Laos Population 2020 (Live)

7,263,305

Life expectancy has grown from 54 in 2007 to 60 for men and 65 for women in 2012 as more people gain access to clean water and health care. The population of Laos is currently growing at a rate of 2% per year.

Laos Population Growth

The population spiked during the late 1980s and 1990s after the food shortages of the years prior had subsided, but the rate of growth has been declining fairly steadily in the years since. The median age in Laos is a fairly young 23 years, but the birth rate is very close to the worldwide average of 2.5 at 2.7 births per average woman. At present, the population is increasing roughly 100,000 per year with an annual growth rate of around 1.5%.

Laos Population History

The stable growth rate in Laos has been slowly decreasing for decades and this trend is expected to continue in the coming years. In fact, by the year 2060, the rate of growth is supposed to come to a near, slowing down to 0% before eventually beginning to decline. Predictions believe that the population in Laos will be 7,164,822 in 2020, 8,048,698 in 2030, 8,727,905 in 2040, and 9,162,892 by 2050.

The current population of Laos is 7,263,305, based on projections of the latest United Nations data. The UN estimates the July 1, 2020 population at 7,275,560.

Laos Growth Rate

Laos Population 2020 (Live)

Name Population
Vientiane196,731
Pakse88,332
Thakhek85,000
Savannakhet66,553
Luang Prabang47,378
Xam Nua38,992
Muang Phonsavan37,507
Vangviang25,000
Muang Xay25,000
Muang Pakxan21,967

Laos Area and Population Density

Laos is a landlocked nation in Southeast Asia close to the South China Sea and bordered by Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, and China. The land itself is largely mountainous, but not in the developed part of the country. 40% of the remaining land is wildlife reserve or park, and the rest is either grassland, woodland, shrubland, or farmland. The surface area of Laos covers 91,429 square miles (236,800 square kilometers), which ranks 81st in terms of area. alone. Using the 2017 population of 6.858 million people, the population density of the country of Laos is 75 people per square mile (29 people per square kilometer), which ranks 151st in the world in terms of population density. The population is spread very unevenly in Laos, with most people living in the valleys of the Mekong River and tributaries.

Largest Cities in Laos

Just under half of the population of Laos live in or around urban areas and as a very dry country, most of the cities lay along rivers. The capital city of Vientiane is the largest in the country with a population of 562,244 located along the Mekong River. Vientiane is by far the largest city in Laos, as the second-largest city of Savannakhet has just 93,277 people living there. Other notable cities with populations between 50,000 and 100,000 include Pakxe, Thakhek, Muang Xai, and Luang Prabang.

Laos Population Density Map

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
20207,275,5601.48%31.52105180
20197,169,4551.53%31.06105181
20187,061,5071.56%30.60105182
20176,953,0351.57%30.13106182
20166,845,8461.55%29.66106182
20156,741,1641.53%29.21106182
20106,249,1651.67%27.08106183
20055,751,6761.56%24.92106182
20005,323,7001.90%23.07106178
19954,846,4832.62%21.00108180
19904,258,4722.92%18.45113180
19853,687,8982.51%15.98115186
19803,258,1441.32%14.12116185
19753,051,5772.57%13.22115181
19702,688,4282.44%11.65117181
19652,382,5942.35%10.32117181
19602,120,8982.32%9.19116182
19551,890,8542.36%8.19116182
19501,682,9150.00%7.29116181

Laos Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
20207,275,5601.48%31.52105180
20257,774,5331.34%33.69104180
20308,226,2731.14%35.64104181
20358,625,7130.95%37.37103181
20408,971,9460.79%38.87101181
20459,259,1560.63%40.12101183
20509,479,7470.47%41.0799183
20559,628,2680.31%41.72101182
20609,706,2650.16%42.05102182
20659,715,8890.02%42.10103181
20709,660,820-0.11%41.86102182
20759,547,727-0.24%41.37102181
20809,386,514-0.34%40.67102182
20859,187,102-0.43%39.81103184
20908,956,836-0.51%38.81104184
20958,700,613-0.58%37.70105184

Laos Population by Year (Projections)

Laos Population Pyramid 2020

Laos Population by Age

There are 4,428,640 adults in Laos.

Laos Population Pyramid

Laos Population Clock

The population of Laos (as of 5/19/2020)?7,263,305
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2020)7,275,560
Births Per Day451
Deaths Per Day126
Net Migrations Per Day-40
Net Change Per Day285
Population Change Since January 1st39,615

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Estimate as of May 19th 2020 is: 7,263,351

Components of Population Change

One birth every 3 minutes
One death every 11 minutes
One net migrant every 36 minutes
Net gain of one person every 5 minutes

Laos, officially the Lao People's Democratic Republic, is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia bordered by China, Burma, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand.

Laos Demographics

The people of Laos are usually considered by their location as this relates to ethnicity. The lowland people (Lao Loum) account for about 60% of the country's population and are ethnic Lao. This group is descended from migrants who came south from China during the first millennium. 10% belong to other lowland groups.

The Mon-Khmer tribes, known as Lao Theung, inhabit the central and southern mountain areas. These are the indigenous inhabitants of northern Laos, although there are some Vietnamese, Chinese and Thai minorities. Lao Theung account for 30% of the population.

The Lao Soung, or highland people, include minority cultures such as the Hmong, Yao, Dao, Shan and other peoples who have lived in this isolated region for some time. The mountain tribes of mixed heritage include the Lua and Khmu people, who are indigenous to the region, The Lua people are endangered. The Lao Soung account for 10% of the population.

Laos also has the youngest population of any Asian country with a median age of 21.6 years.

Laos Religion, Economy and Politics

Laos is a very religious nation, but the practices happening within its borders aren't very diverse. Nearly all of the indigenous or 'lowland' people practice Theravada Buddhism. Native people making up roughly half of the population. An additional 16% of non-native people give Buddhism a majority of 66% of the Laos population. The second most practiced religion is Laotian folk religion, a religion whose specifics vary significantly depending on who is practicing it and in what region of the country. Only 3% of the population are Christian or follow another religion.

The economy of Laos is one of the world's fastest-growing in the world, which is largely attributed to their decentralized government and encouragement of private enterprise. Although the economy is doing well as a whole, Laos is still one of the poorest countries in the region, largely because of its disproportionately large and uneducated workforce. One of the country's top priorities is to decrease poverty through an increase in education funding to bring education to every child in the country. A large portion of their economy is maintained by foreign investment.

The government of Laos is a one-party socialist republic, meaning that the only legal political party is the Lao People's Revolutionary Party, which is led by the president who doesn't have too much power politically. The prime minister who is the real leader of the government is picked by the president and decides on any laws with the powerful 9-member Politburo, and the 49-member Central Committee. There are also 4 Deputy Prime Ministers that have slightly less influence.

Laos Population History

The country of Laos was a protectorate of France between the years 1893- 1945, after which the Japanese briefly occupied the area post World War II. Laos gained full independence in 1954, and civil war broke out near instantly between royalists and a communist group called Pathet Lao.

The United States dropped more bombs on Laos during the 1960s than were dropped in all of World War II in an attempt to eliminate sanctuaries the North Vietnamese had set up and to destroy the supply lines of the Ho Chi Minh trail. Communists took over the country in 1975, which led to extreme food shortages and the flight of hundreds of thousands of refugees to Thailand. Under President Obama, the US committed 90 million USD to clear the unexploded bombs the United States dropped decades earlier.

About Laos

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

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the 1985, 1995, 2005 and 2015 censuses adjusted for underenumeration, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration.

  3. GeoNames Gazetteer