List of African countries by population

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This is a list of African countries and dependent territories sorted by population, which is sorted by normalized demographic projections from the most recently available census or demographic data. Africa remains one of the world's fastest growing regions.[1] 60% of Africa is 25 years of age or younger,[2] making democracy and growth in the continent a matter of policy and economic significance.

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Ranks Countries
(or dependent territory)
Official
figure
(where
available)
Date of
last figure
Source
1  Nigeria 206,139,589 2020 Worldometers[3]
2  Ethiopia 109,224,414 2018 UN population projections[4][5]
3  Democratic Republic of the Congo 102,561,403 July 1, 2020 National annual projection
4  Egypt 101,334,404 December 8, 2020 National population clock
5  South Africa 59,956,820 December 1, 2020 Official estimate
6  Tanzania 59,734,218 2020 Worldometers
7  Kenya 53,771,296 2019 https://www.worldometers.info/world-population/kenya-population/
8  Uganda 45,741,007 July,13, 2020 https://www.Hazard.info
9  Algeria 43,000,420 January 1, 2019 Official estimate
10  Sudan 42,268,269 January 25, 2020 Official population clock
11  Morocco 37,034,729 October 10, 2020 Worldometers
12  Mozambique 28,013,000 2015 Official estimate
13  Ghana 31,072,940 2020 Official estimate
14  Angola 24,383,301 May 16, 2014 Preliminary 2014 census result
15  Somalia 15,893,222 January 1, 2019 UN estimate
16  Ivory Coast 22,671,331 May 15, 2014 Preliminary 2014 census result
17  Madagascar 22,434,363 2014 Official estimate
18  Cameroon 28,524,175 April 15, 2021 Official estimate
19  Burkina Faso 18,450,494 2015 Official estimate
20  Niger 17,138,707 December 10, 2012 Final 2012 census result
21  Malawi 16,832,900 July 1, 2016 Official estimate
22  Zambia 15,473,905 2015 Official estimate
23  Mali 14,528,662 April 1, 2009 Final 2009 census result
24  Senegal 14,354,690 2015 Official estimate
25  Zimbabwe 13,061,239 August 17, 2012 Final 2012 census result
26  Chad 11,039,873 May 20, 2009 Final 2009 census result
27  Tunisia 10,982,754 April 23, 2014 Preliminary 2014 census result
28  Guinea 10,628,972 April 2, 2014 Preliminary 2014 census result
29  Rwanda 10,515,973 August 15, 2012 Final 2012 census result
30  Benin 10,008,749 May 11, 2013 Final 2013 census result
31  Burundi 9,823,828 2015 Official estimate
32  South Sudan 8,260,490 April 22, 2008 2008 census result
33  Eritrea 6,536,000 July 1, 2014 Official estimate
34  Sierra Leone 6,348,350 2014 Official estimate
35  Togo 6,191,155 November 6, 2010 Final 2010 census result
36  Libya 5,298,152 April 15, 2006 2006 census result
37  Central African Republic 3,859,139 2017 [6]
38  Mauritania 3,718,678 2016 Official estimate
39  Republic of the Congo 3,697,490 April 28, 2007 2007 census result
40  Liberia 3,476,608 March 21, 2008 Final 2008 census result
41  Namibia 2,280,700 July 1, 2015 Official estimate
42  Botswana 2,024,904 August 22, 2011 Final 2011 census result
43  Lesotho 1,894,194 2011 Official estimate
44  Gambia 1,882,450 April 15, 2013 Preliminary 2013 census result[permanent dead link]
45  Gabon 1,802,278 October 5, 2013 Preliminary 2013 census result
46  Guinea-Bissau 1,530,673 2015 Official estimate
47  Mauritius 1,261,208 July 1, 2014 Official estimate
48  Equatorial Guinea 1,222,442 July 4, 2015 Preliminary 2015 census result
49  Eswatini 1,119,375 2015 Official estimate
50  Djibouti 864,618 July 1, 2011 Official estimate
 Réunion (France) 840,974 January 1, 2013 Official estimate
51  Comoros 806,200 July 1, 2016 Official estimate
Western Sahara[7] 510,713 September 2, 2014 Preliminary 2014 census result
52  Cape Verde 491,875 June 16, 2010 Final 2010 census result[permanent dead link]
 Mayotte (France) 212,600 August 21, 2012 2012 census result
53  São Tomé and Príncipe 201,784 2018 Official estimate
54  Seychelles 90,945 August 26, 2010 Final 2010 census result
 Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (UK) 5,633 June 2016 2016 census result

Proportion of total African population by country

  Nigeria (16.38%)
  Ethiopia (8.37%)
  Egypt (7.65%)
  Democratic Republic of the Congo (6.57%)
  Tanzania (4.55%)
  South Africa (4.47%)
  Kenya (3.88%)
  Uganda (3.3%)
  Other (44.83%)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Africa's economic growth in a new global context". ODI.
  2. ^ "Population" (PDF). www.un.org. Retrieved 2020-06-09.
  3. ^ "African countries by population (2019)". Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  4. ^ ""World Population prospects – Population division"". population.un.org. United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  5. ^ ""Overall total population" – World Population Prospects: The 2019 Revision" (xslx). population.un.org (custom data acquired via website). United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  6. ^ "Population by Country (2020)". Worldometer. Retrieved 2020-06-09.
  7. ^ Administration is split between Morocco and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, both of which claim the entire territory.