Demographics of Tanzania
|44,928,923 (2012 census)
Diaspora est. 3.7 million
|Regions with significant populations|
|Kiswahili, English and Regional languages|
|Islam, Christianity and Indigenous beliefs|
This article is about the demographic features of the population of Tanzania, including population density, ethnicity, education level, health of the populace, economic status, religious affiliations, and other aspects of the population.
The population distribution in Tanzania is extremely uneven. The population density varies from 1 person per square kilometre (3 per sq. mi.) in arid regions to 51 per square kilometre (133 per sq. mi.) in the mainland's well-watered highlands to 134 per square kilometre (347 per sq. mi.) in Zanzibar. More than 80 percent of the population is rural. Dar es Salaam is the de facto capital and largest city. Dodoma, located in the centre of Tanzania, is the de jure capital, although action to move government buildings to Dodoma has stalled.
The native population of Tanzania consists of more than 120 ethnic groups, of which the Sukuma, Haya, Nyakyusa, Nyamwezi, and Chagga have more than 1 million members. The majority of Tanzanians, including such communities as the Hehe, Sukuma, and the Nyamwezi, are Bantu speaking groups. Other Bantu speaking were refugees from Mozambique. Groups of Nilotic or related origin include the nomadic Maasai and the Luo, both of which are found in greater numbers in neighbouring Kenya. Two small groups, the Sandawe and Hadza, speak language isolates. Additionally, Cushitic-speaking peoples, originally from the Ethiopian highlands, reside in a few areas of Tanzania.
Although much of Zanzibar's native population came from the mainland, one group known as Shirazis traces its origins to the island's early Persian settlers. Non-Africans residing on the mainland and Zanzibar account for 1 percent of the total population. The Asian community, including Hindus, Sikhs, Shi'a and Sunni Muslims, Parsis, and Goans, has declined by 50 percent in the past decade[when?] to 50,000 on the mainland and 4,000 on Zanzibar. An estimated 70,000 Arabs and 20,000 Europeans (90 percent of which are from the British diaspora) reside in Tanzania.
Swahili and English are the official languages of Tanzania. However, the former is the national language. Swahili belongs to the Bantu branch of the Niger-Congo family. English is still the language of higher courts. Other languages are Indian languages and Portuguese (spoken by Mozambicans and Goans).
Based on 1999–2003 data, over 74,000 Tanzanian-born people were living in Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries, with 32,630 residing in the United Kingdom; 19,960 in Canada; 12,225 in the United States; 1,714 in Australia; 1,180 in the Netherlands; and 1,012 in Sweden.
- 1 Population
- 2 Vital statistics
- 3 Population
- 4 Total fertility rate in Tanzania
- 5 CIA World Factbook demographic statistics
- 6 Religions
- 7 See also
- 8 References
According to the 2012 census, the total population was 44,928,923 compared to 12,313,469 in 1967, resulting in an annual growth rate of 2.9 percent. The under 15 age group represented 44.1 percent of the population, with 35.5 percent being in the 15–35 age group, 52.2 percent being in the 15–64 age group, and 3.8 percent being older than 64.
According to the 2012 revison of the World Population Prospects, children below the age of 15 constituted 44.8 percent of the total population, with 52.0 percent aged 15–64 and 3.1 percent aged 65 or older.
|Total population||Population aged 0–14 (%)||Population aged 15–64 (%)||Population aged 65+ (%)|
The Tanzanian Demographic and Health Survey 2010 estimated that the infant mortality rate for 2005–10 was 51. Registration of other vital events in Tanzania is not complete. The Population Department of the United Nations prepared the following estimates.
|Period||Live births per year||Deaths per year||Natural change per year||CBR*||CDR*||NC*||TFR*||IMR*|
|* CBR = crude birth rate (per 1000); CDR = crude death rate (per 1000); NC = natural change (per 1000); TFR = total fertility rate (number of children per woman); IMR = infant mortality rate per 1000 births|
|Region||1967 (Population / Crude Birth Rate / Total Fertility Rate)||1978 (Population / Crude Birth Rate / Total Fertility Rate)||1988 (Population / Crude Birth Rate / Total Fertility Rate)||2002 (Population / Crude Birth Rate / Total Fertility Rate)||2012 (Population / Crude Birth Rate / Total Fertility Rate)|
|Tanzania, including Zanzibar||12,313,469 / 47 / 7.3||17,036,499 / 49 / 6.3||22,455,207 / 47 / 5.4||33,461,849 / 43 / 4.2||44,928,923 / /|
|Zanzibar||354,815 / 48 / 7.3||476,111 / 48 / 7.1||640,675 / 49 / 6.4||981,754 / 43 / 4.5||1,303,569 / /|
Fertility and Births (Demographic and Health Surveys)
Total Fertility Rate (TFR) and Crude Birth Rate (CBR):
|Year||CBR (Total)||TFR (Total)||CBR (Urban)||TFR (Urban)||CBR (Rural)||TFR (Rural)||CBR (Zanzibar)||TFR (Zanzibar)|
Total fertility rate in Tanzania
Fertility rates are estimated by Surveys (TDHS) and Census in different times. TDHS surveys estimated these fertility rates :6.3 (1991–92), 5.8 (1996), 5.7 (2004–05), 5.4 (2010) and 2002 Census said 6.3 
|Tanzania (country total)||7.3||6.3||5.4||4.2||5.4|
|Dar es Salaam||5.0||5.4||3.4||1.9|
CIA World Factbook demographic statistics
- 48,261,942 (July 2013 estimate)
Note: Estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality, higher death rates, lower population growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected.
total: 17.3 years
male: 17.0 years
female: 17.6 years (2013 estimate)
at birth: 1.03 male(s)/female
0-14 years: 1.02 male(s)/female
15–54 years: 1.00 male(s)/female
55-64 years: 0.75 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.76 male(s)/female
total population: 0.99 male(s)/female (2013 estimate)
Life expectancy at birth
total population: 60.76 years
male: 59.48 years
female: 62.09 years (2013 estimate)
Age 15-49 HIV infection rates:
- 5.1 percent overall, with 6.2 percent of women and 3.8 percent of men being infected.
People living with HIV/AIDS:
- 1.6 million (2011 estimate)
- 86,000 (2009 estimate)
Swahili or Kiswahili (official), English (official, primary language of commerce, administration, and higher education), many local languages from six families.
definition: age 15 and over can read and write Swahili, English, or Arabic
total population: 69.4%
female: 62.2% (2003 est.)
Most Tanzanians are nowadays Christians and Muslims. The numerical relationship between followers of the wo religions is regarded as politically sensitive and questions about religious affiliation have not been included in census questionnaires since 1967.
For many years estimates have been repeated that about a third of the population each follows Islam, Christianity and traditional religions.
As there is obviously no more such a large percentage of traditional religionists  a range of competing estimates has been published giving one side or the other a large share or trying to show equal shares. These estimates range from 60% Christian : 36% Muslim in the Pew Report Islam and Christianity (2010)  to 55% Muslim majority on the website Muslimpopulation.com.
Religion-related statistics for Tanzania have been regarded as notoriously biased and unreliable.
The remainder of the population are Hindus, Buddhists, animists, and unaffiliated. Most Christians are Roman Catholic, Lutheran or Seventh-Day Adventist, though a number of other Pentecostal churches, Anglicans, and Eastern Orthodox Christians are also represented in the country. Most Tanzanian Muslims are Sunni, though there are also populations of Ibadi, Shia, Ahamadiya, Bohora, and Sufi. Muslims are concentrated in coastal areas and in mainland areas along former caravan trade routes.
- "IOM launches project to engage Tanzanian diaspora". IOM. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-29.
- "SELECTED POPULATION PROFILE IN THE UNITED STATES more information 2009-2011 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimate". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-05-29.
- "Connecting with Emigrants: A Global Profile of Diasporas: Key statistics on diaspora from Tanzania". OECD Publishing. Retrieved 2014-05-29.
- Kiswahili Tanzania National Website
- "Swahili - A language of Tanzania". Ethnologue. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
- J. A. Masebo & N. Nyangwine: Nadharia ya lugha Kiswahili 1. S. 126, ISBN 978-9987-676-09-5
- "Country-of-birth database". Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
- Population Distribution by Administrative Units, United Republic of Tanzania, 2013, page 1
- Tanzania in figures 2012, National Bureau of Statistics, Ministry of Finance, June 2013, page 23
- World Population Prospects: The 2012 Revision, Population Estimates and Projections Section, Population Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations
- Tanzania Demographic and Health Survey 2010, Tanzania National Bureau of Standards, funding provided by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (Tanzania), Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre, Department for International Development (United Kingdom), World Health Organization/Zanzibar, United Nations Fund for Population Activities, United Nations Children's Fund, World Food Programme, United Nations Development Programme, and Irish Aids, technical assistance provided by ICF Macro through its MEASURE DHS programme, survey conducted 19 December 2010 to 23 May 2011, with results applying to the preceding three-year period
- Analytical Report, 2002 Census, United Republic of Tanzania
- 2002 Census, United Republic of Tanzania
- The World Factbook - Tanzania
- At a 95 percent confidence level, the rate was 4.6 to 5.6 percent. Refer to page 202 of the survey.
- At a 95 percent confidence level, the rate was 5.5 to 6.8 percent. Refer to page 202 of the survey.
- At a 95 percent confidence level, the rate was 3.2 to 4.5 percent. Refer to page 202 of the survey.
- Tanzania HIV/AIDS and Malaria Indicator Survey 2011-12, authorized by the Tanzania Commission for AIDS (TACAIDS) and the Zanzibar Commission for AIDS; implemented by the Tanzania National Bureau of Statistics in collaboration with the Office of the Chief Government Statistician (Zanzibar); funded by the United States Agency for International Development, TACAIDS, and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, with support provided by ICF International; data collected 16 December 2011 to 24 May 2012; report published in Dar es Salaam in March 2013
- UNAIDS World AIDS Day Report 2012, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, page 7
- So repeated here: (USA government), Central Intelligence Agency. "The World Fact Book". Retrieved 25 May 2014.
- note continued adherence to traditional beliefs also among Christians and Muslims:"(In Tanzania) more than half the people surveyed believe that sacrifices to ancestors or spirits can protect them from harm." see Pew report Christians and Muslims in Subsaharan Africa (2010)
- "Islam and Christianity in Subsaharan Africa (2010)". Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life.
- "Africa Muslim Population in 2014". Muslimpopulation.com. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
- Abdulaziz Y. Lodhi and David Westerlund. "African Islam in Tanzania". Retrieved 25 May 2014.