Guatemala Population 2017

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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 2017 Source: 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.

Guatemala Population Density

About Guatemala

Official Name Republic of Guatemala
Languages Spoken Spanish
Borders BLZ, SLV, HND, MEX
Is Landlocked No
Latitude/Longitude 15.5,-90.25
Currencies Used GTQ

Guatemala Population Clock

What is the population of Guatemala (as of [[date]])? [[getCurrentPopulation()]]
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017) [[getLastEstimate()]]
Births Per Day 243
Deaths Per Day 49
Net Migrations Per Day -52
Net Change Per Day 142
Population Change Since January 1st [[getPopChangeThisYear()]]
  • Net [[getIncreaseOrDecrease()]] of 1 person every [[getDurationPerPerson()]]

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

Guatemala Population Indicators

Indicator Value World Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 26.017 births/thousand 55th
Crude Death Rate 5.281 deaths/thousand 170th
Crude Net Migration Rate -1.103 people/thousand 130th
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 72.523 years 115th
Life Expectancy (Male) 68.983 years 118th
Life Expectancy (Female) 76.02 years 112th
Total Fertility Rate 3.057 children/woman 61st
Net Reproduction Rate 1.416 surviving daughters/woman 59th
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.05 males per female 87th
Infant Mortality Rate 18.936 deaths/1,000 live births 85th
Under Five Mortality 26.882 deaths/thousand 76th
Mean Age at Childbearing 27.896 years 153rd
Rate of Natural Increase 20.569 52nd
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 9.683% 142nd
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 12.922% 149th
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 6.432% 133rd
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 20.136% 142nd
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 25.806% 149th
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 14.755% 133rd
Crude Suicide Rate 7.3 suicides/thousand 89th
Median Age (Total) 21.7 years 169th
Median Age (Female) 22.4 years 168th
Median Age (Male) 21 years 171st

Guatemala Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2017 17,005,497 48.934% 51.066% 158 74 1.95% 68
2015 16,342,896 48.91% 51.09% 152 75 2% 67
2010 14,732,261 48.852% 51.148% 137 79 2.13% 68
2005 13,183,505 48.803% 51.197% 123 85 2.3% 67
2000 11,688,660 48.882% 51.118% 109 89 2.43% 66
1995 10,357,354 49.237% 50.763% 96 97 2.43% 68
1990 9,158,546 49.612% 50.388% 85 104 2.44% 74
1985 8,117,499 50.02% 49.98% 75 108 2.47% 75
1980 7,118,628 50.261% 49.739% 66 109 2.66% 76
1975 6,237,963 50.435% 49.565% 58 107 2.69% 78
1970 5,423,384 50.542% 49.458% 50 107 2.81% 78
1965 4,728,202 50.609% 49.391% 44 107 2.73% 79
1960 4,127,555 50.637% 49.363% 38 109 2.69% 83
1955 3,614,477 50.603% 49.397% 33 110 2.66% 83
1950 3,146,073 50.521% 49.479% 29 111 2.88% 85

Guatemala Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020 18,014,921 48.969% 51.031% 168 74 1.87% 67
2025 19,719,988 49.027% 50.973% 184 73 1.72% 65
2030 21,424,124 49.08% 50.92% 199 73 1.57% 66
2035 23,103,455 49.134% 50.866% 215 72 1.42% 65
2040 24,729,501 49.193% 50.807% 230 70 1.28% 65
2045 26,286,795 49.26% 50.74% 245 70 1.14% 65
2050 27,754,338 49.329% 50.671% 258 65 1.01% 65
2055 29,111,885 49.403% 50.597% 271 61 0.88% 67
2060 30,336,717 49.486% 50.514% 283 57 0.75% 67
2065 31,417,356 49.578% 50.422% 293 54 0.63% 66
2070 32,344,247 49.675% 50.325% 301 52 0.51% 66
2075 33,117,535 49.784% 50.216% 309 51 0.41% 66
2080 33,742,198 49.899% 50.101% 314 49 0.31% 66
2085 34,210,996 50.012% 49.988% 319 51 0.22% 65
2090 34,538,570 50.115% 49.885% 322 51 0.14% 64
2095 34,734,835 50.218% 49.782% 324 51 0.07% 65
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations