Tanzania Population 2020 (Live)

59,857,120

Tanzania is growing at a very fast rate. At the end of 2020, the country’s population is estimated to be at 59.73 million and by the end of the century, the population will reach 282.67 million. Tanzania’s population is currently growing at a rate of 2.98%.

Tanzania has a high fertility rate of 4.8 births per woman and a high birth rate of 36.2 births per 1,000 people.

Unfortunately, a rapidly growing population in Tanzania means increased levels of poverty and income inequality. The country also faces a harsh HIV/AIDS epidemic affecting over 1.6 million Tanzanians (about 5.1% of the population). This epidemic may result in a lower life expectancy, a higher infant mortality rate, higher death rate, changes in age and sex distribution in the population as well as lower population growth.

Tanzania Population Projections

The substantial growth that Tanzania has seen over the past couple of centuries is expected to continue into the foreseeable future with annual growth rates around 3%, which is only predicted to decrease slightly. By 2020, it is forecasted that the population will be 62,774,619, which should grow to exceed 100,000,000 by 2038.

The current population of Tanzania is 59,857,120, based on projections of the latest United Nations data. The UN estimates the July 1, 2020 population at 59,734,218.

Tanzania Growth Rate

Tanzania Population 2020 (Live)

Name Population
Dar es Salaam2,698,652
Mwanza436,801
Zanzibar403,658
Arusha341,136
Mbeya291,649
Morogoro250,902
Tanga224,876
Dodoma180,541
Kigoma164,268
Moshi156,959

Tanzania Area and Population Density

With 947,300 square kilometers of land, Tanzania is the 23rd largest country in the world and the 13th largest in Africa. This, in combination with the total population, equates to a population density of approximately 62 people per square kilometer. Tanzania has one of the highest birth rates in the world and more than 44% of the population is under the age of 15. The total fertility rate is 5.01 children born per woman, which is the 17th highest of any country.

Tanzania has a very uneven population distribution. In the arid regions, population density is as low as 1 person per square kilometer, about 53 people per square kilometer in the water-rich mainland highlands and up to 134 people per square kilometer in the capital city of Zanzibar. About 80% of the population lives in rural areas.

The largest city in Tanzania is Dar es Salaam with 2,698,652 in its population.

Largest Cities in Tanzania

Tanzania is a country made up more of a large number of decently sized towns than a few large cities, with over 200 cities that have populations between 10,000 and 100,000. That said, the nation does have one densely populated city- Dar es Salaam - which has a population of 4.365 million. The capitol of the country, Dodoma has a population of 180,541.

Tanzania Population Density Map

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
202059,734,2182.98%67.4424146
201958,005,4633.00%65.4825147
201856,313,4383.02%63.5725149
201754,660,3393.04%61.7125149
201653,049,2303.04%59.8925149
201551,482,6333.03%58.1226149
201044,346,5252.89%50.0630150
200538,450,3202.79%43.4131157
200033,499,1802.47%37.8232159
199529,649,1353.30%33.4732161
199025,203,8453.10%28.4534163
198521,633,7963.14%24.4236165
198018,538,2593.14%20.9336165
197515,885,2293.25%17.9338168
197013,535,4813.07%15.2838171
196511,634,8322.97%13.1341173
196010,052,1522.86%11.3542170
19558,729,6622.68%9.8646172
19507,649,7610.00%8.6449174

Tanzania Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
202059,734,2182.98%67.4424146
202568,934,1632.91%77.8222136
203079,162,7252.81%89.3720129
203590,415,5962.69%102.0719120
2040102,586,5292.56%115.8117111
2045115,596,0202.42%130.5015105
2050129,386,8392.28%146.0715100
2055143,816,5352.14%162.361494
2060158,869,1562.01%179.351291
2065174,442,4791.89%196.931285
2070190,388,6401.76%214.931179
2075206,583,0721.65%233.221072
2080222,833,3701.53%251.56967
2085239,026,7081.41%269.84962
2090254,983,3781.30%287.86956
2095270,541,5501.19%305.42955

Tanzania Population by Year (Projections)

Tanzania Population Pyramid 2020

Tanzania Population by Age

There are 28,704,923 adults in Tanzania.

Tanzania Population Pyramid

Tanzania, officially the United Republic of Tanzania, is a relatively large country in East Africa that shares its borders with many countries, including Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The name Tanzania itself derives from the country's two states, Zanzibar and Tanganyika. Zanzibar is an archipelago off the coast of Tanzania and a semi-autonomous part of the country. Of this total population, 1.3 million reside on the islands of Zanzibar.

The last official census recording the population of Tanzania occurred in 2012 and showed there were 44,928,923 people living in the country.

Tanzania Demographics

Tanzania has a very low median age with more than 44.8% of the population under 15, 52% between 15 and 64 and just 3.1% over the age of 64. The country also has an incredibly diverse population with more than 120 ethnic groups.

The Sukuma is the largest ethnic group in the country and represents around 16% of Tanzania's total population. The vast majority of citizens, including many of the Sukuma, Hehe and Nyakyusa peoples, speak Bantu. There are groups of Nilotic and nomadic Maasai and Luo populations in the country as well, along with two small groups who speak languages in the Khoisan family specific to the Khoikhoi and Bushman people.

When evaluating the quality of life in a country, numerous statistics can give an insightful glimpse into the daily life of any population. The World Factbook has provided numerous points mentioned here that will give a clear view of the problems that the Tanzanian population currently faces. Malaria and HIV are primary causes of death for children and adults respectively in Tanzania. The HIV prevalence rate here is at 4.5% - the 13th highest in the world.

Nearly 44% of the population is under the age of 15. The median age of the Tanzanian population is only 17.7 years of age, with a life expectancy of 62.6 years of age. In terms of healthcare, there are only .02 physicians per 1,000 residents and .7 hospital beds per 1,000 residents. Clean drinking water is accessible for only 55% of the population and improved sanitation is available for only 15% of the population. 77.9% of the population over the age of 15 can read and write in any of the official languages used in Tanzania.

Tanzania Religion, Economy and Politics

The religious diversity in Tanzania is split at Christianity with 61.4% of the population, Muslim 35.2%, folk religion 1.8%, other 0.2%, and unaffiliated at 1.4%.

While much of the population comes from the mainland, there is one group known as the Shirazis who trace their origins to Zanzibar's early Persian settlers. About 1% of the population on the mainland and Zanzibar are non-Africans. The Asian community in Tanzania, which includes the Sunni Muslims, Parsis, Goans and others, has dropped by nearly 50% in the last ten years to just 50,000 on the mainland and 4,000 on Zanzibar. It's estimated that about 90,000 Arabs and Europeans also reside in the country.

While each ethnic group has its own language, Tanzania's official language is Kiswahili, which is an Arabic-influenced Bantu language, as well as English.

Tanzania Population History

Although the land of Tanzania has been inhabited for hundreds of years, it hasn't been known as the nation it is today until it gained its independence from England in 1964. Prior to this, the land has come under many different names and it is difficult to track its historical population trends.

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