Kiribati Population 2020 (Live)

119,454
The current population of Kiribati is 119,454, based on projections of the latest United Nations data. The UN estimates the July 1, 2020 population at 119,449.

Kiribati Growth Rate

Kiribati Population 2020 (Live)

Name Population
Tarawa40,311
Betio Village12,509
Bikenibeu Village6,170

Kiribati Population Density Map

Source:
Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
2020119,4491.57%147.4719383
2019117,6061.52%145.1919383
2018115,8471.48%143.0219384
2017114,1581.45%140.9419384
2016112,5241.44%138.9219383
2015110,9301.51%136.9519384
2010102,9272.20%127.0719786
200592,3251.81%113.9819991
200084,3961.66%104.1919999
199577,7231.43%95.95199101
199072,4002.50%89.38198101
198563,9861.53%79.00201103
198059,3011.47%73.21202106
197555,1141.50%68.04203105
197051,1511.96%63.15202105
196546,4292.42%57.32203103
196041,2022.41%50.87201103
195536,5732.05%45.15200104
195033,0480.00%40.80199105

Kiribati Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
2020119,4491.57%147.4719383
2025129,6171.65%160.0219380
2030139,1791.43%171.8319379
2035148,2831.27%183.0719378
2040157,4951.21%194.4419377
2045167,1001.19%206.3019377
2050176,7081.12%218.1619275
2055185,8531.01%229.4519172
2060194,2630.89%239.8319071
2065201,8650.77%249.2219068
2070208,9990.70%258.0218963
2075215,8320.65%266.4618958
2080222,3200.59%274.4718959
2085228,0890.51%281.5918958
2090232,9170.42%287.5518857
2095236,6510.32%292.1618858

Kiribati Population by Year (Projections)

Kiribati Population Pyramid 2020

Kiribati Population by Age

There are 69,488 adults in Kiribati.

Kiribati Population Pyramid

Kiribati, officially the Independent and the Sovereign Republic of Kiribati, is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean. Kiribati is composed of 32 atolls and one raised coral island, Banaba.

Kiribati's population today is slightly above the 2010 census population of 103,500. The nation has a population density of 135 people per square kilometer (350/sq mi), which is 73rd in the world. The country has just 811 square kilometers of land area, 186th in the world.

Over 90% of the population inhabits the Gilbert Islands, with over 33% of the population in an area of just 6.2 square miles on South Tarawa. Until very recently, the Kiribati people mostly lived in villages on the outer islands with populations of just 50 to 3,000. More citizens have moved to the urban island capital of Tarawa recently. The South Tarawa area has a population of more than 50,000.

Kiribati is now a disappearing nation -- literally. The coral island is just 6.5 feet above sea level and rising sea levels due to climate change are causing the island to become smaller each year and pushing the residents further inland.

Kiribati Demographics

The native people of the nation are the I-Kiribati, who are ethnically Micronesians. Archaeological evidence indicates Austronesians originally inhabited the islands thousands of years ago, although Fijians, Tongans, and Samoans invaded around the 14th century, introducing new ethnic diversity. Despite this, Kiribati has a fairly homogeneous population.

The I-Kiribati speak an Oceanic language, Gilbertese, but English is also an official language. The main religion is Christianity, which was introduced by missionaries in the 1800's. 56% of the population is Roman Catholic while 34% is Congregationalist Protestant.

Kiribati has a low life expectancy rate of just 63 for women and 57 for men with many health problems caused by the consumption of semi-raw seafood, bacterial contamination of food, and little storage. Just 10 years ago, up to 7% of the population was treated each year for food poisoning in a hospital.

About Kiribati

  1. Kiribati Statistics Office
  2. UN World Population Prospects (2019 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    <p>Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the 1978, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010 censuses, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration.</p>

  3. GeoNames Gazetteer