Cambodia Population 2020

16,662,717

Cambodia, formerly the Khmer Empire, is located at the southern region of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. Cambodia is currently the 71st most populous country in the world with an estimated 2020 population of 16.72 million, an increase from 2013's estimation of 14.9 million.

Cambodia Area and Population Density

Cambodia has an estimated population of 16.72 million, up from the official 2008 census population of 13.38 million. Cambodia has a population density of 212 people per square mile (82 people per square kilometer ), which ranks 118th in the world. The total surface area of Cambodia is at 181,035 square kilometers and located in the Southeastern Asian mainland on the Gulf of Thailand between Thailand and Vietnam.

Largest Cities in Cambodia

Only 20% of the people in Cambodia live in urban areas, and there aren't many large cities. The largest city is the capital city of Phnom Penh, with a population of 1.5 million, and 2.2 million in the metropolitan area. Phnom Penh is the country's economic and trade center and is presently growing at a faster rate than the city's resources allow for. The next largest city is Battambang, with a population approaching 200,000. There are a few other smaller cities in Cambodia with populations approaching 100,000 including Ta Khmau, Serei Saophoan, Siem Reap, and Kampong Cham.

Cambodia Demographics

The demographics of the country are very much influenced by the civil war and later genocide, and 50% of the population is under 22 years old. It also has the most female-biased sex ratio in the region.

There is some diversity evident in Cambodia, with an ethnic breakdown of the population currently at Khmer 97.6%, Cham 1.2%, Chinese 0.1%, Vietnamese 0.1%, and other races at 0.9% as estimated in 2013 by the World Factbook.

Khmer is the official language of Cambodia, coming in with 97% of the population using it on a regular basis, with other languages at only 3%.

Cambodia Religion, Economy and Politics

Over 95% of the population practices Theravada Buddhism, the official religion, with an estimated 4,400 monastery temples in the country. Islam is the main religion of the majority of Malay and Chams minorities in the country, while most Muslims are Sunnis. There are approximately 300,000 Muslims in Cambodia, with about 1% identified as Christian.

The quality of life in any nation is heavily influenced by numerous factors. These include healthcare, education, and cleanliness among a plethora of other available data. The current median age of the total population is 25.3 years of age, with a total life expectancy of 64.9 years of age. In the healthcare sector, 5.7% of the GDP is directed toward health resulting in a meager .14 physician density per 1,000 residents and a hospital bed availability of .8 beds per 1,000 individuals within Cambodia. There is a fairly high infant mortality rate within the nation. Only 75% of the country has improved access to drinking water and only 42% of the population has access to improved sanitation facilities as well.

Cambodia Population History

Cambodia became a protectorate of France in 1863, and the French maintain their hold until World War II when Japan occupies the country. When the war ended, the French presence was reimposed, and Cambodian communists began to fight against them for independence, which was eventually gained in 1953. By 1965, Cambodia sided with the Vietnamese against the United States, and the war was brought onto Cambodian soil. Their involvement in the war lasted until the late 1980s, by which point hundreds of thousands had become refugees.

Since 1955, Cambodia has tripled in population size. In 1955 the population was recorded to be 5,045,288. This jumped to 10,653,558 by 1995 and reached over 16 million by 2017.

Cambodia Population Growth

The rate of change in the population was all over the place during most of the 1900s, due to all of the wars and conflicts that the country was a part of, but things have stabilized considerably since the turn of the century with the growth rate remaining close to 1.5% annually. This rate of growth is pretty healthy and sustainable, increasing the population roughly a quarter-million per year.

Cambodia Population Projections

The consistency of the growth rate is expected to decrease somewhat in years to come. It is predicted that the growth rate will remain at 1.5% in 2020, but get down to less than 1% by 2035. According to current projections, the population in Cambodia will be 16,715,508 in 2020, 18,797,878 in 2030, 20,592,416 in 2040 and 22,019,028 in 2050.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 1 minutes
One death every 5 minutes
One net migrant every 18 minutes
Net gain of one person every 2 minutes

Cambodia Population in 2018Source: By sam garza (originally posted to Flickr as Angkor Wat) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Cambodia Population Pyramid 2020

Cambodia Population by Age

There are 10,490,275 adults in Cambodia.

Census Years

Year Date
20183 March 2018
20083 March 2008
19983 March 1998

Cambodia is currently experiencing a healthy 1.8% average population growth. By 2020, the country is expected to hit 16.9 million people.

Official NameKingdom of Cambodia
Languages SpokenKhmer
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude13.00, 105.00
Currencies UsedCambodia Riel
DemonymCambodian
BordersLaos
Thailand
Vietnam
Name Population Location
Phnom Penh1,573,544Map
Takeo843,931Map
Sihanoukville156,691Map
Battambang150,444Map
Siem Reap139,458Map
Paoy Paet79,000Map
Kampong Chhnang75,244Map
Kampong Cham61,750Map
Pursat52,476Map
Ta Khmau52,066Map
Phumi Veal Sre44,270Map
Kampong Speu33,231Map
Koh Kong33,134Map
Prey Veng33,079Map
Suong30,000Map
Smach Mean Chey29,329Map
Stung Treng25,000Map
Tbeng Meanchey24,380Map
Svay Rieng23,956Map
Sisophon23,218Map

Cambodia Population Clock

The population of Cambodia (as of 4/2/2020)?16,662,717
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2020)16,718,965
Births Per Day988
Deaths Per Day274
Net Migrations Per Day-82
Net Change Per Day632
Population Change Since January 1st58,776

Cambodia Population Estimator

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Estimate as of April 2nd 2020 is: 16,662,292

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
202016,718,96548.82%51.18%92.35711.41%
201916,486,54248.81%51.19%91.07701.46%
201816,249,79248.80%51.20%89.76701.50%
201716,009,40948.79%51.21%88.43701.54%
201615,766,29248.78%51.22%87.09701.58%
201515,521,43648.77%51.23%85.74701.64%
201014,312,21248.71%51.29%79.06691.52%
200513,273,35448.53%51.47%73.32661.78%
200012,155,23948.60%51.40%67.14642.67%
199510,656,13848.55%51.45%58.86673.49%
19908,975,59748.29%51.71%49.58753.07%
19857,714,88047.77%52.23%42.62782.88%
19806,693,76447.04%52.96%36.9779-2.31%
19757,524,44749.47%50.53%41.56691.47%
19706,996,57649.75%50.25%38.65671.59%
19656,467,19749.84%50.16%35.72672.48%
19605,722,37049.91%50.09%31.61672.55%
19555,045,28849.96%50.04%27.87672.62%
19504,432,71450.00%50.00%24.49710.00%
Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
202016,718,96548.82%51.18%92.35710.00%
202517,805,56548.87%51.13%98.35721.27%
203018,781,03348.89%51.11%103.74711.07%
203519,685,52748.91%51.09%108.74710.95%
204020,526,53048.92%51.08%113.38720.84%
204521,261,02748.91%51.09%117.44750.71%
205021,860,91948.88%51.12%120.76740.56%
205522,315,94248.83%51.17%123.27730.41%
206022,639,64548.77%51.23%125.06740.29%
206522,833,77748.72%51.28%126.13740.17%
207022,889,01748.68%51.32%126.43740.05%
207522,817,46148.65%51.35%126.0474-0.06%
208022,648,98948.64%51.36%125.1175-0.15%
208522,409,47548.65%51.35%123.7976-0.21%
209022,116,01148.65%51.35%122.1676-0.26%
209521,765,50948.66%51.34%120.2376-0.32%
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  2. World Population Prospects (2019 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the 1962, 1998 and 2008 censuses adjusted for underenumeration, the 1992 voter registration by the UN Transitional Authority, the 2004 population estimate based on Cambodia Inter-Censal Population Survey (CIPS), and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration.

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