Namibia Population 2020 (Live)

2,558,797
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Namibia does not have a population growth rate as high as some neighboring countries, but it is growing steadily at 2% per year. This trend is expected continue for the next few years.

The current population of Namibia is 2,558,797, based on projections of the latest United Nations data. The UN estimates the July 1, 2020 population at 2,540,905.

Namibia Growth Rate

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Namibia Population 2020 (Live)

Name Population
Windhoek268,132
Rundu58,172
Walvis Bay52,058
Oshakati33,618
Swakopmund25,047
Katima Mulilo25,027
Grootfontein24,099
Rehoboth21,377
Katutura21,243
Otjiwarongo21,224

Population Growth and Population Density

Namibia is one of the least densely populated countries in the world with just 3.13 people per square kilometer, which ranks 226th worldwide. The only sovereign country that is less densely populated is Mongolia with 2 people per square kilometers. The largest city and capital is Windhoek, with a population of about 268,000. This is the only city with a population exceeding 100,000. The next-largest cities are Rundu and Walvis Bay, with about 55,000 people each.

Namibia Population Density Map

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
20202,540,9051.86%3.09143228
20192,494,5301.89%3.03143228
20182,448,3011.90%2.97143228
20172,402,6331.89%2.92143228
20162,358,0441.86%2.86143228
20152,314,9041.79%2.81143228
20102,118,8741.80%2.57142228
20051,938,3201.55%2.35146228
20001,794,5711.97%2.18146227
19951,627,8652.58%1.98145227
19901,432,9053.64%1.74147227
19851,198,1482.52%1.46147227
19801,057,7272.22%1.28147227
1975947,9213.00%1.15146227
1970817,4692.67%0.99146227
1965716,5842.48%0.87146227
1960634,1422.23%0.77146227
1955567,8472.00%0.69147227
1950514,3840.00%0.62145227

Namibia Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
20202,540,9051.86%3.09143228
20252,774,2001.77%3.37143228
20303,010,8711.65%3.66140227
20353,252,2351.55%3.95138226
20403,496,9701.46%4.25138225
20453,741,8311.36%4.54134224
20503,981,1301.25%4.84133224
20554,205,4031.10%5.11133223
20604,410,2170.96%5.36133222
20654,596,9670.83%5.58132222
20704,764,6750.72%5.79132222
20754,914,5400.62%5.97132222
20805,046,7460.53%6.13133222
20855,158,7930.44%6.27132222
20905,250,4660.35%6.38131222
20955,321,8250.27%6.46129222

Namibia Population by Year (Projections)

Namibia Population Pyramid 2020

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Namibia Median Age

21.2


Total

20.4


Male

21.9


Female

Namibia Population by Age

There are 1,428,219 adults in Namibia.

Namibia Population Pyramid

Namibia, officially the Republic of Namibia, is a country in southern Africa named for the Namib Desert that is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Angola, Zambia, Botswana, and South Africa. It does not quite actually border Zimbabwe, but the distance between the two countries is just the width of a 200-meter-wide riverbed at the closest point.

Namibia Demographics

Most Namibian people are of Bantu-speaking origin. The largest ethnic group is the Ovambo (49.8%), who live mostly in the north of the country and in towns throughout Namibia. Other ethnic groups include Kavango (9.3%), Damara (7.5%), Herero (7.5%), white (6.4%), Nama (4.8%) Caprivian (3.7%), San (2.9%), and Basters (2.5%).

The Khoisan (including the San and Nama) are descended from original inhabitants of Southern Africa. Namibia also has many descendants of Angolan refugees. There are two groups of mixed race people in Namibia: "Coloureds" (4.1%) and "Basters." Namibia also has a large Chinese minority.

Whites (Portuguese, British, German and Afrikaner) account for 6.4% of the population and make up the second-largest group of European ancestry in Sub-Saharan Africa. Most Namibian whites and most of the people of mixed race speak Afrikaans. A small amount of whites in the country are descendants of German colonial settlers.

In terms of religions among the population, Christians account for 80-90 (approximately 50% of this is Lutheran) of the population, while 10-20% have indigenous beliefs.

The median age of the Namibian population is at 21.2 years, with a life expectancy of 64 years overall. The current fertility rate as of 2018 is 3.29 children per woman with a maternal mean age of 21.5 years at the time of first birth. The infant mortality rate is at 35.1 deaths per 1,000 live births, ranking 55th in the world as of 2017.

Quality of Life in Namibia

91% of the population has access to clean drinking water overall while 65% of the population struggles to gain access to improved sanitation facilities. This contributes to a high risk of disease and illness in the area.

Literacy ability is currently estimated to be at 81.9% of the total population over the age of 15 years.

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