Liberia Population 2017

4,739,220

Liberia, officially the Republic of Liberia, is a West African country bordered by Guinea, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, and the Atlantic Ocean. Liberia has about 111,300 square kilometers (43,000 sq mi) of land with an estimated 2017 population of 4.73 million.

Liberia's population is estimated at 4.73 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 2018Source: 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
Monrovia939,524
Gbarnga45,835
Kakata33,945
Bensonville City33,188
Harper City32,661
Voinjama26,594
Buchanan25,731
Zwedru25,678
New Yekepa24,695
Greenville16,434
Ganta13,802
Robertsport11,969
Sanniquellie11,415
Fish Town3,328
Tubmanburg3,155
Bopolu2,908
Barclayville2,733
Cestos City2,578

Liberia Population Clock

What is the population of Liberia (as of 11/15/2017)?4,739,220
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)4,731,906
Births Per Day88
Deaths Per Day21
Net Migrations Per Day -14
Net Change Per Day 53
Population Change Since January 1st16,907

Liberia Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 33.813 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 8.184 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate -1.042 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 61.881 years
Male Life Expectancy 60.837 years
Female Life Expectancy 62.919 years
Total Fertility Rate 4.507 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 1.904 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.054 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 53.142 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 74.189 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 28.596 years
Rate of Natural Increase 25.532
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 16.691%
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 16.973%
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 16.39%
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 30.794%
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 32.886%
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 28.712%
Median Age (Total) 18.3 years
Median Age (Female) 18.5 years
Median Age (Male) 18.1 years

Liberia Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
20174,731,90650.45%49.55%422.55%
20154,499,62150.41%49.59%402.65%
20103,948,12550.29%49.71%353.90%
20053,261,23050.14%49.86%292.49%
20002,884,52249.97%50.03%266.83%
19952,073,48249.77%50.23%19-0.23%
19902,097,23249.78%50.22%19-0.89%
19852,192,55549.81%50.19%203.03%
19801,888,31449.84%50.16%173.05%
19751,625,01349.91%50.09%152.78%
19701,416,52950.04%49.96%132.48%
19651,252,97250.28%49.72%112.26%
19601,120,31350.71%49.29%102.09%
19551,010,06751.29%48.71%91.66%
1950930,02552.03%47.97%80.00%

Liberia Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
20205,103,85350.51%49.49%460.00%
20255,770,09650.58%49.42%522.48%
20306,495,37750.63%49.37%582.40%
20357,271,26150.66%49.34%652.28%
20408,087,61150.68%49.32%732.15%
20458,934,80950.68%49.32%802.01%
20509,804,03150.67%49.34%881.87%
205510,689,37950.64%49.36%961.74%
206011,581,38150.60%49.40%1041.62%
206512,471,64250.57%49.43%1121.49%
207013,348,82950.53%49.47%1201.37%
207514,202,23750.50%49.50%1281.25%
208015,022,00950.47%49.53%1351.13%
208515,797,87350.45%49.55%1421.01%
209016,522,94150.44%49.56%1480.90%
209517,190,60550.44%49.56%1540.80%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. GeoNames Gazetteer