Guatemala Population 2017

17,016,005

Guatemala's population of 16.3 million makes it the most populous nation of Central America. The country has a population density of 134 people per square kilometer (349/square mile), which ranks 85th in the world.

The largest city and capital of Guatemala is Guatemala City, or Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción. Guatemala City has a metro population of more than 2.74 million.

Guatemala Demographics

Guatemala is a very multiethnic country with a culture that reflects its indigenous and Spanish influences. The 2010 census found that 41% of Guatemalans are Mestizo (Ladino), which means they have mixed European and indigenous ancestry. About 39% of Guatemalans are full Amerindian, which is a higher percentage than any other nation in the Western Hemisphere. The majority of indigenous people in Guatemala are of the Maya people: K'iche' (11%), Q'eqchi (8%), Kaqchikel (8%), Mam (5%), and other Mayan (7.5%).

Whites of European descent, or Criollo, account for 18.5% of Guatemala's population. Most are descended from Spanish and German settlers, although other ancestry groups are represented to a smaller degree, including Norwegian, French, Italian, English, Irish, and Russian.

There are about 110,000 Salvadorans living in Guatemala. There is a sizable population of Garifuna, who are descended from black Africans who intermarried with indigenous peoples. Mulattos and Afro-Guatemalans are mostly descended from plantation workers. Guatemala has a large population of Asians, particularly of Chinese and Korean descent. These groups make up the remaining 1.5% of Guatemala's population.

While 93% of the population speaks Spanish, there are also 21 Mayan languages spoken in Guatemala as well as two non-Mayan Amerindian languages.

Due to the country's long civil war, there is a large Guatemalan diaspora. Most Guatemalans living abroad are located in the U.S., where there is believed to be between 480,000 and 1.5 million Guatemalans.

Guatemala has one of the poorest health ratings in Latin America with among the highest infant mortality rates and one of the lowest life expectancy rates.

Guatemala Population in 2017Source: Roberto G. Medina (GuateRob)

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

Guatemala Population Growth

Guatemala has a fairly high fertility rate, despite poor access to health care and a low life expentancy. The country is currently growing at a rate of 2.5% per year.

About Guatemala

Official NameRepublic of Guatemala
Languages SpokenSpanish
BordersBLZ, SLV, HND, MEX
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude15.5-90.25
Currencies UsedGTQ

Guatemala Population Density

Name Population
San Andres Villa Seca5,102
Ipala5,283
Santa Clara La Laguna5,306
Purulha5,370
La Democracia5,479
San Bernardino5,501
San Mateo5,534
Aguacatan5,572
Magdalena Milpas Altas5,582
Senahu5,633
San Antonio Huista5,669
Santa Cruz Verapaz5,843
Santa Rosa de Lima5,984
San Jose Poaquil5,987
Rio Hondo5,997
El Asintal6,156
San Pablo La Laguna6,186
Santa Cruz Naranjo6,254
San Bartolome Milpas Altas6,261
Santo Domingo Suchitepequez6,270
San Jose Acatempa6,367
Teculutan6,407
Tacana6,438
La Libertad6,439
Taxisco6,518
San Luis6,776
San Carlos Sija6,831
Santa Maria Chiquimula6,980
Acatenango7,050
Guazacapan7,080
Santo Tomas La Union7,081
Chuarrancho7,149
San Vicente Pacaya7,162
San Andres7,235
El Progreso7,350
Chahal Guatemala7,465
Mataquescuintla7,539
San Miguel Siguila7,551
El Tumbador7,562
Rio Bravo7,568
Champerico7,761
San Antonio La Paz7,781
San Antonio Aguas Calientes7,811
Santa Cruz Balanya7,825
San Luis Ixcan7,850
Concepcion Chiquirichapa8,080
San Jeronimo8,093
Nuevo Progreso8,113
Moyuta8,145
Pajapita8,164
Cunen8,400
San Miguel Duenas8,424
Chiantla8,465
La Libertad8,646
San Raimundo8,689
Santo Domingo Xenacoj8,791
San Felipe8,921
Concepcion8,925
Estanzuela8,937
Yepocapa8,961
Casillas8,970
Samayac8,994
Tactic8,999
Sayaxche9,100
San Cristobal Cucho9,152
Zacualpa9,241
Zaragoza9,361
Ocos9,463
Santa Ana9,523
Parramos9,613
San Pedro La Laguna9,681
Cubulco9,753
San Martin Jilotepeque9,846
Huitan9,958
Zunil9,986
Masagua10,045
Nueva Santa Rosa10,130
Oratorio10,155
San Luis Jilotepeque10,306
San Agustin Acasaguastlan10,335
Monjas10,351
Pastores10,393
Jalpatagua10,469
Dolores10,604
Rabinal10,737
Santa Catarina Mita10,817
Cuyotenango10,825
Soloma10,916
San Antonio Suchitepequez10,951
San Juan Cotzal11,046
Nueva Concepcion11,121
Ayutla11,432
Melchor de Mencos11,457
Atescatempa11,543
Chajul11,657
Almolonga11,913
San Juan Chamelco11,944
Cabrican11,946
Salcaja11,966
Flores Costa Cuca11,984
Sacapulas12,088
El Quetzal12,122
San Andres Xecul12,133
Chiquimulilla12,842
Panajachel12,863
Santa Barbara12,906
Santa Lucia Milpas Altas13,001
Joyabaj13,164
San Mateo Ixtatan13,213
San Pedro Carcha13,332
Guastatoya13,467
San Pablo13,668
San Miguel Chicaj13,747
San Francisco Zapotitlan13,855
Barillas14,100
Patulul14,196
San Pedro Sacatepequez14,315
Livingston14,350
San Lucas Toliman14,545
Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan14,734
San Sebastian14,823
Malacatan14,923
El Palmar15,167
Santa Maria de Jesus15,529
Asuncion Mita15,608
El Tejar15,770
El Estor15,842
Sanarate15,843
La Esperanza16,461
Cuilapa16,484
Patzicia16,494
Chisec17,018
Poptun17,320
Alotenango17,410
Jocotenango17,918
San Lucas Sacatepequez17,959
Tiquisate18,189
Palencia18,574
San Andres Itzapa18,647
Puerto San Jose18,655
Patzun18,704
Morales18,994
Colomba19,115
Nuevo San Carlos19,162
Gualan19,354
San Cristobal Verapaz19,664
Comitancillo19,669
San Pablo Jocopilas20,259
Chicacao20,426
Flores20,464
Esquipulas20,674
Comalapa20,738
Sumpango20,884
Tecpan Guatemala21,978
Nebaj23,301
Santa Cruz del Quiche23,618
La Gomera24,001
Santiago Sacatepequez24,210
San Marcos25,088
Panzos25,569
Cantel26,063
Nahuala27,690
Fraijanes28,492
Ostuncalco28,894
Ciudad Vieja30,203
Barberena30,539
San Benito30,764
Palin31,329
Momostenango31,739
Santiago Atitlan33,309
Jacaltenango34,084
Jutiapa34,332
Zacapa36,088
Retalhuleu36,656
Antigua Guatemala39,368
Salama40,000
San Pedro Sacatepequez40,021
Chiquimula41,521
Mazatenango44,132
Solola45,373
Coatepeque45,654
Jalapa45,834
San Pedro Ayampuc46,803
San Jose Pinula47,247
Coban53,375
San Francisco El Alto54,493
Puerto Barrios56,605
Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa62,097
Santa Catarina Pinula67,994
Totonicapan69,734
Amatitlan71,836
Huehuetenango79,426
Chichicastenango79,759
Chimaltenango82,370
Chinautla97,172
Escuintla103,165
Villa Canales122,194
Quetzaltenango132,230
San Juan Sacatepequez136,886
Petapa141,455
Villa Nueva406,830
Mixco473,080
Guatemala City994,938

Guatemala Population Clock

What is the population of Guatemala (as of September 13, 2017)?17,016,005
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)17005497
Births Per Day243
Deaths Per Day49
Net Migrations Per Day -52
Net Change Per Day 142
Population Change Since January 1st36,210

Guatemala Population Indicators

IndicatorValueWorld Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 26.017 births/thousand55
Crude Death Rate 5.281 deaths/thousand170
Crude Net Migration Rate -1.103 people/thousand130
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 72.523 years115
Male Life Expectancy 68.983 years118
Female Life Expectancy 76.02 years112
Total Fertility Rate 3.057 children/woman61
Net Reproduction Rate 1.416 surviving daughters/woman59
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.05 males per female87
Infant Mortality Rate 18.936 deaths/1,000 live births85
Under Five Mortality 26.882 deaths/thousand76
Mean Age at Childbearing 27.896 years153
Rate of Natural Increase 20.569 52
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 9.683 %142
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 12.922 %149
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 6.432 %133
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 20.136 %133
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 25.806 %136
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 14.755 %127
Crude Suicide Rate 7.3 suicides/thousand89
Median Age (Total) 21.7 years169
Median Age (Female) 22.4 years168
Median Age (Male) 21 years171

Guatemala Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
201717,005,49748.934%51.066%158741.95%68
201516,342,89648.91%51.09%152752%67
201014,732,26148.852%51.148%137792.13%68
200513,183,50548.803%51.197%123852.3%67
200011,688,66048.882%51.118%109892.43%66
199510,357,35449.237%50.763%96972.43%68
19909,158,54649.612%50.388%851042.44%74
19858,117,49950.02%49.98%751082.47%75
19807,118,62850.261%49.739%661092.66%76
19756,237,96350.435%49.565%581072.69%78
19705,423,38450.542%49.458%501072.81%78
19654,728,20250.609%49.391%441072.73%79
19604,127,55550.637%49.363%381092.69%83
19553,614,47750.603%49.397%331102.66%83
19503,146,07350.521%49.479%291112.88%85

Guatemala Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
202018,014,92148.969%51.031%168741.87%67
202519,719,98849.027%50.973%184731.72%65
203021,424,12449.08%50.92%199731.57%66
203523,103,45549.134%50.866%215721.42%65
204024,729,50149.193%50.807%230701.28%65
204526,286,79549.26%50.74%245701.14%65
205027,754,33849.329%50.671%258651.01%65
205529,111,88549.403%50.597%271610.88%67
206030,336,71749.486%50.514%283570.75%67
206531,417,35649.578%50.422%293540.63%66
207032,344,24749.675%50.325%301520.51%66
207533,117,53549.784%50.216%309510.41%66
208033,742,19849.899%50.101%314490.31%66
208534,210,99650.012%49.988%319510.22%65
209034,538,57050.115%49.885%322510.14%64
209534,734,83550.218%49.782%324510.07%65
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations