Croatia Population 2017

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Croatia has been experiencing a population decline, although it's believed its population has increased slightly to 4.25 million in 2015 from the 2011 census figure of 4.28 million. This makes Croatia the 128th most populous country in the world. Croatia has a population density of 76 people per square mile (196/square mile), which ranks 126th in the world.

The capital and largest city, Zagreb, has city population of 790,000. The next largest city is Split, with only 178,000 people.

Croatia Demographics

90.4% of the population is Croats. This makes Croatia the most ethnically homogeneous of the 6 countries of former Yugoslavia. Other groups include Serbs (4.4%), Bosniaks, Italians, Germans, Czechs, Romani and Hungarians.

Croats arrived in the area during the 7th century and founded the kingdom of Croatia, which retained sovereignty for almost 200 years. It was conquered and eventually declared independence once more in 1991. The Croatian War of Independence caused a sharp drop in population, with hundreds of thousands fleeing violence outside the country.

More than 86% of the population is Roman Catholic. The second-most common religion is Eastern Orthodoxy at 4%.

78% of Croatians speak at least one foreign language. About half speak English as a second language, while 34% speak German and 14% speak Italian.

Croatia Population Growth

Croatia is in demographic crisis and losing people each year. Its fertility rate is just 1.5 children per woman, one of the world's lowest, and its death rate has exceeded the birth rate since 1991. Natural growth is negative. Croatia is now ranked as the 14th fastest shrinking country in the world. It's predicted that Croatia's population will shrink to 3.1 million by 2050, after reaching its peak of 4.7 million in 1991.

Croatia Population in 2017 Source: Roberta F.

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

Croatia Population Growth

Croatia is in demographic crisis and losing people each year. Its fertility rate is just 1.5 children per woman, one of the world's lowest, and its death rate has exceeded the birth rate since 1991. Natural growth is negative. It's predicted that Croatia's population will shrink to 3.1 million by 2050, after reaching its peak of 4.7 million in 1991.

Croatia Population Density

About Croatia

Official Name Republic of Croatia
Languages Spoken Croatian
Borders BIH, HUN, MNE, SRB, SVN
Is Landlocked No
Latitude/Longitude 45.16666666,15.5
Currencies Used HRK

Croatia Population Clock

What is the population of Croatia (as of [[date]])? [[getCurrentPopulation()]]
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017) [[getLastEstimate()]]
Births Per Day 21
Deaths Per Day 29
Net Migrations Per Day -1
Net Change Per Day -9
Population Change Since January 1st [[getPopChangeThisYear()]]
  • Net [[getIncreaseOrDecrease()]] of 1 person every [[getDurationPerPerson()]]

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

Croatia Population Indicators

Indicator Value World Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 9.244 births/thousand 189th
Crude Death Rate 12.73 deaths/thousand 17th
Crude Net Migration Rate -0.123 people/thousand 76th
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 77.845 years 53rd
Life Expectancy (Male) 74.577 years 61st
Life Expectancy (Female) 81.044 years 52nd
Total Fertility Rate 1.483 children/woman 181st
Net Reproduction Rate 0.711 surviving daughters/woman 182nd
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.059 males per female 48th
Infant Mortality Rate 3.287 deaths/1,000 live births 175th
Under Five Mortality 4.216 deaths/thousand 173rd
Mean Age at Childbearing 30.665 years 42nd
Rate of Natural Increase -3.582 195th
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 1.962% 36th
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 2.607% 40th
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 1.286% 30th
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 9.607% 36th
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 13.237% 40th
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 5.904% 30th
Crude Suicide Rate 16.5 suicides/thousand 26th
Median Age (Total) 42.7 years 18th
Median Age (Female) 44.8 years 14th
Median Age (Male) 40.8 years 20th

Croatia Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2017 4,209,815 48.259% 51.741% 75 132 -0.36% 129
2015 4,240,317 48.233% 51.767% 75 131 -0.36% 128
2010 4,316,425 48.202% 51.798% 77 123 -0.33% 124
2005 4,378,056 48.158% 51.842% 78 114 -0.22% 119
2000 4,428,069 48.142% 51.858% 79 111 -0.44% 116
1995 4,616,762 48.371% 51.629% 82 106 -0.91% 110
1990 4,776,374 48.485% 51.515% 85 104 -0.34% 105
1985 4,716,117 48.394% 51.606% 84 96 0.46% 102
1980 4,598,126 48.437% 51.563% 82 89 0.51% 98
1975 4,500,867 48.469% 51.531% 80 90 0.38% 94
1970 4,423,073 48.389% 51.611% 79 86 0.36% 92
1965 4,328,920 48.275% 51.725% 77 81 0.5% 86
1960 4,192,634 48.022% 51.978% 74 78 0.71% 79
1955 4,030,417 47.883% 52.117% 72 75 0.85% 77
1950 3,850,295 47.643% 52.357% 68 72 0.93% 77

Croatia Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020 4,162,499 48.308% 51.692% 74 136 -0.41% 131
2025 4,072,414 48.395% 51.605% 72 144 -0.46% 131
2030 3,976,533 48.482% 51.518% 71 146 -0.5% 131
2035 3,876,167 48.576% 51.424% 69 150 -0.53% 131
2040 3,771,264 48.69% 51.31% 67 153 -0.57% 134
2045 3,663,743 48.854% 51.146% 65 155 -0.59% 135
2050 3,554,424 49.046% 50.954% 63 157 -0.62% 136
2055 3,443,544 49.242% 50.758% 61 159 -0.65% 137
2060 3,332,966 49.416% 50.584% 59 161 -0.66% 138
2065 3,223,940 49.56% 50.44% 57 161 -0.67% 140
2070 3,117,740 49.679% 50.321% 55 162 -0.67% 140
2075 3,016,495 49.789% 50.211% 53 165 -0.64% 140
2080 2,922,731 49.89% 50.11% 52 166 -0.61% 141
2085 2,836,761 49.977% 50.023% 50 168 -0.58% 141
2090 2,757,025 50.041% 49.959% 49 171 -0.55% 142
2095 2,683,197 50.082% 49.918% 47 173 -0.53% 142
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations