Tunisia Population 2018

11,681,254

Tunisia, officially the Tunisian Republic, is the northernmost country of Africa and the smallest country in the Maghreb region of North Africa. It is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, Libya and Algeria. The estimated 2018 population of Tunisia is 11.66 million, which ranks 80th in the world.

Tunisia's estimated population is 11.66 million, compared to 9.56 million in 2000. Tunisia is not densely populated, with just 63 people per square kilometer (163/sq mi), which ranks 133rd in the world. The capital and largest city is Tunis, with a population of just over one million. This is followed closely by Sfax with a population of 945,000. Other major cities include Tunis, Sfax, and Sousse.

Tunisia Demographics

Tunisia is mostly made up of people from distinct and mixed Berber and Arab descent. About 98% of the population identifies as Arabs, while just 1% are purely Berber and live in the Dahar mountains and the island of Djerba.

Between the late 19th century and through the 1950's, Tunisia had large populations of French and Italians, who combined made up 255,000 in 1956. Virtually all of the Europeans and the Jewish population left after the country gained independence. There was a history of Jews in the region going back 2,000 years. While the 1948 Jewish population was over 105,000, it was reduced to just 1,500 by 2003.

The Berbers are the first known inhabitants of the region, although today's Tunisia reflects many civilizations who have invaded, migrated to and been assimilated into the population over the last thousand years.

98% of the population are Muslims with 2% Christian, Judaism and other religions.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 3 minutes
One death every 7 minutes
One net migrant every 131 minutes
Net gain of one person every 4 minutes

Tunisia Population in 2018Source: By Youssefbensaad [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

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

Tunisia Population Growth

Unlike many neighboring countries, Tunisia's government as implemented a very successful family planning program that has reduced the growth rate to just over 1% per year.

About Tunisia

Official NameTunisian Republic
Languages SpokenArabic
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude349
Currencies UsedTunisia Dinar
DemonymTunisian

Countries Bordering Tunisia

Algeria
Libya

Tunisia Population Density

Tunisia Top 20 Cities by Population

Name Population
Tunis693,210
Sfax277,278
Sousse164,123
Midoun120,000
Kairouan119,794
Bizerte115,268
Gabes110,075
Ariana97,687
Kasserine81,987
Gafsa81,232
La Goulette79,795
Zarzis79,316
Ben Arous74,932
Monastir71,546
La Mohammedia66,593
Al Marsa65,640
Msaken64,563
Skanes64,222
Houmt Souk62,583
Tataouine62,577

Tunisia Population Clock

The population of Tunisia (as of 9/2/2018)?11,681,254
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2018)11,659,174
Births Per Day556
Deaths Per Day200
Net Migrations Per Day -11
Net Change Per Day 345
Population Change Since January 1st84,525

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Estimate as of September 2nd 2018 is: 11,680,576

Tunisia Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
201811,659,17449.41%50.59%71.26781.10%
201711,532,12749.40%50.60%70.49781.13%
201611,403,24849.40%50.60%69.70791.15%
201511,273,66149.41%50.59%68.91801.16%
201010,639,93149.59%50.41%65.03801.04%
200510,102,48249.80%50.20%61.75790.82%
20009,699,19750.17%49.83%59.28801.25%
19959,113,97550.36%49.64%55.71802.05%
19908,232,79750.28%49.72%50.32802.37%
19857,321,87650.19%49.81%44.75802.83%
19806,368,16750.26%49.74%38.92802.41%
19755,652,47650.28%49.72%34.55822.24%
19705,060,39750.15%49.85%30.93822.17%
19654,545,33950.22%49.78%27.78821.71%
19604,176,26649.86%50.14%25.53811.15%
19553,943,52849.76%50.24%24.10791.81%
19503,605,30649.67%50.33%22.04780.00%

Tunisia Population by Year (Projections)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
202011,903,13649.43%50.57%72.75800.00%
202512,431,56749.43%50.57%75.98800.87%
203012,841,61549.43%50.57%78.49810.65%
203513,161,03349.43%50.57%80.44810.49%
204013,434,54149.43%50.57%82.11820.41%
204513,681,10449.47%50.53%83.62840.36%
205013,883,99649.55%50.45%84.86850.29%
205514,015,35749.67%50.33%85.66860.19%
206014,063,52049.81%50.19%85.96870.07%
206514,043,26049.97%50.03%85.8390-0.03%
207013,980,51350.14%49.86%85.4591-0.09%
207513,897,52650.30%49.70%84.9491-0.12%
208013,805,37950.44%49.56%84.3891-0.13%
208513,706,99650.54%49.46%83.7893-0.14%
209013,598,73050.60%49.40%83.1293-0.16%
209513,471,81650.62%49.38%82.3494-0.19%
Data Sources
  1. National Statistics Institute
  2. National Statistics Institute
  3. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the 1956, 1966, 1975, 1984, 1994, 2004 and 2014 censuses, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration.

  4. GeoNames Gazetteer