Togo Population 2017
Togo is a rapidly growing country with an estimated population of 7 million, compared to 6.3 million in 2010. The population doubled between the 1981 and 2010 census. Togo is one of the smallest countries in Africa with 22,000 square miles of land. Togo is fairly densely populated with 126 per square kilometer (326/sq mi), or 93rd in the world.
The capital and largest city is Lome, with a population estimated at 845,000. The larger Lome area has 1.5 million residents. Other large cities include Sokode (120,000) and Kara (105,000).
There are around 40 ethnic groups in Togo. The largest is the Ewe in the south, who account for 32% of the population, or 21% of the population on the southern coastline. Other ethnic groups include the Kotokoli (Tem) and the Tchamba in the ceter of the country and the Kabye in the northern region (22%). The Ouatchis account for 14% of the population. While the Ewe and Ouatchi are often considered the same group, the French, who studied both, consider them separate people. Other smaller ethnic groups include the Mina, Mossi and Aja. The European population makes up less than 1% of Togo's population.
Starting in the 16th century, Togo and the surrounding area was known as "the Slave Coast" as it became a trading center for Europeans looking for slave.
About 29% of the population is Christian, 20% are Muslim and 50% practice indigenous beliefs. About 50% of Togo's people live below the international poverty line of $1.25 USD per day.