Namibia Population 2017

2,570,715

Namibia's population is estimated at 2.35 million, compared to 2.1 million in 2011. Namibia is one of the least densely populated countries in the world with just 2 people per square kilometer, which ranks 235th. The only sovereign country that is less densely populated is Mongolia.

The largest city and capital is Windhoek, with a population of about 322,000. This is the only city with a population exceeding 100,000. The next-largest cities are Rundu and Walvis Bay, with about 62,000 people each.

Namibia Demographics

Most Namibian people are of Bantu-speaking origin. The largest ethnic group is the Ovambo (49.8%), who live mostly in the north of the country and in towns throughout Namibia. Other ethnic groups include Kavango (9.3%), Damara (7.5%), Herero (7.5%), white (6.4%), Nama (4.8%) Caprivian (3.7%), San (2.9%), and Basters (2.5%).

The Khoisan (including the San and Nama) are descended from original inhabitants of Southern Africa. Namibia also has many descendants of Angolan refugees. There are two groups of mixed race people in Namibia: "Coloureds" (4.1%) and "Basters." Namibia also has a large Chinese minority.

Whites (Portuguese, British, German and Afrikaner) account for 6.4% of the population and make up the second-largest group of European ancestry in Sub-Saharan Africa. Most Namibian whites and most of the people of mixed race speak Afrikaans. A small amount of whites in the country are descendants of German colonial settlers.

Christians account for 80-90% of the population, while 10-20% have indigenous beliefs.

Namibia Population in 2017Source: Brian McMorrow

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

Namibia Population Growth

Namibia does not have a population growth rate as high as some neighboring countries, but it is growing steadily at 2% per year. This trend is expected continue for the next few years.

About Namibia

Official NameRepublic of Namibia
Languages SpokenNdonga, Herero, Tswana, German, Kwangali, Khoekhoe, Lozi, English, Afrikaans
BordersAGO, BWA, ZAF, ZMB
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude-2217
Currencies UsedNADZAR

Namibia Population Density

Namibia Population Clock

What is the population of Namibia (as of September 13, 2017)?2,570,715
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)2568569
Births Per Day40
Deaths Per Day10
Net Migrations Per Day -1
Net Change Per Day 29
Population Change Since January 1st7,395

Namibia Population Indicators

IndicatorValueWorld Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 28.525 births/thousand48
Crude Death Rate 6.974 deaths/thousand120
Crude Net Migration Rate -0.172 people/thousand80
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 65.355 years160
Male Life Expectancy 62.858 years160
Female Life Expectancy 67.674 years156
Total Fertility Rate 3.354 children/woman54
Net Reproduction Rate 1.526 surviving daughters/woman54
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.03 males per female160
Infant Mortality Rate 29.251 deaths/1,000 live births64
Under Five Mortality 35.887 deaths/thousand64
Mean Age at Childbearing 28.421 years134
Rate of Natural Increase 21.161 47
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 13.067 %156
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 14.188 %156
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 11.915 %157
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 31.492 %170
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 35.407 %177
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 27.888 %168
Crude Suicide Rate 2 suicides/thousand154
Median Age (Total) 21 years173
Median Age (Female) 21.7 years171
Median Age (Male) 20.2 years175

Namibia Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
20172,568,56948.74%51.26%32202.09%142
20152,458,83048.673%51.327%22262.22%142
20102,193,64348.52%51.48%22242.1%142
20052,027,02648.821%51.179%22231.32%144
20001,897,95349.148%50.852%22221.73%145
19951,654,21449.023%50.977%22193.04%145
19901,415,44748.87%51.13%12243.52%147
19851,149,38948.626%51.374%12243.87%149
19801,012,76148.877%51.123%12212.12%148
1975905,64649.422%50.579%12212.46%146
1970780,38649.392%50.608%02253.02%146
1965682,55349.361%50.639%02232.57%146
1960602,54549.367%50.633%02222.42%147
1955537,51949.443%50.557%02212.2%147
1950485,27449.66%50.34%02211.91%147

Namibia Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
20202,731,16548.825%51.175%32201.97%142
20253,002,49548.96%51.04%32231.79%139
20303,272,21749.092%50.908%32231.62%138
20353,539,28549.212%50.788%42201.49%138
20403,805,00249.32%50.68%42201.38%132
20454,067,57349.413%50.587%42201.26%132
20504,321,62749.487%50.513%52191.13%132
20554,560,45849.539%50.461%52200.99%132
20604,780,41249.568%50.432%52200.86%130
20654,979,11549.576%50.424%62180.74%130
20705,155,75749.566%50.434%62180.63%130
20755,309,47549.551%50.449%62180.52%130
20805,439,71049.532%50.468%62180.43%128
20855,546,58449.513%50.487%62180.34%127
20905,630,53149.488%50.512%62180.25%127
20955,691,74449.458%50.542%62180.17%126
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations