Namibia Population 2017

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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 2017 Source: 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.

Namibia Population Density

About Namibia

Official Name Republic of Namibia
Languages Spoken German, Afrikaans, Ndonga, Herero, Kwangali, English, Lozi, Khoekhoe, Tswana
Borders AGO, BWA, ZAF, ZMB
Is Landlocked No
Latitude/Longitude -22,17
Currencies Used NAD, ZAR

Namibia Population Clock

What is the population of Namibia (as of [[date]])? [[getCurrentPopulation()]]
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017) [[getLastEstimate()]]
Births Per Day 40
Deaths Per Day 10
Net Migrations Per Day -1
Net Change Per Day 29
Population Change Since January 1st [[getPopChangeThisYear()]]
  • Net [[getIncreaseOrDecrease()]] of 1 person every [[getDurationPerPerson()]]

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

Namibia Population Indicators

Indicator Value World Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 28.525 births/thousand 48th
Crude Death Rate 6.974 deaths/thousand 120th
Crude Net Migration Rate -0.172 people/thousand 80th
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 65.355 years 160th
Life Expectancy (Male) 62.858 years 160th
Life Expectancy (Female) 67.674 years 156th
Total Fertility Rate 3.354 children/woman 54th
Net Reproduction Rate 1.526 surviving daughters/woman 54th
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.03 males per female 160th
Infant Mortality Rate 29.251 deaths/1,000 live births 64th
Under Five Mortality 35.887 deaths/thousand 64th
Mean Age at Childbearing 28.421 years 134th
Rate of Natural Increase 21.161 47th
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 13.067% 156th
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 14.188% 156th
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 11.915% 157th
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 31.492% 156th
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 35.407% 156th
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 27.888% 157th
Crude Suicide Rate 2 suicides/thousand 154th
Median Age (Total) 21 years 173rd
Median Age (Female) 21.7 years 171st
Median Age (Male) 20.2 years 175th

Namibia Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2017 2,568,569 48.74% 51.26% 3 220 2.09% 142
2015 2,458,830 48.673% 51.327% 2 226 2.22% 142
2010 2,193,643 48.52% 51.48% 2 224 2.1% 142
2005 2,027,026 48.821% 51.179% 2 223 1.32% 144
2000 1,897,953 49.148% 50.852% 2 222 1.73% 145
1995 1,654,214 49.023% 50.977% 2 219 3.04% 145
1990 1,415,447 48.87% 51.13% 1 224 3.52% 147
1985 1,149,389 48.626% 51.374% 1 224 3.87% 149
1980 1,012,761 48.877% 51.123% 1 221 2.12% 148
1975 905,646 49.422% 50.579% 1 221 2.46% 146
1970 780,386 49.392% 50.608% 225 3.02% 146
1965 682,553 49.361% 50.639% 223 2.57% 146
1960 602,545 49.367% 50.633% 222 2.42% 147
1955 537,519 49.443% 50.557% 221 2.2% 147
1950 485,274 49.66% 50.34% 221 1.91% 147

Namibia Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020 2,731,165 48.825% 51.175% 3 220 1.97% 142
2025 3,002,495 48.96% 51.04% 3 223 1.79% 139
2030 3,272,217 49.092% 50.908% 3 223 1.62% 138
2035 3,539,285 49.212% 50.788% 4 220 1.49% 138
2040 3,805,002 49.32% 50.68% 4 220 1.38% 132
2045 4,067,573 49.413% 50.587% 4 220 1.26% 132
2050 4,321,627 49.487% 50.513% 5 219 1.13% 132
2055 4,560,458 49.539% 50.461% 5 220 0.99% 132
2060 4,780,412 49.568% 50.432% 5 220 0.86% 130
2065 4,979,115 49.576% 50.424% 6 218 0.74% 130
2070 5,155,757 49.566% 50.434% 6 218 0.63% 130
2075 5,309,475 49.551% 50.449% 6 218 0.52% 130
2080 5,439,710 49.532% 50.468% 6 218 0.43% 128
2085 5,546,584 49.513% 50.487% 6 218 0.34% 127
2090 5,630,531 49.488% 50.512% 6 218 0.25% 127
2095 5,691,744 49.458% 50.542% 6 218 0.17% 126
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations