced by a significant percentage of the population. The CIA World Factbook, however, reports 50% of the population is Christian (split evenly between Roman Catholics and Protestants) while 35% practice indigenous beliefs.

The CAR is one of the poorest countries in the world and one of the 10 poorest in Africa and it ranks 179th out of 187 on the Human Development Index. About 11% of the population between 15 and 49 is HIV positive, yet only 3% of the country has access to antiretroviral therapy.

Central African Republic Population Growth

In recent years, the CAR has been plagued by corruption, authoritarianism and underdevelopment, which led to a rebellion and the 2012-2013 Central African Republic conflict. This conflict led to the overthrowing of the ruler in 2013, which caused virtually all government to disappear and forced the CAR to become, as Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye in "anarchy, a non-state." Earlier in 2014, the president and prime minister resigned.

By mid-2014, one third of the population, or 1.6 million people, were in need of food, and thousands have been killed in the violence that has lasted for over a year. Tens of thousands of Muslims have also been forced from their home in the Christian-majority country. The CAR is currently in a crisis, and it's population growth has come to a halt.

Central African Republic Population in 2017 Source: Afrika Force from South Africa

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

Central African Republic Population Growth

In recent years, the CAR has been plagued by corruption, authoritarianism and underdevelopment, which led to a rebellion and the 2012-2013 Central African Republic conflict. This conflict led to the overthrowing of the ruler in 2013, which caused virtually all government to disappear and forced the CAR to become, as Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye in "anarchy, a non-state." Earlier this year, the president and prime minister resigned.

As of April 2014, one third of the population, or 1.6 million people, are in need of food, and thousands have been killed in the violence that has lasted for over a year. Tens of thousands of Muslims have also been forced from their home in the Christian-majority country. The CAR is currently in a crisis, and it's population growth has come to a halt.

Central African Republic Population Density

About Central African Republic

Official Name Central African Republic
Languages Spoken French, Sango
Borders CMR, TCD, COD, COG, SSD, SDN
Is Landlocked Yes
Latitude/Longitude 7,21
Currencies Used XAF

Central African Republic Population Clock

What is the population of Central African Republic (as of [[date]])? [[getCurrentPopulation()]]
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017) [[getLastEstimate()]]
Births Per Day 91
Deaths Per Day 37
Net Migrations Per Day 5
Net Change Per Day 59
Population Change Since January 1st [[getPopChangeThisYear()]]
  • Net [[getIncreaseOrDecrease()]] of 1 person every [[getDurationPerPerson()]]

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

Central African Republic Population Indicators

Indicator Value World Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 32.65 births/thousand 33rd
Crude Death Rate 13.282 deaths/thousand 12th
Crude Net Migration Rate 0.369 people/thousand 61st
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 52.871 years 196th
Life Expectancy (Male) 50.782 years 199th
Life Expectancy (Female) 54.993 years 195th
Total Fertility Rate 4.052 children/woman 38th
Net Reproduction Rate 1.554 surviving daughters/woman 52nd
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.03 males per female 160th
Infant Mortality Rate 84.483 deaths/1,000 live births 3rd
Under Five Mortality 134.79 deaths/thousand 4th
Mean Age at Childbearing 29.45 years 87th
Rate of Natural Increase 19.361 56th
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 30.04% 198th
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 32.082% 199th
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 27.922% 194th
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 47.065% 198th
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 50.252% 199th
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 43.78% 194th
Crude Suicide Rate 7.9 suicides/thousand 82nd
Median Age (Total) 19.6 years 181st
Median Age (Female) 19.9 years 182nd
Median Age (Male) 19.3 years 182nd

Central African Republic Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2017 5,098,826 49.295% 50.705% 8 212 1.98% 120
2015 4,900,274 49.291% 50.709% 7 213 1.98% 120
2010 4,444,973 49.251% 50.749% 7 213 1.91% 121
2005 4,055,607 49.197% 50.803% 6 213 1.75% 125
2000 3,726,048 49.137% 50.863% 5 214 1.83% 125
1995 3,335,840 49.105% 50.895% 5 213 2.41% 126
1990 2,937,832 49.102% 50.898% 4 214 2.46% 130
1985 2,627,424 49.129% 50.871% 4 213 2.4% 131
1980 2,274,095 49.131% 50.869% 3 213 2.87% 132
1975 2,017,379 49.123% 50.877% 3 212 2.17% 132
1970 1,828,710 49.141% 50.859% 2 212 1.95% 131
1965 1,648,830 49.152% 50.848% 2 212 2.04% 130
1960 1,503,501 49.176% 50.824% 2 209 1.7% 130
1955 1,399,493 49.223% 50.777% 2 207 1.26% 128
1950 1,326,652 49.296% 50.705% 2 204 0.99% 125

Central African Republic Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020 5,408,758 49.292% 50.708% 8 212 1.93% 120
2025 5,941,978 49.286% 50.714% 9 212 1.81% 117
2030 6,490,081 49.268% 50.732% 10 212 1.7% 113
2035 7,050,719 49.24% 50.76% 11 212 1.6% 114
2040 7,623,234 49.204% 50.796% 12 212 1.51% 113
2045 8,203,876 49.159% 50.841% 13 211 1.41% 110
2050 8,781,748 49.11% 50.89% 14 210 1.29% 107
2055 9,342,724 49.054% 50.946% 14 211 1.16% 104
2060 9,873,868 48.992% 51.008% 15 210 1.03% 101
2065 10,366,617 48.934% 51.066% 16 210 0.9% 101
2070 10,815,026 48.884% 51.116% 17 210 0.77% 99
2075 11,216,373 48.844% 51.156% 18 210 0.66% 98
2080 11,572,173 48.816% 51.184% 18 210 0.56% 97
2085 11,880,806 48.8% 51.2% 19 207 0.47% 97
2090 12,142,292 48.792% 51.208% 19 207 0.38% 97
2095 12,353,416 48.795% 51.205% 19 207 0.29% 96
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations