Liberia Population 2017

4,734,359

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 2017Source: 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.

About Liberia

Official NameRepublic of Liberia
Languages SpokenEnglish
BordersGIN, CIV, SLE
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude6.5-9.5
Currencies UsedLRD

Liberia Population Density

Name Population
Cestos City2,578
Barclayville2,733
Bopolu2,908
Tubmanburg3,155
Fish Town3,328
Sanniquellie11,415
Robertsport11,969
Ganta13,802
Greenville16,434
New Yekepa24,695
Zwedru25,678
Buchanan25,731
Voinjama26,594
Harper32,661
Bensonville33,188
Kakata33,945
Gbarnga45,835
Monrovia939,524

Liberia Population Clock

What is the population of Liberia (as of September 13, 2017)?4,734,359
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)4730437
Births Per Day88
Deaths Per Day21
Net Migrations Per Day -14
Net Change Per Day 53
Population Change Since January 1st13,515

Liberia Population Indicators

IndicatorValueWorld Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 33.813 births/thousand27
Crude Death Rate 8.184 deaths/thousand78
Crude Net Migration Rate -1.042 people/thousand128
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 61.881 years175
Male Life Expectancy 60.837 years174
Female Life Expectancy 62.919 years176
Total Fertility Rate 4.507 children/woman25
Net Reproduction Rate 1.904 surviving daughters/woman23
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.054 males per female69
Infant Mortality Rate 53.142 deaths/1,000 live births23
Under Five Mortality 74.189 deaths/thousand28
Mean Age at Childbearing 28.596 years127
Rate of Natural Increase 25.532 28
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 16.691 %169
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 16.973 %168
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 16.39 %170
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 30.794 %167
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 32.886 %164
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 28.712 %171
Crude Suicide Rate 2.6 suicides/thousand144
Median Age (Total) 18.3 years197
Median Age (Female) 18.5 years199
Median Age (Male) 18.1 years197

Liberia Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
20174,730,43750.44%49.56%491572.47%126
20154,503,43850.401%49.599%461592.45%126
20103,957,99050.287%49.713%411643.03%129
20053,269,78550.137%49.863%331673.46%134
20002,891,96849.971%50.029%301693.63%136
19952,079,92149.769%50.231%211765.51%141
19902,102,87749.78%50.22%21173-1.77%137
19852,197,44249.815%50.185%221660.43%135
19801,892,52949.836%50.164%191673.59%136
19751,628,65649.906%50.094%161692.87%137
19701,419,72750.042%49.958%141722.64%137
19651,252,96850.279%49.721%131672.39%137
19601,120,31350.711%49.29%111672.17%137
19551,010,06451.292%48.708%101661.96%136
1950930,02652.029%47.971%91651.41%137

Liberia Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
20205,090,85550.491%49.509%521562.39%123
20255,727,99050.563%49.437%591542.3%119
20306,414,21350.619%49.381%661522.2%115
20357,140,39450.658%49.342%741462.06%113
20407,892,22350.679%49.321%811411.92%110
20458,660,74350.686%49.314%891361.77%106
20509,435,64550.677%49.323%971281.64%103
205510,215,17850.656%49.344%1061151.51%99
206010,992,13850.626%49.374%1141121.39%97
206511,757,05650.592%49.408%1221111.27%96
207012,495,49350.552%49.448%1291071.15%96
207513,200,81350.5%49.5%1371051.03%93
208013,862,75850.442%49.558%1431030.91%88
208514,474,31850.386%49.614%1501030.8%85
209015,032,09850.337%49.663%1561030.69%84
209515,532,74550.302%49.698%161990.6%83
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations