Chile Population 2020 (Live)

19,163,181
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Chile’s population currently sits at 19.12 million people. According to current projections, population growth will slow down significantly over the next decade, reaching only 19.46 million by 2030. After 2030, the population is expected to increase again at a slightly faster rate, reaching its peak population in 2050 at 20.32 million people. The population is then projected to decline to 17.4 million people by the end of the century.

Chile’s percentage of growth from 2019 to 2020 is 0.87%, adding about 164,000 people to the population. With a low fertility rate of 1.65 million, net migration (about 111,000) contributed to the majority of Chile’s population growth.

The current population of Chile is 19,163,181, based on projections of the latest United Nations data. The UN estimates the July 1, 2020 population at 19,116,201.

Chile Growth Rate

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Chile Population 2020 (Live)

Name Population
Santiago4,837,295
Puente Alto510,417
Antofagasta309,832
Vina del Mar294,551
Valparaiso282,448
Talcahuano252,968
San Bernardo249,858
Temuco238,129
Iquique227,499
Concepcion215,413

Chile Area and Population Density

Chile has a land mass of 756,096.3 square kilometers which equates to 291,930.4 square miles and makes it the 38th largest country in the world in terms of surface area alone.

However, some harsh geography, typified by the Andes mountain range, means that Chile is a relatively sparsely populated country. For every square kilometer of land there is an average of 24 people (63 per square mile), which makes Chile only the 194th most densely populated country on earth (out of 192 countries).

Much of the population of Chile is concentrated in the Santiago Metropolis, which is also the most densely populated region in the country. The city of Santiago has a population density of 8,470 people per square kilometer (21,925/square mile).

Largest Cities in Chile

There are no cities in Chile with a population of more than 1 million, although a few come close, and some are much larger when the entire metropolitan area is considered. Santiago, the capital, is also the largest city. The city/urban population is 308,000, but the Santiago Metropolitan Region has 7.2 million inhabitants, representing the most populated and most densely populated region in Chile.

The 5 largest cities in Chile are:

  • Santiago Metropolis 7.2 million
  • Greater Valparaíso: 979,000
  • Greater Concepción: 945,000
  • Greater La Serena: 412,000
  • Antofagasta: 390,832

Chile Population Density Map

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
202019,116,2010.87%25.7163185
201918,952,0381.19%25.4962184
201818,729,1601.40%25.1962184
201718,470,4391.44%24.8462185
201618,209,0681.33%24.4961185
201517,969,3531.04%24.1762185
201017,062,5361.06%22.9560185
200516,182,7211.07%21.7661187
200015,342,3531.30%20.6361187
199514,380,8661.61%19.3457183
199013,274,6231.61%17.8554181
198512,257,2361.43%16.4955181
198011,419,3481.52%15.3654180
197510,592,3071.60%14.2553179
19709,783,1341.71%13.1654177
19658,989,6212.02%12.0953176
19608,132,9902.12%10.9454175
19557,322,6522.10%9.8553173
19506,598,5240.00%8.8756172

Chile Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
202019,116,2010.87%25.7163185
202519,240,9930.13%25.8866190
203019,458,1030.22%26.1770191
203519,879,4250.43%26.7470190
204020,156,6440.28%27.1174193
204520,296,6790.14%27.3076194
205020,319,3070.02%27.3376194
205520,242,224-0.08%27.2277194
206020,075,264-0.17%27.0077195
206519,837,975-0.24%26.6877196
207019,550,134-0.29%26.2978196
207519,220,208-0.34%25.8577196
208018,854,186-0.38%25.3677196
208518,468,353-0.41%24.8478196
209018,075,821-0.43%24.3179196
209517,693,039-0.43%23.8080196

Chile Population by Year (Projections)

Chile Population Pyramid 2020

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Chile Median Age

34.4


Total

33.2


Male

35.6


Female

Chile Population by Age

There are 14,516,453 adults in Chile.

Chile Population Pyramid

Chile, officially the Republic of Chile, is a South American country with a long yet narrow strip of land that sits between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountains with a total area of 756,096 square kilometers (291,930 square miles), making it the 38th largest country by area.

The last official census took place in Chile back in 2002, which placed the population at 15.1 million. The official 2012 estimate placed Chile's population at 17.4 million.

Chile's population has grown steadily over the past 60 years, rising from only 6 million in 1950 to almost triple that number -- more than 18 million people now call Chile home. From 1960 to 2012, Chile's population grew 127%, and now represents 0.25% of the world's population. That means 1 in 404 people on earth is a Chilean resident.

It is one of the most prosperous and stable in the region, leading Latin America in income per capita, human development, globalization, and low corruption perception.

Chile Demographics

Chile is a very multiethnic society, although studies on the country's ethnic structure vary a great deal. One study found that 30% of Chile's population is of Caucasian origin. A genetic study by the University of Chile found that the average Chilean's genes are 35% Amerindian and 64% Caucasian.

Many Chileans self-identify as white, and the 2011 Latinobarometro survey found that 59% of surveyed Chileans considered themselves white, while 25% answered "mestizo" and 8% answered "indigenous."

Chile has had relatively little European immigration over the years, although it has had waves of Spanish and non-Spanish immigrants, such as Germans, Italians, Irish and French.

It's also estimated that 5% of Chile's population is descended from Asian immigrants, mostly from the Middle East. The East Asian population of Chile has grown recently, and there is a fairly large population of Roma people.

Chile Religion, Economy and Politics

The majority of Chileans practice some form of Christianity, 54% of the total population and Roman Catholic, and 14% are Protestant. The remaining 32% of people, a fairly large proportion compared to many countries, are religiously unaffiliated.

Since the turn of the 21st century, the economy has been doing well in Chile, significantly improving the lives of its citizens. It is so stable, in fact, that it is considered South America's most prosperous and stable nation. Chile's main business sectors are agriculture and mining, as well as service industries like finance and tourism. Chile has also flourished due to its strong commitment to free trade and by gaining many foreign investors.

Chile Population History

At the 2002 census, it was confirmed that there were 15,116,435 people living in South America's longest and thinnest country. It was suggested at the time that the population of Chile was in severe decline due to an alarming fall in the birth rate. However, that suggestion is at odds with the latest estimate from the Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas (Chile's National Statistics Institute), which claimed that Chile's population in 2011 had grown to 17,248,450.

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