Kiribati Population 2017

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Kiribati's population today is slightly above the 2010 census population of 103,500. The nation has a population density of 135 people per square kilometer (350/sq mi), which is 73rd in the world. The country has just 811 square kilometers of land area, 186th in the world.

Over 90% of the population inhabits the Gilbert Islands, with over 33% of the population in an area of just 6.2 square miles on South Tarawa. Until very recently, the Kiribati people mostly lived in villages on the outer islands with populations of just 50 to 3,000. More citizens have moved to the urban island capital of Tarawa recently. The South Tarawa area has a population of more than 50,000.

Kiribati is now a disappearing nation -- literally. The coral island is just 6.5 feet above sea level and rising sea levels due to climate change are causing the island to become smaller each year and pushing the residents further inland.

Kiribati Demographics

The native people of the nation are the I-Kiribati, who are ethnically Micronesians. Archaeological evidence indicates Austronesians originally inhabited the islands thousands of years ago, although Fijians, Tongans, and Samoans invaded around the 14th century, introducing new ethnic diversity. Despite this, Kiribati has a fairly homogeneous population.

The I-Kiribati speak an Oceanic language, Gilbertese, but English is also an official language. The main religion is Christianity, which was introduced by missionaries in the 1800's. 56% of the population is Roman Catholic while 34% is Congregationalist Protestant.

Kiribati has a low life expectancy rate of just 63 for women and 57 for men with many health problems caused by the consumption of semi-raw seafood, bacterial contamination of food, and little few storage. Just 10 years ago, up to 7% of the population was treated each year for food poisoning in a hospital.

Kiribati Population in 2017 Source: No machine-readable author provided. Roisterer assumed (based on copyright claims).

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

Kiribati Population Growth

Scientists estimate that climate change will wipe out most of Kiribati before the end of the century, and possibly even sooner. If this prediction proves correct, the 105,000 residents of the country may become refugees. The president of Kiribati, Anote Tong, has even made frequent trips to Fiji to find a place to move his people if this happens, and he is reported to have purchased 6,000 acres of land in Fiji.

Kiribati Population Density

About Kiribati

Official Name Independent and Sovereign Republic of Kiribati
Languages Spoken English, Gilbertese
Borders
Is Landlocked No
Latitude/Longitude 1.41666666,173
Currencies Used AUD

Kiribati Population Clock

What is the population of Kiribati (as of [[date]])? [[getCurrentPopulation()]]
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017) [[getLastEstimate()]]
Births Per Day 2
Deaths Per Day
Net Migrations Per Day -1
Net Change Per Day 1
Population Change Since January 1st [[getPopChangeThisYear()]]
  • Net [[getIncreaseOrDecrease()]] of 1 person every [[getDurationPerPerson()]]

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

Kiribati Population Indicators

Indicator Value World Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 27.807 births/thousand 53rd
Crude Death Rate 6.913 deaths/thousand 122nd
Crude Net Migration Rate -3.624 people/thousand 175th
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 66.635 years 151st
Life Expectancy (Male) 63.392 years 157th
Life Expectancy (Female) 69.88 years 147th
Total Fertility Rate 3.605 children/woman 50th
Net Reproduction Rate 1.624 surviving daughters/woman 47th
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.06 males per female 28th
Infant Mortality Rate 42.961 deaths/1,000 live births 42nd
Under Five Mortality 54.449 deaths/thousand 47th
Mean Age at Childbearing 30.828 years 36th
Rate of Natural Increase 20.674 49th
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 11.009% 149th
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 13.662% 152nd
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 8.2% 144th
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 24.214% 149th
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 29.355% 152nd
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 19.021% 144th
Crude Suicide Rate 0 suicides/thousand 0th
Median Age (Total) 24.3 years 148th
Median Age (Female) 25.1 years 146th
Median Age (Male) 23.2 years 156th

Kiribati Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2017 116,405 49.317% 50.683% 143 81 1.71% 192
2015 112,422 49.3% 50.701% 138 81 1.75% 192
2010 102,648 49.228% 50.772% 126 84 1.94% 197
2005 92,329 49.273% 50.727% 113 89 2.07% 198
2000 84,406 49.281% 50.719% 104 95 1.71% 198
1995 77,727 49.563% 50.437% 95 100 1.51% 198
1990 72,411 49.47% 50.53% 89 99 1.76% 197
1985 64,006 49.511% 50.489% 79 100 2.34% 201
1980 59,340 49.275% 50.725% 73 103 1.33% 201
1975 55,169 49.401% 50.599% 68 102 1.46% 201
1970 51,181 49.419% 50.581% 63 101 1.63% 201
1965 46,455 49.394% 50.606% 57 101 2.14% 202
1960 41,233 49.351% 50.651% 50 101 2.46% 200
1955 36,597 49.296% 50.704% 45 102 2.31% 199
1950 33,050 49.216% 50.784% 40 102 1.73% 198

Kiribati Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020 122,434 49.322% 50.678% 151 79 1.62% 192
2025 132,283 49.296% 50.704% 163 77 1.43% 192
2030 141,567 49.256% 50.744% 174 76 1.25% 192
2035 150,350 49.211% 50.789% 185 75 1.17% 192
2040 159,313 49.177% 50.823% 196 75 1.16% 192
2045 168,724 49.157% 50.843% 208 74 1.12% 192
2050 178,101 49.139% 50.861% 219 73 1.03% 192
2055 187,069 49.116% 50.884% 230 72 0.91% 192
2060 195,322 49.085% 50.915% 241 70 0.79% 191
2065 202,858 49.044% 50.956% 250 70 0.71% 190
2070 210,010 49.011% 50.989% 259 67 0.67% 190
2075 217,067 48.981% 51.019% 267 65 0.64% 190
2080 223,880 48.962% 51.038% 276 60 0.58% 190
2085 230,111 48.947% 51.053% 284 60 0.5% 190
2090 235,488 48.946% 51.054% 290 56 0.41% 190
2095 239,984 48.964% 51.036% 296 56 0.34% 190
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations