DR Congo Population 2018

84,354,813

The Democratic Republic of Congo, also called DR Congo, DRC or the DROC, is located in Central Africa. It's the second largest country in Africa in terms of size and the 11th largest in the world. The Congo has an estimated 2018 population of 84 million, ranking it 19th in the world.

The Second Congo War that started in 1998 (also called the African world war) was the deadliest conflict on earth since the Chinese Civil War. 90% of soliders died from malaria and disease and displaced a huge percentage of the population. 47% of the deaths were children under 5, and DR Congo is still trying to recover. DR Congo's population grew from only 39 million in 1992 to 66 million in 2009, despite its ongoing war.

The largest city in the Congo is Kinshasa with approximately 7.8 million people, followed by Lubumbashi (1.4 million) and Goma (1 million). There are more than 200 ethnic groups in the DRC, and the Bantu are the majority. The Mongo, Luba and Kongo peoples (Bantu) with the Hamitic Mangbetu-Azande peoples make up about 45% of the population. There are also 600,000 Pygmies, the aboriginal people of the country.

It's very hard to obtain reliable data on DRC's population due to conflict, but it seems to be a destination for many immigrants, refugees and asylum-seekers. The number of Congolese nationals abroad is somewhere between 3 and 6 million, most of whom live in Africa.

80-95% of the population is Christian, making the Congo the most Christian nation in Africa. Indigenous beliefs account for 2-10% of the population, followed by Islam at 1.5-10%.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 9 seconds
One death every 40 seconds
One net migrant every 22 minutes
Net gain of one person every 12 seconds

DR Congo Population in 2018Source: By MONUSCO Photos [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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

DR Congo Population Growth

The Democratic Republic of Congo has one of the highest growth rates in the world and is predicted to double in population by 2030.

About DR Congo

Official NameDemocratic Republic of the Congo
Languages SpokenFrench, Kikongo, Lingala, Tshiluba, Swahili
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude025
Currencies UsedCongo/Kinshasa Franc
DemonymCongolese

DR Congo Population Density

DR Congo Top 20 Cities by Population

Name Population
Kinshasa7,785,965
Lubumbashi1,373,770
Mbuji-Mayi874,761
Kisangani539,158
Masina485,167
Kananga463,546
Likasi422,414
Kolwezi418,000
Tshikapa267,462
Bukavu225,389
Mwene-Ditu189,177
Kikwit186,991
Mbandaka184,185
Matadi180,109
Uvira170,391
Boma162,521
Butembo154,621
Gandajika154,425
Kalemie146,974
Goma144,124

DR Congo Population Clock

The population of DR Congo (as of 8/17/2018)?84,354,813
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2018)84,004,989
Births Per Day9,396
Deaths Per Day2,173
Net Migrations Per Day 65
Net Change Per Day 7,288
Population Change Since January 1st1,668,952

DR Congo Population Estimator

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Estimate as of August 17th 2018 is: 84,355,568

DR Congo Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
201884,004,98949.90%50.10%35.83163.28%
201781,339,98849.89%50.11%34.69173.31%
201678,736,15349.88%50.12%33.58193.33%
201576,196,61949.87%50.13%32.50193.38%
201064,523,26349.78%50.22%27.52203.34%
200554,751,47649.69%50.31%23.35233.07%
200047,076,38749.59%50.41%20.08252.51%
199541,595,74449.48%50.52%17.74273.74%
199034,614,58149.34%50.66%14.76292.98%
198529,883,44649.18%50.82%12.74312.54%
198026,357,46248.98%51.02%11.24312.85%
197522,902,31948.74%51.26%9.77322.74%
197020,009,93548.47%51.53%8.53332.87%
196517,369,88348.14%51.86%7.41332.64%
196015,248,25147.77%52.23%6.50332.44%
195513,517,51347.33%52.67%5.76332.10%
195012,183,65946.84%53.16%5.20330.00%

DR Congo Population by Year (Projections)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
202089,505,20149.92%50.08%38.17160.00%
2025104,220,55849.95%50.05%44.45153.09%
2030120,442,94349.97%50.03%51.36142.94%
2035138,153,30949.97%50.03%58.92112.78%
2040157,114,00049.95%50.05%67.00112.61%
2045176,960,86549.93%50.07%75.47102.41%
2050197,404,20249.89%50.11%84.1992.21%
2055218,220,44449.85%50.15%93.0682.03%
2060239,148,82849.81%50.19%101.9971.85%
2065260,011,99949.75%50.25%110.8971.69%
2070280,414,20649.70%50.30%119.5971.52%
2075300,057,96049.64%50.36%127.9671.36%
2080318,708,24649.59%50.41%135.9271.21%
2085336,057,52949.53%50.47%143.3261.07%
2090351,969,31749.48%50.52%150.1060.93%
2095366,297,17249.44%50.56%156.2150.80%
Data Sources
  1. Institut National de la Statistique (INS)
  2. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with (a) the 1984 census adjusted for underenumeration, (b) the population structure by age and sex from the 2001 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS-2), 2007 Demographic and Health Survey and 2013/14 Demographic and Health Survey; and (c) estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration.

  3. GeoNames Gazetteer