Vietnam Population 2017


On the eastern tip of the Indo-China peninsula in south east Asia, Vietnam is one of the larger and more densely populated countries in the region. Confirmed population figures are hard to obtain, but an estimate puts the Vietnam population in 2014 at 92.5 million, up from the 2012 estimate of 91.5 million and this impressive figure would make the country the 14th most populous on the planet.

In comparison, Vietnam has a small surface area, and at 331,210 square kilometres (128,565 square miles), this is only the world’s 65th largest in terms of land mass alone.

Those two sets of figures would suggest a densely populated landscape and that is the case to an extent. For every square kilometre of land, there is an average of 280.6 people. That number converts to 723 per square mile and overall, this becomes the 46th most densely populated country on earth.

Vietnam Population History

In the absence of any confirmed figures from within the country itself, it is necessary to turn to UN estimates to gauge how the population of Vietnam has been developing over the years.

Back in 1950, the organisation claimed that there were 28,264,000 people living here and just five years later in 1955, those numbers had swelled significantly to 31,329,000.

Further consistent growth followed, even through the long years of the Vietnam War which you may have been forgiven for thinking would have had some form of impact on the population of Vietnam. In fact, growth continued at a similar level throughout the second half of the 1900’s and has continued further to the point where the Vietnam population of 2014 stands at just short of 93 million.

Vietnam Demographics

The CIA World Factbook has also produced some interesting figures in relation to life expectancy and these stand at relatively healthy levels. The organisation claims that in 2011, those figures stood at 71.33 years overall, which could be divided between males at 68.52 years and females at 74.33 years.

This is arguably one of the most diverse countries on earth when it comes to ethnicity splits and in fact, the Vietnamese government recognises no less than 54 ethnic groups within the country. The list is therefore far too numerous to replicate in full but the Kinh group are by far the most numerous and account for over 87% of the overall population of Vietnam.

Vietnam Population in 2017Source: Diego Delso

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

Vietnam Population Growth

For a country with such a turbulent past, Vietnam’s population statistics have been largely unremarkable throughout the country’s history. The next major milestone is 100 million inhabitants and it will be fascinating to see how long it takes for Vietnam to push through this landmark.

About Vietnam

Official NameSocialist Republic of Vietnam
Languages SpokenVietnamese
BordersKHM, CHN, LAO
Is LandlockedNo
Currencies UsedVND

Vietnam Population Density

Name Population
Thanh Pho Ba Ria
Lai Chau
Gia Nghia
Ap Tan Ngai8,887
Binh Long15,000
Duong GJong15,000
GJinh Van16,036
Dong Ha17,662
Bac Kan17,701
Vinh Yen17,876
Son La19,054
Don Luan23,978
Vi Thanh24,477
Ha Tinh27,728
Cat Ba30,000
Kwang Binh31,040
Thanh Pho Phu Ly31,801
Thanh Pho Ha Giang32,690
Hoi An32,757
Quang Ngai32,992
Thanh Pho Tuyen Quang36,430
Tay Ninh36,456
Lao Cai36,502
Thanh Pho Ninh Binh36,864
Ha Tien40,000
Hung Yen40,273
Dien Bien Phu40,282
Son Tay40,636
Thanh Pho Cao Bang41,112
Bac Ninh43,564
Kon Tum47,409
Phu Khuong47,966
Ha Dong50,877
Thanh Pho Thai Binh53,071
Bac Giang53,728
Bim Son53,754
Can Gio55,137
Thanh Pho Lang Son55,981
Tra Vinh57,408
Thanh Pho Hai Duong58,030
Tam Ky59,000
Ben Tre59,442
Cao Lanh63,770
Thanh Pho Uong Bi63,829
Tan An64,801
Tuy Hoa69,596
Cho Dok70,239
Mong Cai72,960
Cu Chi75,000
Thu Dau Mot91,009
Phan Rang-Thap Cham91,520
Viet Tri93,475
Song Cau94,066
Yen Bai96,540
Vinh Long103,314
Thanh Pho Hoa Binh105,260
Yen Vinh107,082
Thanh pho Bac Lieu107,911
Ca Mau111,894
Thanh Hoa112,473
Soc Trang114,453
My Tho122,310
Thanh Pho Thai Nguyen133,877
Cam Pha Mines135,477
Sa Pa138,622
Cam Ranh146,771
Buon Ma Thuot146,975
Thanh Pho Ha Long148,066
Bao Loc151,915
Can Giuoc152,200
Long Xuyen158,153
La Gi160,652
Phan Thiet160,652
Thanh Pho Nam Dinh193,499
Da Lat197,000
Vung Tau209,683
Qui Nhon210,338
Rach Gia228,356
Can Tho259,598
Nha Trang283,441
Bien Hoa407,208
Da Nang752,493
Ho Chi Minh City3,467,331

Vietnam Population Clock

What is the population of Vietnam (as of 10/16/2017)?95,461,620
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)95,414,640
Births Per Day854
Deaths Per Day309
Net Migrations Per Day -110
Net Change Per Day 435
Population Change Since January 1st125,715

Vietnam Population Indicators

Crude Birth Rate 16.37 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 5.918 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate -0.418 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 76.225 years
Male Life Expectancy 71.579 years
Female Life Expectancy 80.776 years
Total Fertility Rate 1.954 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 0.905 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.097 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 17.392 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 21.879 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 26.99 years
Rate of Natural Increase 10.249
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 5.598%
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 7.473%
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 3.626%
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 14.684%
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 20.416%
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 8.715%
Median Age (Total) 30.1 years
Median Age (Female) 31.2 years
Median Age (Male) 28.9 years

Vietnam Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate

Vietnam Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations