Laos Population 2017

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The population is spread very unevenly in Laos, with most people living in the valleys of the Mekong River and tributaries. The capital city of Vientiane prefecture has an estimated population of 783,000.

Laos Demographics

The people of Laos are usually considered by their location as this relates to ethnicity. The lowland people (Lao Loum) account for about 60% of the country's population and are ethnic Lao. This group is descended from migrants who came south from China during the first millennium. 10% belong to other lowland groups.

The Mon-Khmer tribes, known as Lao Theung, inhabit the central and southern mountain areas. These are the indigenous inhabitants of northern Laos, although there are some Vietnamese, Chinese and Thai minorities. Lao Theung account for 30% of the population.

The Lao Soung, or highland people, include minority cultures such as the Hmong, Yao, Dao, Shan and other peoples who have lived in this isolated region for some time. The mountain tribes of mixed heritage include the Lua and Khmu people, who are indigenous to the region, The Lua people are endangered. The Lao Soung account for 10% of the population.

Laos also has the youngest population of any Asian country with a median age of 21.6 years.

Laos Population in 2017 Source: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra from Paris, France

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

Laos Population Growth

Life expectancy has grown from 54 in 2007 to 60 for men and 65 for women in 2012 as more people gain access to clean water and health care. The population of Laos is currently growing at a rate of 2% per year.

Laos Population Density

About Laos

Official Name Lao People's Democratic Republic
Languages Spoken Lao
Borders MMR, KHM, CHN, THA, VNM
Is Landlocked Yes
Latitude/Longitude 18,105
Currencies Used LAK

Laos Population Clock

What is the population of Laos (as of [[date]])? [[getCurrentPopulation()]]
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017) [[getLastEstimate()]]
Births Per Day 98
Deaths Per Day 25
Net Migrations Per Day -41
Net Change Per Day 32
Population Change Since January 1st [[getPopChangeThisYear()]]
  • Net [[getIncreaseOrDecrease()]] of 1 person every [[getDurationPerPerson()]]

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

Laos Population Indicators

Indicator Value World Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 25.412 births/thousand 58th
Crude Death Rate 6.368 deaths/thousand 137th
Crude Net Migration Rate -2.113 people/thousand 156th
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 67.427 years 147th
Life Expectancy (Male) 65.957 years 140th
Life Expectancy (Female) 68.85 years 151st
Total Fertility Rate 2.798 children/woman 70th
Net Reproduction Rate 1.26 surviving daughters/woman 67th
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.05 males per female 87th
Infant Mortality Rate 38.852 deaths/1,000 live births 48th
Under Five Mortality 48.513 deaths/thousand 51st
Mean Age at Childbearing 27.088 years 182nd
Rate of Natural Increase 18.899 58th
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 9.92% 145th
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 10.583% 139th
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 9.231% 149th
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 22.715% 145th
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 25.016% 139th
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 20.505% 149th
Crude Suicide Rate 6.4 suicides/thousand 98th
Median Age (Total) 22.7 years 161st
Median Age (Female) 23 years 161st
Median Age (Male) 22.4 years 160th

Laos Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2017 7,037,521 49.823% 50.177% 30 179 1.7% 105
2015 6,802,023 49.769% 50.231% 29 180 1.7% 105
2010 6,260,544 49.617% 50.383% 27 179 1.68% 106
2005 5,745,012 49.443% 50.557% 24 179 1.62% 105
2000 5,342,879 49.806% 50.194% 23 177 1.52% 104
1995 4,857,774 49.839% 50.161% 21 176 2.21% 107
1990 4,247,839 50.013% 49.987% 18 177 2.87% 111
1985 3,680,145 49.837% 50.163% 15 183 2.82% 113
1980 3,252,700 49.666% 50.334% 14 181 1.97% 113
1975 3,047,864 49.51% 50.49% 13 178 1.53% 114
1970 2,686,025 49.35% 50.65% 11 177 2.7% 116
1965 2,381,063 49.219% 50.781% 10 177 2.34% 115
1960 2,119,944 49.142% 50.858% 9 175 2.3% 115
1955 1,890,362 49.148% 50.852% 8 175 2.29% 115
1950 1,682,916 49.267% 50.733% 7 177 2.36% 116

Laos Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020 7,397,943 49.893% 50.107% 32 178 1.57% 104
2025 7,965,982 49.985% 50.015% 34 178 1.35% 103
2030 8,489,485 50.05% 49.95% 36 177 1.17% 103
2035 8,972,931 50.092% 49.908% 38 177 1.03% 101
2040 9,421,238 50.121% 49.879% 40 176 0.9% 100
2045 9,826,166 50.143% 49.857% 42 176 0.75% 99
2050 10,172,429 50.157% 49.843% 44 176 0.61% 98
2055 10,456,323 50.166% 49.834% 45 176 0.46% 98
2060 10,673,113 50.172% 49.828% 46 176 0.33% 99
2065 10,825,473 50.178% 49.822% 46 177 0.21% 98
2070 10,914,249 50.199% 49.801% 47 175 0.09% 98
2075 10,941,116 50.238% 49.762% 47 176 -0.02% 99
2080 10,909,589 50.304% 49.696% 47 176 -0.11% 100
2085 10,831,861 50.386% 49.614% 46 178 -0.19% 101
2090 10,717,104 50.483% 49.517% 46 179 -0.24% 101
2095 10,578,329 50.593% 49.407% 45 179 -0.29% 101
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations