Vietnam Population 2015

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, <a href="http://www.lonelyplanet.com/vietnam">Vietnam</a> 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 <a href="http://www.history.com/topics/vietnam-war">Vietnam War</a> 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 <a href="https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/">CIA World Factbook</a> 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 Clock
What is the population of Vietnam (as of [[date]])? [[getCurrentPopulation()]]
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2015) [[getLastEstimate()]]
Births Per Day 18,302
Deaths Per Day 7,698
Net Migrations Per Day -548
Net Change Per Day 10,056
Population Change Since January 1st [[getPopChangeThisYear()]]
  • Net [[getIncreaseOrDecrease()]] of 1 person every [[getDurationPerPerson()]]

  • Population estimated based on interpolation of World Population Prospects data.

Vietnam Population Indicators
Indicator Value World Ranking
Median (Average) Age 30.73 years 78th
Crude Birth Rate 14.031 births/thousand 127th
Crude Death Rate 5.902 deaths/thousand 145th
Crude Net Migration Rate -0.42 people/thousand 107th
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 76.62 years 60th
Life Expectancy (Male) 72.17 years 81st
Life Expectancy (Female) 80.91 years 47th
Total Fertility Rate 1.669 children/woman 153rd
Net Reproduction Rate 0.779 surviving daughters/woman 156th
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.085 males per female 7th
Infant Mortality Rate 12.577 deaths/1,000 live births 104th
Under Five Mortality 18.283 deaths/thousand 95th
Mean Age at Childbearing 27.024 years 172nd

Population Data via United Nations WPP

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.

Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations