Namibia Population 2017

2,537,796

Namibia, officially the Republic of Namibia, is a country in southern Africa named for the Namib Desert that is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Angola, Zambia, Botswana, and South Africa. It does not border Zimbabwe, but the distance between the two countries is a 200-meter-wide riverbed at the closet point. In 2017, Namibia has an estimated population of 2.53 million.

Namibia's population is estimated at 2.53 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 2018Source: 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 SpokenTswana, Ndonga, Herero, English, German, Kwangali, Khoekhoe, Lozi, 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 11/15/2017)?2,537,796
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)2,533,794
Births Per Day40
Deaths Per Day10
Net Migrations Per Day -1
Net Change Per Day 29
Population Change Since January 1st9,251

Namibia Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 28.525 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 6.974 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate -0.172 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 65.355 years
Male Life Expectancy 62.858 years
Female Life Expectancy 67.674 years
Total Fertility Rate 3.354 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 1.526 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.03 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 29.251 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 35.887 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 28.421 years
Rate of Natural Increase 21.161
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 13.067%
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 14.188%
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 11.915%
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 31.492%
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 35.407%
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 27.888%
Median Age (Total) 21 years
Median Age (Female) 21.7 years
Median Age (Male) 20.2 years

Namibia Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
20172,533,79448.65%51.35%32.21%
20152,425,56148.60%51.40%32.22%
20102,173,17048.43%51.57%31.35%
20052,032,19648.60%51.41%21.36%
20001,899,25748.89%51.11%22.79%
19951,655,35948.80%51.20%23.19%
19901,414,69248.68%51.32%24.26%
19851,148,30248.42%51.58%12.55%
19801,012,67248.70%51.30%12.28%
1975904,83949.36%50.64%13.00%
1970780,38449.39%50.61%12.72%
1965682,55149.36%50.64%12.52%
1960602,54449.37%50.63%12.31%
1955537,51449.44%50.56%12.07%
1950485,27449.66%50.34%10.00%

Namibia Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
20202,696,53748.71%51.29%30.00%
20252,970,21448.83%51.17%41.95%
20303,245,65948.96%51.04%41.79%
20353,520,74049.09%50.91%41.64%
20403,796,31949.20%50.80%51.52%
20454,071,13749.30%50.70%51.41%
20504,339,49849.37%50.63%51.28%
20554,593,67049.42%50.58%61.14%
20604,827,64249.44%50.56%61.00%
20655,038,81849.45%50.55%60.86%
20705,225,30149.44%50.56%60.73%
20755,386,77249.43%50.57%70.61%
20805,523,64349.41%50.59%70.50%
20855,635,74649.40%50.60%70.40%
20905,724,36449.38%50.62%70.31%
20955,790,35549.36%50.64%70.23%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. GeoNames Gazetteer