Poland Population 2024 (Live)

40,297,067

Since about 1999, Poland’s population has slowly been declining. Poland’s population peaked at 38.57 million people and has since then decreased to about 37.85 million people. Poland’s population is expected to decline at a much faster rate in the coming decades, shrinking to 23.17 million people at the end of the century. This means that Poland will lose almost 40% of its population by the end of the century.

Poland’s population is shrinking at a rate of 0.11%. The fertility rate in Poland is 1.439 births per woman, too low to replace the population. Additionally, Poland has negative net migration, especially as some of the country’s best and brightest have left to other countries for better job opportunities (known as “brain drain”).

Population Rank
Growth Rate
2024 World Percentage
Land Area
306,130
The current population of Poland is 40,297,067 based on projections of the latest United Nations data. The UN estimates the July 1, 2024 population at 40,221,726.

Poland Growth Rate

Poland Population Clock

Poland Population (as of 5/22/2024)40,297,067
Next UN Estimate (July 1, 2024)40,221,726
Births per Day1,087
Deaths per Day1,143
Migrations per Day-1,876
Net Change per Day-1,932
Population Change Since Jan. 1-276,276

Components of Population Change

One birth every 1.32 minutes
One death every 1.27 minutes
One emigrant every 46 seconds
Net loss of one person every 45 seconds

Poland Population Clock

Poland Population Density Map

City
2024 Population
Warsaw1,702,139
Lodz768,755
Krakow755,050
Wroclaw634,893
Poznan570,352
Gdansk461,865
Szczecin407,811
Bydgoszcz366,452
Lublin360,044
Katowice317,316

Poland Area and Population Density

According to figures calculated by the Polish Central Statistical Office, Poland had a population of 37,115,000 people by the end of 2007. This made the average population density equal to 122 people / km². Of this number, 61.5% of the people belonged to urban areas. The male population of the country is about 48.2%, and the remaining 51.8% belongs to the female population.

Largest Cities in Poland

The capital of Poland is Warsaw, and its official language is Polish. Another language that exists on a more regional basis is Kashubian. The population of Warsaw, which is the only city with over a million residents, currently has a population of 1,708,139.

Other cities with notable populations between 500,000 and 1,000,000 are Krakow, Lodz, Wroclaw, and Poznan.

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Year
Population
Growth Rate
Density (/km²)
Population Rank
Density Rank
202440,221,7260.88%1313792
202341,026,0671.27%1343791
202038,428,366-0.17%1253891
201938,493,601-0.07%1263791
201838,521,457-0.03%1263791
201738,532,8120%1263791
201538,553,146-0.02%1263491
201038,597,3530.01%1263388
200538,575,9110.04%1263284
200038,504,4310.05%1263080
199538,401,9780.18%1252974
199038,064,2550.47%1242872
198537,179,1600.92%1212670
198035,521,4290.94%1162569
197533,899,7700.86%1112469
197032,482,9430.79%1062468
196531,224,0811.14%1022166
196029,509,9031.72%961960
195527,099,1991.8%881960

Poland Population by Year (Historical)

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Year
Population
Growth Rate
Density (/km²)
Population Rank
Density Rank
202440,221,7260.88%1313792
202539,616,7300.61%1293793
203038,700,518-0.47%1264497
203537,971,541-0.38%1245199
204037,043,145-0.49%12152104
204536,001,211-0.57%11855109
205034,932,339-0.6%11460112
205533,858,601-0.62%11161118
206032,726,742-0.68%10762122
206531,459,143-0.79%10363127
207030,058,215-0.91%9865130
207528,613,166-0.98%9368130
208027,235,018-0.98%8969136
208526,004,010-0.92%8569139
209024,926,208-0.84%8170143
209523,970,225-0.78%7870145

Poland Population by Year (Projections)

Poland Population Pyramid 2024

Poland Median Age

41.9

Total

40.3

Male

43.6

Female

Poland Population by Age

There are people over age 18 in Poland.

Census Years

Year
Date
202130 June 2021
201130 June 2011
200220 May 2002
19886 December 1988

Poland Population Pyramid

Poland, which is called the Republic of Poland in the official books, is located in Central Europe. To its west is Germany, to its south are Slovakia and the Czech Republic, and to the east are Ukraine and Belarus. The northern border is comprised of the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad Oblast, Lithuania and the Russian exclave. The country constitutes a total area of 120,726 square miles (312,679 square kilometers) , which makes it the 69th largest country of the world and the ninth largest in Europe. Poland is a unitary state comprised of 16 voivodeships.

Demographics

The sex ratio at the time of birth between men and women is 1.06 males / female. For the age group under 15 years, it is 1.06 males / female. For the next age group, which is 15-64 years, it is 0.99 male / female. For the last age group, which is 65 years and over, the sex ratio is calculated to be about 0.62 male / female. When combined, this data gives an overall ratio of 0.94 male per female.

The infant mortality rate is estimated to be 6.42 deaths / 1000 live births for the total, with 7.12 deaths for the males and 5.67 deaths for the females per 1000 live births.

Poland Religion, Economy and Politics

87% of the population follows a Catholic religious path, while small percentages follow Protestant, Orthodox, and other religions.

The life expectancy rate has often been in the favor of deaths, especially during the World War. The growth rate also stayed negative until around 2007, but recently the stats have changed. The growth rate has now become 1.19%, which is the estimate calculated in 2012. The birth rate in 2012 was estimated to be 9.96 per 1000 people. The death rate was calculated as 9.24 deaths per 1000 deaths, which is still very close to the birth rate. The fertility rate has been decreasing since 2008, which at that point was 1.39 children born per woman and has now reached 1.31 children born per woman.

In 2018, these numbers are now updated to reflect a median age of 40.7 years of age, with a total life expectancy of 77.8 years of age. The death rate is at 10.4 per 1,000 individuals, over a full point up from previous calculations. The birth rate is now at 9.5 births per 1,000 individuals, indicating another decrease in the natural growth rate. The fertility rate is currently at 1.35 children per woman, which is a much smaller decrease than similar recent statistics in this arena.

Poland Population History

The population of the Republic of Poland was at only 1 million around the year 1000. This figure doubled by 1370 and gave Poland a population density of 8.6 people per square km. The country was affected comparatively little by the Black Death than the rest of Western Europe, which is why its population didn’t fall as much and continued to rise. By 1490, Poland’s population had jumped up to about 8 million inhabitants. Urbanization in the country further increased the population due to the innumerous migrations. By 1815, there were 11 million Poles in the territory; but due to the 3 partitions after 1772, the population was distributed among different countries.

However, the population still struggled to revive. Even after the millions of deaths in the Second World War, the census held in 1946 indicated a total population of 23,930,000. Out of this, 32% of the people were living in cities and towns and in urban areas, whereas 68% of the people were living in the countryside. The population further grew until recently, when it finally started decreasing because of a negative growth rate.

Poland Population Rank 2024
Area (km²)
312,679
2024 Growth Rate
Capital
GDP (IMF '23)
$844.62
GDP (UN '22)
$688.13 Bn
  1. Polish Official Statistics
  2. World Population Prospects (2022 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  3. GeoNames

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