Liberia Population 2017

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Liberia's population is estimated at 4.4 million. This compares to the 2008 census population of 3.47 million. Of this last official population, 1.1 million people lived in Montserrado County, which is the most populous county and home to the capital, Monrovia. The Greater Monrovia area is home to about 25% of Liberia's population. The next most populous area is Nimba County with about 500,000 residents. Liberia has a population density of just 35 people per square kilometer, which ranks 180th in the world.

Liberia Demographics

Liberia has 16 indigenous ethnic groups and several foreign minorities. Indigenous groups account for 95% of the population. The recognized ethnic groups include: the Gio (or Dan), Mano, Bassa, Kpelle, Grebo, Vai, Gola, Kru, Krahn, Mandingo (or Mandinka), Fante, Dei (or Dewoin), Bella, Mende, Loma, and the Americo-Liberians or Congo people.

The largest group is the Kpelle, who are concentrated in central and western Liberia. Americo-Liberians are descendants of African American and West Indian people and account for 2.5% of the population. The Congo people are descendants of repatriated Congo and Afro-Caribbean slaves and make up 2.5% of the population.

Liberia also has a sizable population of Lebanese, Indians, and West African nationals. There are high rates of marriage between ethnic Liberians and Lebanese in the country, which has created a large mulatto population around Monrovia.

Liberia Population in 2017 Source: Erik (HASH) Hershman

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

Liberia Population Growth

Liberia has one of the highest population growth rates in the world, although it has fallen in recent years. It reached a high of 4.6% annual growth in 2006, but has since fallen to 2.7% population growth per year. From 1960 to 2012, Liberia's population grew 274%. This trend of rapid growth is expected to continue over the next decade.

Liberia Population Density

About Liberia

Official Name Republic of Liberia
Languages Spoken English
Borders GIN, CIV, SLE
Is Landlocked No
Latitude/Longitude 6.5,-9.5
Currencies Used LRD

Liberia Population Clock

What is the population of Liberia (as of [[date]])? [[getCurrentPopulation()]]
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017) [[getLastEstimate()]]
Births Per Day 88
Deaths Per Day 21
Net Migrations Per Day -14
Net Change Per Day 53
Population Change Since January 1st [[getPopChangeThisYear()]]
  • Net [[getIncreaseOrDecrease()]] of 1 person every [[getDurationPerPerson()]]

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

Liberia Population Indicators

Indicator Value World Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 33.813 births/thousand 27th
Crude Death Rate 8.184 deaths/thousand 78th
Crude Net Migration Rate -1.042 people/thousand 128th
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 61.881 years 175th
Life Expectancy (Male) 60.837 years 174th
Life Expectancy (Female) 62.919 years 176th
Total Fertility Rate 4.507 children/woman 25th
Net Reproduction Rate 1.904 surviving daughters/woman 23rd
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.054 males per female 69th
Infant Mortality Rate 53.142 deaths/1,000 live births 23rd
Under Five Mortality 74.189 deaths/thousand 28th
Mean Age at Childbearing 28.596 years 127th
Rate of Natural Increase 25.532 28th
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 16.691% 169th
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 16.973% 168th
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 16.39% 170th
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 30.794% 169th
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 32.886% 168th
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 28.712% 170th
Crude Suicide Rate 2.6 suicides/thousand 144th
Median Age (Total) 18.3 years 197th
Median Age (Female) 18.5 years 199th
Median Age (Male) 18.1 years 197th

Liberia Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2017 4,730,437 50.44% 49.56% 49 157 2.47% 126
2015 4,503,438 50.401% 49.599% 46 159 2.45% 126
2010 3,957,990 50.287% 49.713% 41 164 3.03% 129
2005 3,269,785 50.137% 49.863% 33 167 3.46% 134
2000 2,891,968 49.971% 50.029% 30 169 3.63% 136
1995 2,079,921 49.769% 50.231% 21 176 5.51% 141
1990 2,102,877 49.78% 50.22% 21 173 -1.77% 137
1985 2,197,442 49.815% 50.185% 22 166 0.43% 135
1980 1,892,529 49.836% 50.164% 19 167 3.59% 136
1975 1,628,656 49.906% 50.094% 16 169 2.87% 137
1970 1,419,727 50.042% 49.958% 14 172 2.64% 137
1965 1,252,968 50.279% 49.721% 13 167 2.39% 137
1960 1,120,313 50.711% 49.29% 11 167 2.17% 137
1955 1,010,064 51.292% 48.708% 10 166 1.96% 136
1950 930,026 52.029% 47.971% 9 165 1.41% 137

Liberia Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020 5,090,855 50.491% 49.509% 52 156 2.39% 123
2025 5,727,990 50.563% 49.437% 59 154 2.3% 119
2030 6,414,213 50.619% 49.381% 66 152 2.2% 115
2035 7,140,394 50.658% 49.342% 74 146 2.06% 113
2040 7,892,223 50.679% 49.321% 81 141 1.92% 110
2045 8,660,743 50.686% 49.314% 89 136 1.77% 106
2050 9,435,645 50.677% 49.323% 97 128 1.64% 103
2055 10,215,178 50.656% 49.344% 106 115 1.51% 99
2060 10,992,138 50.626% 49.374% 114 112 1.39% 97
2065 11,757,056 50.592% 49.408% 122 111 1.27% 96
2070 12,495,493 50.552% 49.448% 129 107 1.15% 96
2075 13,200,813 50.5% 49.5% 137 105 1.03% 93
2080 13,862,758 50.442% 49.558% 143 103 0.91% 88
2085 14,474,318 50.386% 49.614% 150 103 0.8% 85
2090 15,032,098 50.337% 49.663% 156 103 0.69% 84
2095 15,532,745 50.302% 49.698% 161 99 0.6% 83
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations