Republic of the Congo Population 2018

5,451,439

The Republic of the Congo (also called the Congo Republic or Congo-Brazzaville) is located in Central Africa and bordered by the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon and Gabon. In 2018, the estimated population of the Congo Republic is 5.40 million, which ranks 123rd in the world.

The Republic of the Congo's population is actually rather sparse with a population density of just 13 people per square kilometer (33/sq mi), which ranks 204th in the world. This means that even though the country's estimated 2018 population of 5.40 million ranks 123rd in the world, it still has substantial room to grow.

The Congo Republic's population is concentrated in the southwestern area of the country with large amounts of tropical jungle nearly uninhabited. This makes Congo one of the most urbanized countries in Africa with 70% of the population living in the urban areas of Brazzaville, Pointe-Noire and the small cities between the two cities.

Brazzaville is the capital and largest city of the Congo Republic with about 1.38 million people in the city proper and a metro population of more than 2 million. Kinshasa (pop: 10 million), the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is directly across the Congo River from Brazzaville.

Republic of the Congo Demographics

The Congo Republic has a very ethnically diverse population. There are 62 spoken languages. The Kongo represent the largest ethnic group at about 48% of the population, with subgroups that include the Laari of Brazzaville and Pool and the Vili of Pointe-Noire. The second-largest ethnic group is the Sangha (20%) in the northern part of the country, followed by the Teke people (17%) who live north of Brazzaville. The Boulangui of the northwest and Brazzaville account for 12% of the total population, while the Pygmies make up 2%.

Prior to the war in 1997, there were 9,000 Europeans and non-Africans in the country, but most have left. There are also about 300 American expatriates in the Congo.

About 50% of the population is either Catholic or Protestant, while followers of Islam account for just 2% of the population.

A large percentage of the Congo's population remains undernourished and the HIV rate stands at 3.4%.

Republic of the Congo Population Growth

The Congo Republic has a very high fertility rate at 5.1 children born per woman, with a fertility rate of 6.5 in rural regions. The country's population is currently growing at a rate of nearly 3% per year, which is expected to continue for the next decade.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 3 minutes
One death every 14 minutes
One net migrant every 131 minutes
Net gain of one person every 4 minutes

Republic of the Congo Population in 2018Source: By Jomako [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

About Republic of the Congo

Official NameRepublic of the Congo
Languages SpokenFrench, Kikongo, Lingala
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude-115
Currencies UsedCommunauté Financière Africaine (BEAC) CFA Franc BEAC
DemonymCongolese

Countries Bordering Republic of the Congo

Angola
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Dr Congo
Gabon

Republic of the Congo Population Density

Republic of the Congo Top 20 Cities by Population

Name Population
Brazzaville1,284,609
Pointe-Noire659,084
Dolisie103,894
Kayes58,737
Owando23,952
Ouesso23,915
Loandjili23,204
Madingou22,760
Gamboma20,877
Impfondo20,859
Sibiti19,089
Mossendjo18,231
Kinkala13,882
Makoua11,355
Djambala9,650
Ewo4,923
Loango

Republic of the Congo Population Clock

The population of Republic of the Congo (as of 11/13/2018)?5,451,439
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2018)5,399,895
Births Per Day493
Deaths Per Day103
Net Migrations Per Day -11
Net Change Per Day 379
Population Change Since January 1st120,143

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Estimate as of November 13th 2018 is: 5,452,527

Republic of the Congo Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20185,399,89550.02%49.98%15.791182.64%
20175,260,75050.02%49.98%15.381192.63%
20165,125,82150.02%49.98%14.991192.61%
20154,995,64850.02%49.98%14.611192.63%
20104,386,69350.01%49.99%12.831223.36%
20053,718,24349.97%50.03%10.871292.88%
20003,225,72749.93%50.07%9.431302.88%
19952,799,25549.88%50.12%8.181322.78%
19902,440,45749.87%50.13%7.141342.78%
19852,127,77049.85%50.15%6.221362.95%
19801,839,93549.81%50.19%5.381372.96%
19751,590,03949.76%50.24%4.651383.10%
19701,364,81249.71%50.29%3.991382.88%
19651,184,31649.67%50.33%3.461392.69%
19601,037,22049.62%50.38%3.031392.42%
1955920,21849.54%50.46%2.691392.15%
1950827,25249.42%50.58%2.421390.00%

Republic of the Congo Population by Year (Projections)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20205,686,91750.02%49.98%16.631160.00%
20256,455,37350.02%49.98%18.881122.57%
20307,318,88750.01%49.99%21.401082.54%
20358,276,84549.99%50.01%24.201042.49%
20409,308,62849.97%50.03%27.221002.38%
204510,388,94549.95%50.05%30.38962.22%
205011,509,65149.92%50.08%33.65942.07%
205512,675,15149.90%50.10%37.06921.95%
206013,885,67949.89%50.11%40.60881.84%
206515,134,95849.87%50.13%44.25841.74%
207016,404,43549.86%50.14%47.97831.62%
207517,675,54049.85%50.15%51.68801.50%
208018,934,17549.83%50.17%55.36771.39%
208520,165,95249.81%50.19%58.96761.27%
209021,360,80249.79%50.21%62.46761.16%
209522,500,48749.77%50.23%65.79751.05%
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