Nicaragua Population 2017

6,217,129

Nicaragua's population is 69% mestizo, 17% white, 5% Amerindian and 9% black and other races, although its demographics change with migration. 84% of the country's population lives in urban areas. 17% of the population is of European descent, with the largest ancestry groups being Spanish, German, Italian, English and French. The black population lives primarily on the Caribbean and Atlantic coast of the city and this community is mostly English-speaking Creoles descended from shipwrecked and escaped slaves.

Interestingly, Nicaragua is named for one of its indigenous peoples, the Nicarao, who were once present throughout the western area of the country with a culture and language similar to the Mayans. The indigenous population of Nicaragua has mostly assimilated into the country's mestizo majority.

The most populous city is the capital, Managua, which has a population of more than 2.2 million in the city proper and over 2.5 million in the metropolitan area.

Nicaragua Population in 2017Source: http://flickr.com/photos/oyaudi/

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

Nicaragua Population Growth

Nicaragua has one of the healthiest growth rates in the region, and its population is projected to grow to 6.6 million by 2020.

About Nicaragua

Official NameRepublic of Nicaragua
Languages SpokenSpanish
BordersCRI, HND
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude13-85
Currencies UsedNIO

Nicaragua Population Density

Name Population
Tisma5,182
Carlos Fonseca Amador5,219
Potosi5,222
El Ayote5,406
Belen5,415
San Rafael del Norte5,458
Santa Teresa5,789
Santo Domingo5,827
El Realejo6,208
Bonanza6,315
Posoltega6,403
Waspam6,403
Waslala6,498
Laguna de Perlas6,809
Nandasmo6,934
La Concepcion6,946
Wiwili6,955
Dolores7,065
Nindiri7,073
San Jorge7,158
Puerto Morazan7,671
Larreynaga7,703
Niquinohomo7,732
San Juan del Sur7,790
Villa Sandino7,799
Bocana de Paiwas7,872
Corn Island8,011
San Lorenzo8,694
Telica8,776
Diriomo10,113
Matiguas10,523
Acoyapa10,563
Condega11,000
El Sauce11,898
Ticuantepe13,209
Ciudad Dario13,318
San Carlos13,451
Quilali13,590
Santo Tomas14,809
Somotillo15,385
Siuna16,056
El Crucero16,469
Camoapa16,653
Rio Blanco17,018
Corinto19,183
Somoto20,316
Rama20,456
Nandaime20,810
Masatepe21,452
San Marcos23,347
La Paz Centro23,481
Jalapa24,037
Nagarote26,270
Boaco29,046
Jinotepe29,507
San Rafael del Sur29,836
Rivas30,293
Chichigalpa33,137
Puerto Cabezas33,635
Ocotal33,928
Diriamba35,008
Bluefields44,373
Jinotega51,073
Nueva Guinea52,929
El Viejo53,504
Juigalpa54,731
Ciudad Sandino70,013
Granada89,409
Esteli96,422
Matagalpa109,089
Chinandega126,387
Tipitapa127,153
Masaya130,113
Leon144,538
Managua973,087

Nicaragua Population Clock

What is the population of Nicaragua (as of September 13, 2017)?6,217,129
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)6217795
Births Per Day65
Deaths Per Day16
Net Migrations Per Day -58
Net Change Per Day -9
Population Change Since January 1st-2,295

Nicaragua Population Indicators

IndicatorValueWorld Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 19.107 births/thousand90
Crude Death Rate 4.764 deaths/thousand186
Crude Net Migration Rate -3.403 people/thousand171
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 75.768 years78
Male Life Expectancy 72.763 years84
Female Life Expectancy 78.688 years78
Total Fertility Rate 2.171 children/woman102
Net Reproduction Rate 1.023 surviving daughters/woman100
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.05 males per female87
Infant Mortality Rate 16.712 deaths/1,000 live births92
Under Five Mortality 19.663 deaths/thousand96
Mean Age at Childbearing 26.679 years190
Rate of Natural Increase 14.154 82
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 6.622 %119
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 8.774 %123
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 4.418 %116
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 16.17 %106
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 20.597 %108
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 11.902 %109
Crude Suicide Rate 9.1 suicides/thousand70
Median Age (Total) 25.2 years145
Median Age (Female) 26 years143
Median Age (Male) 24.3 years145

Nicaragua Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
20176,217,79549.303%50.697%511541.08%109
20156,082,03149.292%50.708%501531.11%110
20105,737,72249.268%50.732%471521.21%110
20055,379,32649.363%50.637%441521.31%109
20005,026,79249.477%50.523%411521.46%109
19954,612,22949.532%50.468%381521.9%111
19904,144,56449.593%50.407%341532.2%115
19853,709,09149.847%50.153%301542.34%112
19803,249,91050.055%49.945%271502.81%114
19752,796,74850.119%49.881%231523.08%119
19702,398,09550.007%49.993%191553.06%121
19652,062,63249.989%50.012%171552.99%123
19601,774,69649.909%50.091%141553.09%123
19551,508,02049.789%50.211%121573.29%125
19501,294,99349.723%50.277%101612.8%126

Nicaragua Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
20206,417,99049.315%50.685%531551.01%109
20256,736,10849.338%50.662%551560.9%109
20307,033,32949.368%50.632%581550.81%110
20357,306,26349.407%50.593%601550.68%112
20407,536,50149.462%50.538%621580.54%114
20457,722,81349.539%50.461%641560.41%113
20507,862,80449.64%50.36%651550.29%114
20557,958,28149.767%50.233%661550.17%113
20608,006,15649.903%50.097%661570.05%112
20658,006,94950.039%49.961%66158-0.07%112
20707,958,11150.158%49.842%66157-0.19%112
20757,863,43050.265%49.735%65158-0.3%112
20807,729,65550.348%49.652%64158-0.4%112
20857,567,10450.414%49.586%62161-0.46%114
20907,386,20450.454%49.546%61160-0.51%114
20957,194,11950.473%49.527%59162-0.55%114
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations