Serbia Population 2017

8,784,916

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.

Serbia Population in 2018Source: Vlada Marinkovic

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

Serbia Population Growth

Serbia has been struggling to overcome its population decline, even turning to singles nights, generous maternity leave and cash bonuses for new parents in some towns. Despite its best efforts, Serbia has been unable to reverse this trend, and its population is expected to continue its downward movement for many years.

About Serbia

Official NameRepublic of Serbia
Languages SpokenSerbian
BordersBIH, BGR, HRV, HUN, KOS, MKD, MNE, ROU
Is LandlockedYes
Latitude/Longitude4421
Currencies UsedRSD

Serbia Population Density

Name Population
Belgrade1,273,651
Nis250,000
Novi Sad215,400
Zemun155,591
Kragujevac147,473
Cacak117,072
Subotica100,000
Leskovac94,758
Novi Pazar85,996
Kraljevo82,846
Zrenjanin79,773
Pancevo76,654
Krusevac75,256
Uzice63,577
Smederevo62,000
Valjevo61,035
Vranje56,199
Sabac55,114
Zajecar49,800
Trstenik49,043
Sombor48,454
Kikinda41,935
Pozarevac41,736
Pirot40,678
Bor39,387
Sremska Mitrovica39,084
Vrsac36,300
Jagodina35,589
Ruma32,229
Backa Palanka29,449
Prokuplje27,673
Smederevska Palanka27,000
Ingija26,247
Vrbas25,907
Becej25,774
Knjazevac25,000
Arangelovac24,309
Gornji Milanovac23,982
Lazarevac23,551
Sremcica23,000
Cuprija20,585
Senta20,302
Apatin18,320
Negotin17,612
Obrenovac16,821
Stara Pazova16,217
Backa Topola16,154
Nova Pazova15,488
Kovin14,250
Petrovaradin13,917
Surcin12,575
Bela Crkva10,675
Veternik10,226
Vrnjacka Banja10,207
Kanjiza10,200
Majdanpek10,071
Curug9,231
Backo Petrovo Selo8,959
Sremski Karlovci8,839
Bajina Basta8,533
Zabalj8,503
Novi Knezevac8,166
Mol7,950
Novo Milosevo7,805
Melenci7,685
Dobanovci7,592
Lapovo7,422
Kovacica7,357
Backi Petrovac7,229
Bogatic7,225
Arilje6,762
Mokrin6,567
Debeljaca6,413
Beska6,377
Padina6,367
Banatski Karlovac6,319
Titel6,227
Paracin6,000
Sonta5,991
Badovinci5,879
Backo Gradiste5,764
Umka5,618
Stanisic5,476
Srpska Crnja5,467
Coka5,414
Crepaja5,369
Zvecka5,321
Ecka5,293
Kovilj5,279
Vladimirovac5,106
Baric5,033
Prigrevica5,026
Celarevo5,017

Serbia Population Clock

What is the population of Serbia (as of 11/15/2017)?8,784,916
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)8,790,574
Births Per Day49
Deaths Per Day63
Net Migrations Per Day -27
Net Change Per Day -41
Population Change Since January 1st-13,079

Serbia Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 10.203 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 13.054 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate -1.141 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 75.317 years
Male Life Expectancy 72.504 years
Female Life Expectancy 78.151 years
Total Fertility Rate 1.59 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 0.767 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.052 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 8.437 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 10.05 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 29.725 years
Rate of Natural Increase -2.907
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 2.821%
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 3.655%
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 1.939%
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 12.19%
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 15.875%
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 8.454%
Median Age (Total) 42.3 years
Median Age (Female) 44 years
Median Age (Male) 40.7 years

Serbia Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
20178,790,57448.86%51.14%99-0.34%
20158,851,28048.87%51.13%100-0.40%
20109,029,71648.91%51.09%102-0.41%
20059,214,98648.89%51.11%104-0.58%
20009,487,61549.07%50.93%107-0.82%
19959,884,14749.28%50.72%1120.76%
19909,517,67449.36%50.64%1080.56%
19859,253,40549.43%50.57%1050.76%
19808,908,29349.44%50.56%1010.95%
19758,497,17049.46%50.54%960.91%
19708,119,86049.43%50.57%920.72%
19657,835,08249.37%50.63%890.73%
19607,556,72549.20%50.81%860.87%
19557,234,92248.95%51.05%821.45%
19506,732,25648.57%51.43%760.00%

Serbia Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
20208,703,94248.86%51.14%990.00%
20258,541,29348.85%51.15%97-0.38%
20308,355,44548.83%51.17%95-0.44%
20358,143,97248.84%51.16%92-0.51%
20407,912,82448.89%51.11%90-0.57%
20457,676,52248.99%51.01%87-0.60%
20507,447,02349.12%50.88%84-0.61%
20557,226,28249.24%50.76%82-0.60%
20607,006,90749.36%50.64%79-0.61%
20656,785,10849.50%50.50%77-0.64%
20706,563,75149.65%50.35%74-0.66%
20756,348,61249.81%50.19%72-0.66%
20806,144,37249.95%50.05%70-0.65%
20855,954,45950.08%49.92%67-0.63%
20905,778,63350.19%49.81%65-0.60%
20955,615,48550.28%49.72%64-0.57%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. GeoNames Gazetteer