Bhutan Population 2020 (Live)

774,874
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Bhutan has not carried out an official census since 2005, although it's population is estimated to have growth rather significantly. It is currently projected that Bhutan will exceed 800,000 people by 2020 and hit nearly 900,000 by 2030. This is a far cry from its 1991 population of 1.37 million.

The current population of Bhutan is 774,874, based on projections of the latest United Nations data. The UN estimates the July 1, 2020 population at 771,608.

Bhutan Growth Rate

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Bhutan Population 2020 (Live)

Name Population
Thimphu98,676
Punakha21,500
Tsirang18,667
Phuntsholing17,043
Pemagatshel13,864
Sarpang10,416
Samdrup Jongkhar7,507
Wangdue Phodrang7,507
Samtse5,479
Jakar4,829

Bhutan Population Density Map

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
2020771,6081.12%20.24165193
2019763,0921.15%20.02165193
2018754,3881.18%19.79165193
2017745,5631.20%19.56165194
2016736,7081.21%19.33165194
2015727,8761.21%19.10165194
2010685,5031.11%17.98165194
2005648,7391.88%17.02164191
2000591,0212.03%15.51165191
1995534,6200.14%14.03163191
1990530,8042.71%13.93162190
1985464,2662.67%12.18161191
1980406,8753.15%10.67161192
1975348,3963.22%9.14163192
1970297,3163.20%7.80166193
1965253,9942.61%6.66166192
1960223,2882.49%5.86167193
1955197,4572.23%5.18166193
1950176,7970.00%4.64168193

Bhutan Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
2020771,6081.12%20.24165193
2025810,5400.99%21.26164195
2030842,6700.78%22.11165196
2035867,3750.58%22.76165198
2040885,1550.41%23.22165199
2045897,3870.27%23.54166201
2050904,6160.16%23.73166200
2055906,1610.03%23.77166199
2060900,941-0.11%23.64166200
2065888,642-0.27%23.31167201
2070869,606-0.43%22.81167201
2075844,972-0.57%22.17168202
2080816,216-0.69%21.41169202
2085784,871-0.78%20.59170205
2090752,083-0.85%19.73170206
2095719,001-0.90%18.86171207

Bhutan Population by Year (Projections)

Bhutan Population Pyramid 2020

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Bhutan Median Age

27.6


Total

28.2


Male

27.1


Female

Bhutan Population by Age

There are 527,849 adults in Bhutan.

Bhutan Population Pyramid

Bhutan is a landlocked country in South Asia at the end of the Himalayas. Bhutan is bordered by India to the west, south and east and China to the north. The last census in the country was carried out in 2005 showing a population of 634,900, which is about half the population of 1.37 million in 1991. Bhutan's population density is 18 people per square kilometer, which is one of the lowest population densities in the world.

The capital and largest city is Thimphu, with a population of 80,000 and a metro population of 115,000.

Bhutan Demographics

Most Bhutanese people belong to the Ngalops and Sharchops, or Western Bhutanese and Eastern Bhutanese. The Lhotshampa, or southerners, are a group primarily of Nepali descent. In 1988, this group accounted for 45% of the population and it included migrants who fought a war with Bhutan over rights to language and dress. Since then, there has been mass emigration, some of which was forced, that caused hundreds of thousands to leave Bhutan as stateless people in refugee camps. An additional 15% of the population is indigenous or from migrant tribes.

In 2006, Business Week ranked Bhutan as the happiest country in Asia and the 8th happiest in the world. Bhutan has a literacy rate of 60% with a median age of 25 years old.

75% of the population is Buddhist, most of which follow Vajrayana Buddhism, the state religion. 22% are Hindu, followed by 2% folk religion and 1% other religions.

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