El Salvador Population 2017

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El Salvador has an estimated 2015 population of 6.42 million, up from the most recent census figure of 5.74 million in 2009. El Salvador has a population density of 342 people per square kilometer (885/square mile), which ranks 47th in the world.

The capital and largest city is San Salvador, with a city population of 568,000 and a metropolitan population of 2.4 million. San Salvador has the second-largest Jewish population in Central America.

El Salvador Demographics

El Salvador is comprised mostly of mestizos (people of European and Native American ancestry), whites and indigenous peoples, with 88% of the population claiming mixed ancestry. The mestizo population is mostly of Mediterranean descent, Afro-Salvadoran and Native Indigenous.

12% of the population is of Spanish descent, with small populations of German, Swiss, English, Irish, Italian and Danish ethnicity throughout the country. Only 1% of the country's population is completely indigenous, in part due to mass murders in 1932 during the Salvadoran peasant uprising. This is the only Central American country without a visible African population due to racial intermixing during its colonial days.

The largest city and capital, San Salvador, is home to 2.1 million people, but 42% of the country's population is rural. There are also 3.2 million Salvadorans living outside the country, particularly in the United States.

El Salvador Population Growth

El Salvador's population is believed to be on a modest upward trend, but the country has not had reliable census information since 2009. El Salvador is projected to hit a population of 6.6 million by 2020.

El Salvador Population in 2017 Source: Xtremesv

El Salvador Population Density

About El Salvador

Official Name Republic of El Salvador
Languages Spoken Spanish
Borders GTM, HND
Is Landlocked No
Latitude/Longitude 13.83333333,-88.91666666
Currencies Used SVC, USD

El Salvador Population Clock

What is the population of El Salvador (as of [[date]])? [[getCurrentPopulation()]]
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017) [[getLastEstimate()]]
Births Per Day 57
Deaths Per Day 23
Net Migrations Per Day -111
Net Change Per Day -77
Population Change Since January 1st [[getPopChangeThisYear()]]
  • Net [[getIncreaseOrDecrease()]] of 1 person every [[getDurationPerPerson()]]

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

El Salvador Population Indicators

Indicator Value World Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 16.909 births/thousand 110th
Crude Death Rate 6.927 deaths/thousand 121st
Crude Net Migration Rate -6.561 people/thousand 185th
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 73.751 years 105th
Life Expectancy (Male) 69.085 years 117th
Life Expectancy (Female) 78.074 years 91st
Total Fertility Rate 1.874 children/woman 137th
Net Reproduction Rate 0.889 surviving daughters/woman 137th
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.05 males per female 87th
Infant Mortality Rate 14.566 deaths/1,000 live births 102nd
Under Five Mortality 16.944 deaths/thousand 104th
Mean Age at Childbearing 26.693 years 188th
Rate of Natural Increase 9.938 115th
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 8.154% 135th
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 12.472% 146th
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 4.219% 111th
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 18.858% 135th
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 27.02% 146th
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 11.61% 111th
Crude Suicide Rate 12.8 suicides/thousand 46th
Median Age (Total) 26.6 years 138th
Median Age (Female) 28.1 years 126th
Median Age (Male) 25.1 years 142nd

El Salvador Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2017 6,167,147 46.827% 53.173% 297 44 0.34% 110
2015 6,126,583 46.931% 53.069% 295 44 0.32% 109
2010 6,038,306 47.267% 52.733% 291 42 0.28% 108
2005 5,947,206 47.698% 52.302% 287 44 0.34% 102
2000 5,811,835 48.161% 51.84% 280 41 0.56% 101
1995 5,588,743 48.548% 51.452% 269 37 0.97% 99
1990 5,252,081 48.808% 51.192% 253 37 1.31% 100
1985 4,920,932 49.018% 50.982% 237 35 1.32% 99
1980 4,577,683 49.314% 50.686% 220 36 1.61% 99
1975 4,147,524 49.604% 50.396% 200 36 2.19% 98
1970 3,668,592 49.745% 50.255% 177 40 2.6% 100
1965 3,197,865 49.574% 50.426% 154 42 2.85% 103
1960 2,762,897 49.287% 50.713% 133 44 2.87% 106
1955 2,429,331 49.164% 50.836% 117 46 2.37% 107
1950 2,199,897 49.341% 50.659% 106 47 1.65% 108

El Salvador Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020 6,230,899 46.702% 53.298% 300 44 0.33% 111
2025 6,329,014 46.564% 53.436% 305 43 0.28% 112
2030 6,407,941 46.507% 53.493% 309 44 0.21% 116
2035 6,463,919 46.523% 53.477% 311 49 0.09% 116
2040 6,476,344 46.56% 53.44% 312 50 -0.03% 117
2045 6,450,496 46.63% 53.37% 311 51 -0.15% 119
2050 6,390,316 46.743% 53.257% 308 53 -0.24% 119
2055 6,301,587 46.897% 53.103% 304 54 -0.34% 120
2060 6,183,382 47.096% 52.904% 298 54 -0.44% 121
2065 6,034,235 47.332% 52.668% 291 55 -0.56% 123
2070 5,855,355 47.588% 52.412% 282 56 -0.67% 126
2075 5,648,505 47.846% 52.154% 272 61 -0.79% 127
2080 5,417,268 48.098% 51.902% 261 66 -0.9% 129
2085 5,167,485 48.342% 51.658% 249 70 -1% 129
2090 4,910,503 48.566% 51.434% 236 72 -1.05% 131
2095 4,657,670 48.783% 51.217% 224 73 -1.06% 131
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations