Namibia Population 2019

2,506,930

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 quite actually border Zimbabwe, but the distance between the two countries is just the width of a 200-meter-wide riverbed at the closest point. In 2019, Namibia has an estimated population of 2.49 million, which ranks 143rd in the world.

Population Growth and Population Density

Namibia's population is estimated at 2.49 million, compared to 2.1 million in 2011.

Namibia is one of the least densely populated countries in the world with just 3.13 people per square kilometer, which ranks 226th worldwide. The only sovereign country that is less densely populated is Mongolia with 2 people per square kilometers.

The largest city and capital is Windhoek, with a population of about 268,000. This is the only city with a population exceeding 100,000. The next-largest cities are Rundu and Walvis Bay, with about 55,000 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.

In terms of religions among the population, Christians account for 80-90 (approximately 50% of this is Lutheran) of the population, while 10-20% have indigenous beliefs.

The median age of the Namibian population is at 21.2 years, with a life expectancy of 64 years overall. The current fertility rate as of 2018 is 3.29 children per woman with a maternal mean age of 21.5 years at the time of first birth. The infant mortality rate is at 35.1 deaths per 1,000 live births, ranking 55th in the world as of 2017.

Quality of Life in Namibia

91% of the population has access to clean drinking water overall while 65% of the population struggles to gain access to improved sanitation facilities. This contributes to a high risk of disease and illness in the area.

Literacy ability is currently estimated to be at 81.9% of the total population over the age of 15 years.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 8 minutes
One death every 26 minutes
One net migrant every 111 minutes
Net gain of one person every 12 minutes

Namibia Population in 2018Source: By Brian McMorrow (Pbase gallery) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

Namibia Population Pyramid 2019

Namibia Population by Age

There are 1,428,219 adults in Namibia.

Census Years

Year Date
2021August 2021
201110 September 2011
200128 August 2001
199121 October 1991

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.

Official NameRepublic of Namibia
Languages SpokenAfrikaans, German, English, Herero, Khoekhoe, Kwangali, Lozi, Ndonga, Tswana
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude-22, 17
Currencies UsedNamibia Dollar, South Africa Rand
DemonymNamibian
BordersAngola
Botswana
South Africa
Zambia
Name Population Location
Windhoek268,132Map
Rundu58,172Map
Walvis Bay52,058Map
Oshakati33,618Map
Swakopmund25,047Map
Katima Mulilo25,027Map
Grootfontein24,099Map
Rehoboth21,377Map
Katutura21,243Map
Otjiwarongo21,224Map
Okahandja20,879Map
Gobabis16,321Map
Keetmanshoop15,608Map
Luderitz15,137Map
Mariental13,380Map
Tsumeb12,190Map
Khorixas12,021Map
Omaruru11,547Map
Bethanie10,363Map
Ongwediva9,654Map

Namibia Population Clock

The population of Namibia (as of 10/8/2019)?2,506,930
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2019)2,494,530
Births Per Day192
Deaths Per Day55
Net Migrations Per Day-13
Net Change Per Day124
Population Change Since January 1st34,844

Namibia Population Estimator

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Estimate as of October 8th 2019 is: 2,507,108

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20192,494,53048.46%51.54%3.021431.89%
20182,448,30148.45%51.55%2.971431.90%
20172,402,63348.43%51.57%2.911431.89%
20162,358,04448.42%51.58%2.861431.86%
20152,314,90448.40%51.60%2.801431.79%
20102,118,87448.33%51.67%2.571421.80%
20051,938,32048.24%51.76%2.351461.55%
20001,794,57148.22%51.78%2.171461.97%
19951,627,86548.24%51.76%1.971452.58%
19901,432,90548.16%51.84%1.741473.64%
19851,198,14847.93%52.07%1.451472.52%
19801,057,72748.27%51.73%1.281472.22%
1975947,92148.98%51.02%1.151463.01%
1970817,46949.06%50.94%0.991462.67%
1965716,58449.10%50.90%0.871462.47%
1960634,14249.17%50.83%0.771462.23%
1955567,84749.34%50.66%0.691472.00%
1950514,38449.66%50.34%0.621450.00%
Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20202,540,90548.47%51.53%3.081430.00%
20252,774,20048.53%51.47%3.361431.77%
20303,010,87148.57%51.43%3.651401.65%
20353,252,23548.60%51.40%3.941381.55%
20403,496,97048.62%51.38%4.241381.46%
20453,741,83148.61%51.39%4.531341.36%
20503,981,13048.59%51.41%4.821331.25%
20554,205,40348.55%51.45%5.091331.10%
20604,410,21748.50%51.50%5.341330.96%
20654,596,96748.44%51.56%5.571320.83%
20704,764,67548.39%51.61%5.771320.72%
20754,914,54048.34%51.66%5.951320.62%
20805,046,74648.30%51.70%6.111330.53%
20855,158,79348.26%51.74%6.251320.44%
20905,250,46648.23%51.77%6.361310.35%
20955,321,82548.20%51.80%6.451290.27%
  1. Namibia Statistics Authority (NSA)
  2. World Population Prospects (2019 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the 1991, 2001 and 2011 censuses adjusted for underenumeration, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration.

  3. GeoNames Gazetteer