Peru Population 2020 (Live)

33,024,054

Peru’s population is currently 32.97 million people, which is expected to surpass 40 million in 2048. Peru’s population is projected to continue to grow until reaching its peak in 2066 of 41.62 million.

Peru’s population growth rate is 1.42% thanks to positive net migration and a fertility rate of 2.27 births per woman. Additionally, Peru’s high fertility rates in past decades (3 to 7 births per woman) have led to the natural increase of the population as well. The country’s rate of natural increase, however, has declined as well. These factors will eventually lead to Peru’s population peaking and then declining after 2068, shrinking down to 39.28 million people by the end of the century.

The current population of Peru is 33,024,054, based on projections of the latest United Nations data. The UN estimates the July 1, 2020 population at 32,971,854.

Peru Growth Rate

Peru Population 2020 (Live)

Name Population
Lima7,737,002
Arequipa841,130
Callao813,264
Trujillo747,450
Chiclayo577,375
Iquitos437,620
Huancayo376,657
Piura325,466
Chimbote316,966
Cusco312,140

Peru Area and Population Density

Peru's current population density is just 25 people per square kilometer (or 57/square mile), which makes it the 182nd most densely populated country.

Largest Cities in Peru

The largest city in Peru is its capital city, Lima. It is home to more than a quarter of Peruvians and the country's largest city by far with a population of over 8 million. Additional large cities in Peru include Arequipa, Callao, and Trujillo.

The city of Lima proper is, according to 2016 estimates, home to 8,852,000 people. This makes it the 20th largest city in the world, equivalent more or less to London.

Lima's wider metropolitan area is home to 9,886,866 people, making it the fourth largest in South America. The only larger cities are Sao Paolo (Brazil, 21 million), Buenos Aires (Argentina, 13.6 million) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil, 12.2 million).

Peru Population Density Map

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
202032,971,8541.42%25.7643184
201932,510,4531.63%25.4043185
201831,989,2601.73%24.9943186
201731,444,2981.68%24.5743186
201630,926,0321.49%24.1643186
201530,470,7340.97%23.8143186
201029,027,6740.82%22.6841187
200527,866,1451.04%21.7738186
200026,459,9441.72%20.6738186
199524,299,1601.94%18.9837184
199022,071,4332.22%17.2438184
198519,772,8722.42%15.4538187
198017,547,6102.61%13.7138186
197515,424,7442.76%12.0539186
197013,459,7942.82%10.5239188
196511,711,3922.89%9.1540188
196010,155,0152.77%7.9340188
19558,858,3892.64%6.9244188
19507,777,4460.00%6.0845189

Peru Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
202032,971,8541.42%25.7643184
202534,517,4950.92%26.9745188
203036,030,5920.86%28.1548187
203537,387,9600.74%29.2151188
204038,552,1060.61%30.1250187
204539,551,2590.51%30.9050188
205040,373,9870.41%31.5452189
205541,000,2200.31%32.0354191
206041,410,4820.20%32.3554190
206541,604,4830.09%32.5055191
207041,590,539-0.01%32.4955191
207541,408,782-0.09%32.3555191
208041,096,675-0.15%32.1156191
208540,697,442-0.19%31.7958190
209040,237,412-0.23%31.4459190
209539,726,624-0.26%31.0459191

Peru Population by Year (Projections)

Peru Population Pyramid 2020

Peru Median Age

28


Total

27.2


Male

28.8


Female

Peru Population by Age

There are 22,811,481 adults in Peru.

Peru Population Pyramid

The law in Peru requires that the Government hold a census every ten years. In total, there have been 11 censuses held in Peru since the first in 1836. Generally (see the next paragraph for the exception), the data collected is considered fairly reliable.

Peru Demographics

The last census in Peru that attempted to classify its population by ethnicity occurred in 1940, at which point 53% of the population was white or mestizo (white and Amerindian ancestry) with 46% Amerindian. The CIA World Factbook cites the majority of Peruvians as Amerindians, particularly Aymara and Quechua, followed by mestizo people at 37%.

In 2006, a survey from the Instituto Nacional de Estadistica e Informatica (INEI), Peruvians self-identified as mestizo (59.5%), Quechua (22.7%), Aymara (2.7%), Amazonian (1.8%), Black/Mulatto (1.6%), white (4.9%) and other (6.7%).

There are estimated to be 15 uncontacted Amerindian tribes in Peru as of 2016.

The further inland, the higher the density of the Amerindian population. The original Amerindian population was devastated by the arrival of colonists from Spain in the 1520s and dropped from an estimated 9 million in the 1520s to around 600,000 a century later. The catastrophe was caused by a mixture of smallpox, to which Amerindians had no natural immunity, war and the economic chaos that followed the collapse of the Inca Empire.

Europeans are largely descendants of Spanish and Italian settlers, but following waves of settlers from other European nations also left their mark and there are many descendants of British, German and even Croatian colonists. The highest proportion of Europeans can be found in the northern highlands, in coastal areas and in Peru's major cities.

Asian Peruvian numbers are unclear; the source used in the box above gives figures of both 1% and 3% of the population. The bulk of Peru's Asian population is descended from Chinese and Japanese immigrants. Notably, Alberto Fujimori, Peru scandal hit President from 1990 to 2000 was of Japanese descent.

Afro-Peruvians make up around 1-2% of the population and are largely descended from slaves transported to Peru in the 18th and 19th centuries. Like the descendants of European colonists, Afro-Peruvians are largely concentrated in the coastal cities.

Peru Religion, Economy and Politics

Christianity is by far the most dominant religion in Peru, but there are different branches that are followed. The most popular branch of Christianity in Peru is Roman Catholicism. Many Peruvians have blended their Christian beliefs with traditional Peruvian belief systems, for instance, many equate the Virgin Mary to be an equivalent of the Peruvian Pacha Mama (Mother Earth).

Although Spanish is the official language of Peru, used nationwide, indigenous languages also have official status in areas where they are widely used. Quechua is used widely, particularly in Eastern Peru, and is therefore often quoted as Peru’s second official language. In effect the number of official languages has been limited to two for many years. However, recently Aymara was made an official language in the Puno region in South Eastern Peru.

As well as the official languages listed above, around 150 other indigenous languages are known to be spoken in Peru today (although the exact number cannot be determined as there are still a number of un-contacted or rarely contacted tribes in the country).

Today Spanish is spoken by more than 80% of Peruvians and Quechua by 16%. As its urban population increased in the second half of the twentieth century, Peru saw a steady shift toward speaking Spanish. Recently, though, an increased effort has been made to promote the teaching and usage of indigenous languages, so it is possible they will see a resurgence in use.

Peru Population History

Peru is a very multiethnic country and its population has been formed by various groups for more than 500 years. The area was inhabited by Amerindians for thousands of years prior to the Spanish Conquest in the 1500s, and their population decreased from 5 to 9 million in the beginning of the 16th century to just 600,000 one hundred years later due to infectious disease. Spaniards and Africans then moved into the area, mixing with each other and indigenous people of the region, with European immigration from Italy, Germany, Britain and France following behind. Peru freed its black slaves in 1854, then Chinese immigrants began moving into the region to replace the slave workers.

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