Republic of the Congo Population 2020 (Live)

5,571,337
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Republic of Congo Population Growth

The Congo Republic has a very high fertility rate at 5.1 children born per woman, with an even higher fertility rate of 6.5 in rural regions. The country's population is currently growing at a rate of nearly 3% per year, which is not ideal with the country's present economic circumstances. Efforts are being made to increase education about family planning and contraceptives, but the effects have not yet been extreme enough to curb the extreme growth trend. As of 2019, the growth rate of 2.64%.

Republic of Congo Population Projections

Even though more people are leaving the country than coming into it, the annual growth rate in the Republic of Congo is expected to continue being high due to the extremely high birth rate in the country. Current projections believe that the annual rate of growth will decrease to 2.07% by 2050, but the actual change in numbers will be greater then than it is now even though the percentage is lower. The same set of predictions believe that the population of the Republic of Congo will be 5,686,917 in 2020, 7,318,887 in 2030, 9,308,628 in 2040 and 11, 509,651 by 2050.

The current population of Republic of the Congo is 5,571,337, based on projections of the latest United Nations data. The UN estimates the July 1, 2020 population at 5,518,087.

Republic of the Congo Growth Rate

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Republic of the Congo Population 2020 (Live)

Name Population
Brazzaville1,284,609
Pointe-Noire659,084
Dolisie103,894
Kayes58,737
Owando23,952
Ouesso23,915
Loandjili23,204
Madingou22,760
Gamboma20,877
Impfondo20,859

Republic of Congo Area and Population Density

The central African nation of the Republic of Congo sits along the equator along the Gulf of Guinea and sharing borders with the Democratic Republic of Congo Gabon, Cameroon, and the Central African Republic. The Congo Republic's covers 132,047 square miles (342,000 square kilometers) of land area and the population is concentrated in the southwestern area of the country with large amounts of tropical jungle nearly uninhabited. The Republic of the Congo's population is rather sparse with a population density of just 41 people per square mile (16 people per square kilometer), which ranks 175th in the world. Given that even though the country's estimated 2017 population of 5.261 million ranks 117th in the world, it still has substantial room to grow.

Largest Cities in the Republic of Congo

The Republic of Congo is one of the most urbanized countries in Africa with 70% of the population living in the urban areas of Brazzaville, Pointe-Noire and the small cities between those two cities. Brazzaville is the capital and largest city of the Congo Republic with about 1.8 million people in the city proper and a metro population of more than 2 million. Brazzaville is a classic central African city wit ha large artistic community and beautiful stone architecture. Kinshasa (pop: 10 million), the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is directly across the Congo River from Brazzaville. Point-Noire is a wealthy oil town along the coast with a population of 715,334.

Republic of the Congo Population Density Map

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
20205,518,0872.56%16.16117207
20195,380,5082.60%15.76118207
20185,244,3592.61%15.36119208
20175,110,6952.60%14.97119209
20164,980,9962.57%14.59119208
20154,856,0952.59%14.22119209
20104,273,7313.36%12.51124208
20053,622,7752.98%10.61128208
20003,127,4112.93%9.16132208
19952,707,5372.81%7.93132210
19902,356,7372.79%6.90134211
19852,054,3122.93%6.02135211
19801,777,9342.96%5.21137211
19751,536,6542.98%4.50137212
19701,326,8852.81%3.89138211
19651,155,3922.56%3.38139211
19601,018,2532.25%2.98138211
1955911,0291.95%2.67138211
1950827,2520.00%2.42138210

Republic of the Congo Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
20205,518,0872.56%16.16117207
20256,234,7242.47%18.26114204
20307,019,8312.40%20.56110199
20357,871,2102.32%23.05109197
20408,776,6482.20%25.70104195
20459,724,0822.07%28.4797191
205010,701,9941.93%31.3494191
205511,706,7631.81%34.2892188
206012,737,4601.70%37.3091187
206513,794,8261.61%40.3990183
207014,866,5011.51%43.5387178
207515,947,5821.41%46.7083176
208017,017,2401.31%49.8382171
208518,061,2871.20%52.8979171
209019,070,1311.09%55.8478166
209520,037,0760.99%58.6777163

Republic of the Congo Population by Year (Projections)

Republic of the Congo Population Pyramid 2020

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Republic of the Congo Median Age

19.7


Total

19.5


Male

19.8


Female

Republic of the Congo Population by Age

There are 2,801,984 adults in Republic of the Congo.

Republic of the Congo Population Pyramid

Republic of the Congo Demographics

The Congo Republic has a very ethnically diverse population. There are 62 spoken languages. The Kongo represent the largest ethnic group at about 48% of the population, with subgroups that include the Laari of Brazzaville and Pool and the Vili of Pointe-Noire. The second-largest ethnic group is the Sangha (20%) in the northern part of the country, followed by the Teke people (17%) who live north of Brazzaville. The Boulangui of the northwest and Brazzaville account for 12% of the total population, while the Pygmies make up 2%.

Prior to the war in 1997, there were 9,000 Europeans and non-Africans in the country, but most have left. There are also about 300 American expatriates in the Congo. A large percentage of the Congo's population remains undernourished and the HIV rate stands at 3.4%.

Republic of Congo Religion, Economy and Politics

Christianity is by far the dominant religion in the Republic of Congo, with over 90% of people practicing some form of it. 1% of people practice Sunni Islam, and the remaining population does not have a specific faith system. Indigenous religions were very different from Christianity and embrace animism, vitalism, spirit and ancestor worship, sorcery and witchcraft, yet these beliefs often mesh with the Christian Faith amongst the Congolese.

The economy in the Republic of Congo is extremely dependent on the petroleum sector. Rising oil prices during the 1980s brought an influx of revenue and allowed the country to invest in itself. Oil prices have dropped substantially since then and the economy isn't flourishing the way it once was. The Republic of Congo is focusing efforts on moving away from petroleum and in recent years they have begun converting natural gas to electricity instead of burning it.

As a unitary semi-presidential republic, the president is the head of state and the prime minister leads the government in the Republic of Congo. This system is extremely young as a new constitution was written up outlining the current system in just 2015. The legislative branch of the government is made up of both the chambers of parliament.

Republic of Congo Population History

Indigenous people have been to known to live in what is now the Republic of Congo since at least the 1400s. The French turned the land into their protectorate in 1880 and treated the people living there very poorly, and put thousands into forced labor. The Africans revolted in 1928, but the French pushed back and killed 17,000 native people. The Republic of Congo gained independence from France in 1960.

In the 1990s there began to be some civil strife in the Republic of Congo, when the people began opposing the government over parliamentary elections. A peace deal was signed in 1999. An ammunition dump in Brazzaville in 2012 killed nearly 300 and injured over 2,300.

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