Aruba Population 2021

107,204
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Aruba is a small island located nearly 1,600 kilometers west of the Lesser Antilles and 27 kilometers north of Venezuela. Along with Bonaire and Curacao, it forms the ABC islands. Aruba is one of 4 constituent countries that create the Kingdom of the Netherlands, thus its citizens are Dutch.

The largest city and capital is Oranjestad, located near the western end of the island. Often called "Playa," it has a population estimated at 30,000.

Aruba Demographics

Aruba's population is believed to be 80% mixed Black/White/Caribbean Amerindian and 20% other ethnicities. Aruba has a very strong Arawak heritage compared to other Caribbean islands. The Arawak are a group of people indigenous to the Caribbean and are believed to be the natives Christopher Columbus encountered in 1492. While there are no full-blooded aboriginals remaining, the features of many islanders shows their heritage. Most of the population is descended from the Arawak, as well as Spanish, Italian, Dutch, French, British, Portuguese and African ancestors.

Many people in Aruba are descended from Venezuelan immigrants due to the island's close proximity to the country, and many Venezuelans own vacation homes on the island. The majority (81%) of Arubans are Roman Catholic.

Aruba has one of the highest standards of living in the Caribbean area with a low unemployment rate and well-paying jobs, which means immigration to the area has been so strong the country had to pass legislation to limit immigration. Still, Aruba is a small country and its population cannot exceed a certain level.

After a sharp increase in population in the early 1990's, the population growth rate has since varied and is currently increasing very slowly with an annual growth rate of 0.4%.

The current population of Aruba is 107,204 based on projections of the latest available data.

Aruba Growth Rate

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Name Population
Oranjestad29,998
Tanki Leendert21,500
San Nicolas15,200
Santa Cruz12,900
Paradera12,000
Savaneta11,500

Aruba Cities

Aruba Population Pyramid 2021

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Aruba Population by Age

There are 84,384 people over age 18 in Aruba.

Census Years

Year Date
19916 October 1991
200014 October 2000
20106 October 2010
20202020

Aruba Population Pyramid

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²)
2021107,2040.44%595.58
2020106,7660.43%593.14
2019106,3140.44%590.63
2018105,8450.46%588.03
2017105,3660.47%585.37
2016104,8720.51%582.62
2015104,3410.52%579.67
2010101,6690.33%564.83
2005100,0311.94%555.73
200090,8532.49%504.74
199580,3245.27%446.24
199062,149-0.28%345.27
198563,0260.96%350.14
198060,096-0.19%333.87
197560,6570.53%336.98
197059,0630.59%328.13
196557,3601.14%318.67
196054,2114.39%301.17
195543,7242.81%242.91

Aruba Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²)
2022107,6090.42%597.83
2023108,0130.41%600.07
2024108,3860.39%602.14
2025108,7520.37%604.18
2030110,2470.27%612.48
2035111,0570.15%616.98
2040110,928-0.02%616.27
2045109,993-0.17%611.07
2050108,716-0.23%603.98
2055107,662-0.19%598.12
2060107,032-0.12%594.62
2065106,741-0.05%593.01
2070106,550-0.04%591.94
2075106,220-0.06%590.11
2080105,638-0.11%586.88
2085104,832-0.15%582.40
2090103,927-0.17%577.37
2095103,044-0.17%572.47

Aruba Population by Year (Future)

As part of the Leeward Antilles, Aruba is one of three islands that make up the ABC islands, which are called by that name because those are the first letters of each island. Aruba is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands along with Sint Maarten, Curaçao, and the Netherlands. As an island in the Caribbean Sea, Aruba is northwest of Curaçao and north of Venezuela.

Though it is reasonable to assume otherwise, Aruba is not part of the European Union. The ABC islands are technically positioned on the South American continental shelf, meaning their location classifies them as part of South America. Most commonly, you will hear Aruba being referenced as an island in the Caribbean.

Total Area and Population of Aruba

Aruba has a total area of 69.08 square miles. Approximately 105,806 people live on the island, according to a census taken in 2018. The population of Aruba makes the island the 197th most populated place to live in the whole world.

The population of Aruba, divided by the total area, determines the population density of the island. That said, Aruba has a population density of 1,531.64, meaning there is an estimated number of 1,532 people per square mile. Aruba is the 22nd most dense place in comparison to all countries and territories in the world.

Highest, Lowest, and Average Elevation Levels

On average, the elevation level of Aruba is 217 feet above sea level. This lower level is attributed to the abundance of coral reefs and igneous rocks that lie beneath the surface of deposited limestone. The highest point of elevation is 620 feet above sea level, located at the very top of Mount Jamanota.

Not enough information is known to determine the actual lowest point of Aruba, though it is hard to tell considering the fact that Aruba is entirely surrounded by water. The island is at sea level along every coastline, so the lowest point of elevation is not situated in one place in particular, but rather around the entire circumference of the island. .

GPS Coordinates and Most Extreme Points

The GPS coordinates of Aruba are a latitude of 12.5211° N and a longitude of 69.9683° W. To the north and south of Aruba is the Caribbean Sea. While water borders Aruba in every direction, the islands of Curaçao and Bonaire are to the east of Aruba.

Aruba - Location and Highlights

  1. UN World Population Prospects (2019 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. City Population - Population Statistics in Maps and Charts for Cities - City Population - Population Statistics in Maps and Charts for Cities, Agglomerations and Administrative Divisions of all Countries of the World
  3. GeoNames Gazetteer

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