DR Congo Population 2019

87,533,567

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 2019 population of 86.79 million, ranking it 16th in the world.

DR Congo Area and Population density

The Democratic Republic of Congo is an almost entirely landlocked nation in sub-Saharan Africa. It is quite a sizable nation at 905,567 square miles (2,345,408 square kilometers). Even though DR Congo has a large population, the surface area gives it a low population density at 22.3 people per square mile (35.9 people per square kilometer).

DR Congo Demographics

80% of the people in DR Congo are Bantu, but there are more than 250 ethnic groups in the country. Other groups include the Central Sudanic/Ubangian, Milotic and Pygmy peoples.

The official language of the nation is French, but Lingala, Kingwana, Kikongo, and Tshiluba are also common. Both French and English are taught in secondary and high schools.

The median age of DR Congo is 18.8 years with nearly half of the population under 15 years old.

Largest Cities in DR Congo

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.

DR Congo Religion, Economy and Politics

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%.

DR Congo Population History

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 soldiers 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.

DR Congo Population Growth

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.

DR Congo Population Projections

The rate of growth in DR Congo is unusually high at 3.27%. This is expected to slow, but not significantly. The population is expected to hit 90 million by 2020, and 100 million by 2024. By the year 2050, DR Congo is projected to have a population close to 200 million.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 9 seconds
One death every 39 seconds
One net migrant every 28 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

DR Congo Population Pyramid 2019

DR Congo Population by Age

There are 41,177,943 adults in DR Congo.

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

Official NameDemocratic Republic of the Congo
Languages SpokenFrench, Kikongo, Lingala, Tshiluba, Swahili
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude0, 25
Currencies UsedCongo/Kinshasa Franc
DemonymCongolese
BordersAngola
Burundi
Central African Republic
Republic Of The Congo
Rwanda
South Sudan
Tanzania
Uganda
Zambia
Name Population Location
Kinshasa7,785,965Map
Lubumbashi1,373,770Map
Mbuji-Mayi874,761Map
Kisangani539,158Map
Masina485,167Map
Kananga463,546Map
Likasi422,414Map
Kolwezi418,000Map
Tshikapa267,462Map
Beni232,000Map
Bukavu225,389Map
Mwene-Ditu189,177Map
Kikwit186,991Map
Mbandaka184,185Map
Matadi180,109Map
Uvira170,391Map
Boma162,521Map
Butembo154,621Map
Gandajika154,425Map
Kalemie146,974Map

DR Congo Population Clock

The population of DR Congo (as of 10/8/2019)?87,533,567
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2019)86,790,567
Births Per Day9,582
Deaths Per Day2,204
Net Migrations Per Day52
Net Change Per Day7,430
Population Change Since January 1st2,087,830

DR Congo Population Estimator

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Estimate as of October 8th 2019 is: 87,542,109

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
201986,790,56749.91%50.09%37.01163.24%
201884,068,09149.90%50.10%35.85163.28%
201781,398,76449.89%50.11%34.71173.31%
201678,789,12749.88%50.12%33.60193.34%
201576,244,54449.87%50.13%32.52193.38%
201064,563,85449.78%50.22%27.53203.34%
200554,785,90349.69%50.31%23.36233.07%
200047,105,82649.59%50.41%20.09252.53%
199541,576,23449.48%50.52%17.73263.73%
199034,612,02349.34%50.66%14.76292.98%
198529,881,22949.18%50.82%12.74312.54%
198026,358,90848.98%51.02%11.24312.85%
197522,903,58148.74%51.26%9.77322.74%
197020,011,03648.47%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%5.20320.00%
Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
202089,561,40349.92%50.08%38.19160.00%
2025104,133,56449.95%50.05%44.41153.06%
2030120,046,72649.97%50.03%51.20152.88%
2035137,336,55949.96%50.04%58.57122.73%
2040155,725,44049.95%50.05%66.41102.55%
2045174,895,13949.92%50.08%74.59102.35%
2050194,488,65849.89%50.11%82.9492.15%
2055214,307,04149.85%50.15%91.3991.96%
2060234,145,62449.80%50.20%99.8571.79%
2065253,760,23549.74%50.26%108.2271.62%
2070272,900,87249.68%50.32%116.3871.47%
2075291,255,57849.61%50.39%124.2171.31%
2080308,523,38749.53%50.47%131.5771.16%
2085324,329,80049.45%50.55%138.3271.00%
2090338,553,57349.36%50.64%144.3860.86%
2095351,138,10049.27%50.73%149.7560.73%
  1. Institut National de la Statistique (INS)
  2. World Population Prospects (2019 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.

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