Serbia Population 2017
Serbia sits between Central and Southeast Europe. Its capital, Belgrade, is one of the oldest cities in Europe and one of the largest in all of Southeast Europe. The 2017 population is estimated at 8.79 million. This excludes Kosovo, which has a long-running dispute with Serbia and declared itself independent in 2008.
The last official census was conducted in 2011 and excluded Kosovo, which held its own census placing its population at 1.73 million. Serbia itself has been in demographic crisis since the early 1990's with a death rate that still exceeds its birth rate. Serbia, along with Bulgaria, has one of the most negative population growth rates in the world, with one of the lowest fertility rates (just 1.44 children per woman). 1/5 of all households consist of just one person and Serbia has among the 10 oldest populations in the world.
Serbia had the largest refugee population in Europe just twenty years ago, accounting for 7.5% of its population. 300,000 people left the country in the 90's, one-fifth of which had a higher education.
Serbs make up the largest ethnic group in Serbia with 83% of the population, followed by Hungarians (3.5%). There are about 450,000 Romas in the country and 145,000 Bosniaks. Other minorities include Croats, Slovaks, Albanians, Romanians and Bulgarians.
Serbia has only one city with a population over 1 million: Belgrade, the capital, has about 1.2 million people (1.65 in the metro area), with the second largest city of Novi Sad having a population of just 277,000.