DR Congo Population 2020 (Live)

89,901,963

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has one of the highest population growth rates in the world of 3.19%. With a current population of about 89.56 million, DR Congo is projected to surpass 100 million in 2024 and double its population by 2047.

DR Congo has one of the highest fertility rates in the world of 6.11 births per woman. The 2019 birth rate for DR Congo was 40.6 births per 1,000 people.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo, however, has many issues that a rapidly increasing population can exacerbate. The country is plagued with conflict and lacks modern health services. Additionally, HIV/AIDs is a major problem, as well as rape, human trafficking, and child labor.

DR Congo Population Growth

It's very hard to obtain reliable data on DRC's population due to conflict, but it seems to be a destination for many immigrants, refugees and asylum-seekers. The number of Congolese nationals abroad is somewhere between 3 and 6 million, most of whom live in Africa.

DR Congo Population Projections

The rate of growth in DR Congo is unusually high at 3.27%. This is expected to slow, but not significantly. The population is expected to hit 90 million by 2020, and 100 million by 2024. By the year 2050, DR Congo is projected to have a population close to 200 million.

The current population of DR Congo is 89,901,963, based on projections of the latest United Nations data. The UN estimates the July 1, 2020 population at 89,561,403.

DR Congo Growth Rate

DR Congo Population 2020 (Live)

Name Population
Kinshasa7,785,965
Lubumbashi1,373,770
Mbuji-Mayi874,761
Kisangani539,158
Masina485,167
Kananga463,546
Likasi422,414
Kolwezi418,000
Tshikapa267,462
Beni232,000

DR Congo Area and Population Density

The Democratic Republic of Congo is an almost entirely landlocked nation in sub-Saharan Africa. It is quite a sizable nation at 905,567 square miles (2,345,408 square kilometers). Even though DR Congo has a large population, the surface area gives it a low population density at 22.3 people per square mile (35.9 people per square kilometer).

Largest Cities in DR Congo

The largest city in the Congo is Kinshasa with approximately 7.8 million people, followed by Lubumbashi (1.4 million) and Goma (1 million). There are more than 200 ethnic groups in the DRC, and the Bantu are the majority. The Mongo, Luba and Kongo peoples (Bantu) with the Hamitic Mangbetu-Azande peoples make up about 45% of the population. There are also 600,000 Pygmies, the aboriginal people of the country.

DR Congo Population Density Map

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
202089,561,4033.19%39.5116171
201986,790,5673.24%38.2816173
201884,068,0913.28%37.0816174
201781,398,7643.31%35.9117174
201678,789,1273.34%34.7519175
201576,244,5443.38%33.6319177
201064,563,8543.34%28.4820180
200554,785,9033.07%24.1723183
200047,105,8262.53%20.7825185
199541,576,2343.74%18.3426186
199034,612,0232.98%15.2729188
198529,881,2292.54%13.1831188
198026,358,9082.85%11.6331190
197522,903,5812.74%10.1032189
197020,011,0362.87%8.8333190
196517,369,8832.64%7.6633191
196015,248,2512.44%6.7333191
195513,517,5132.10%5.9633191
195012,183,6590.00%5.3732191

DR Congo Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
202089,561,4033.19%39.5116171
2025104,133,5643.06%45.9315167
2030120,046,7262.89%52.9515162
2035137,336,5592.73%60.5812157
2040155,725,4402.54%68.6910154
2045174,895,1392.35%77.1510148
2050194,488,6582.15%85.799144
2055214,307,0411.96%94.539135
2060234,145,6241.79%103.287126
2065253,760,2351.62%111.937122
2070272,900,8721.47%120.387118
2075291,255,5781.31%128.477113
2080308,523,3871.16%136.097109
2085324,329,8001.00%143.067108
2090338,553,5730.86%149.346105
2095351,138,1000.73%154.896102

DR Congo Population by Year (Projections)

DR Congo Population Pyramid 2020

DR Congo Median Age

18.6


Total

18.3


Male

18.8


Female

DR Congo Population by Age

There are 41,177,943 adults in DR Congo.

DR Congo Population Pyramid

DR Congo Demographics

80% of the people in DR Congo are Bantu, but there are more than 250 ethnic groups in the country. Other groups include the Central Sudanic/Ubangian, Milotic and Pygmy peoples.

The official language of the nation is French, but Lingala, Kingwana, Kikongo, and Tshiluba are also common. Both French and English are taught in secondary and high schools.

The median age of DR Congo is 18.8 years with nearly half of the population under 15 years old.

DR Congo Religion, Economy and Politics

80-95% of the population is Christian, making the Congo the most Christian nation in Africa. Indigenous beliefs account for 2-10% of the population, followed by Islam at 1.5-10%.

DR Congo Population History

The Second Congo War that started in 1998 (also called the African world war) was the deadliest conflict on earth since the Chinese Civil War. 90% of soldiers died from malaria and disease and displaced a huge percentage of the population. 47% of the deaths were children under 5, and DR Congo is still trying to recover. DR Congo's population grew from only 39 million in 1992 to 66 million in 2009, despite its ongoing war.

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