Updated on July 16, 2023 with the latest
July 2023-July 2024 estimates from the 2022 U.N. Revision

Central African Republic Population (LIVE)

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Central African Republic Population (1950 - 2023)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)
  • The current population of the Central African Republic is 5,786,758 as of Wednesday, October 4, 2023, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data 1.
  • the Central African Republic 2023 population is estimated at 5,742,315 people at mid year.
  • the Central African Republic population is equivalent to 0.07% of the total world population.
  • the Central African Republic ranks number 117 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
  • The population density in the Central African Republic is 9 per Km2 (24 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 622,980 Km2 (240,534 sq. miles)
  • 39.9 % of the population is urban (2,288,695 people in 2023)
  • The median age in the Central African Republic is 14.8 years.
1. Updated on July 16, 2023 with the latest July 2023-July 2024 estimates from the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

Population of the Central African Republic (2023 and historical)

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationCAR
Global Rank
2023 5,742,315 2.92 % 163,171 -14,716 14.8 5.83 9 39.9 % 2,288,695 0.07 % 8,045,311,447 117
2022 5,579,144 2.24 % 121,990 -17,463 14.7 5.92 9 39.7 % 2,213,060 0.07 % 7,975,105,156 117
2020 5,343,020 2.57 % 133,696 -24,803 14.7 5.99 9 38.9 % 2,076,534 0.07 % 7,840,952,880 120
2015 4,819,333 0.67 % 31,853 -63,213 14.5 6.04 8 38.0 % 1,831,054 0.06 % 7,426,597,537 121
2010 4,660,067 2.06 % 90,247 -43,189 15.7 5.94 7 37.1 % 1,730,652 0.07 % 6,985,603,105 119
2005 4,208,834 2.29 % 89,933 -13,609 15.9 5.85 7 37.3 % 1,571,461 0.06 % 6,558,176,119 121
2000 3,759,170 2.79 % 96,4938,082 15.8 5.92 6 37.6 % 1,413,327 0.06 % 6,148,898,975 126
1995 3,276,706 3.13 % 93,497 -12,995 15.8 5.97 5 38.1 % 1,248,262 0.06 % 5,743,219,454 129
1990 2,809,221 1.93 % 51,229 2,000 16.2 6.05 5 38.5 % 1,082,570 0.05 % 5,316,175,862 130
1985 2,553,075 1.12 % 27,560 -46,428 16.6 6.11 4 36.7 % 935,996 0.05 % 4,861,730,613 131
1980 2,415,276 1.12 % 26,270 -41,537 17.1 6.11 4 32.0 % 772,263 0.05 % 4,444,007,706 128
1975 2,283,927 2.01 % 43,314 -9,904 17.4 5.89 4 28.2 % 644,978 0.06 % 4,069,437,231 128
1970 2,067,356 2.26 % 43,637 -3,689 18.0 6.00 3 24.3 % 502,752 0.06 % 3,695,390,336 127
1965 1,849,171 1.94 % 33,889 485 18.7 5.94 3 21.0 % 387,790 0.06 % 3,337,111,983 124
1960 1,679,728 1.67 % 26,766 485 19.5 5.81 3 18.0 % 302,205 0.06 % 3,019,233,434 125
1955 1,545,898 1.48 % 21,861 0 20.4 5.78 2 15.5 % 238,917 0.06 % 2,746,072,141 124
Source: Worldometer (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).
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Central African Republic Population Forecast

-5,000
YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationCAR
Global Rank
2025 6,097,449 2.68 % 150,886 -10,272 15.1 5.66 10 40.2 % 2,451,673 0.07 % 8,191,988,453 114
2030 7,104,274 3.10 % 201,365 -5,591 15.7 5.15 11 41.1 % 2,917,639 0.08 % 8,546,141,327 110
2035 8,200,171 2.91 % 219,179 -5,000 16.2 4.59 13 42.1 % 3,454,676 0.09 % 8,879,397,401 104
2040 9,316,419 2.59 % 223,250 -5,000 17.1 4.04 15 43.4 % 4,039,450 0.10 % 9,188,250,492 100
2045 10,430,913 2.29 % 222,899 -5,000 18.3 3.56 17 44.7 % 4,665,212 0.11 % 9,467,543,575 96
2050 11,533,423 2.03 % 220,502   19.7 3.17 19 46.2 % 5,329,336 0.12 % 9,709,491,761 93
Source: Worldometer (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

Central African Republic Demographics

Main Page: Demographics of the Central African Republic
Life Expectancy
55.48 years
(life expectancy at birth, both sexes)
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Infant Mortality
64.8
(infant deaths per 1,000 live births)
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Deaths under age 5
93.1
(per 1,000 live births)
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Main Cities by Population in the Central African Republic

(includes boroughs, districts, urban agglomerations, etc.)

# CITY NAME POPULATION
1 Bangui 542,393
2 Bimbo 129,655
3 Mbaiki 67,132
4 Berberati 61,815
5 Kaga Bandoro 56,520
6 Bozoum 40,201
7 Carnot 38,071
8 Sibut 34,267
9 Bambari 32,547
10 Bria 29,027
11 Bouar 28,581
12 Bossangoa 27,428
13 Nola 26,809
14 Bangassou 24,361
15 Damara 20,093
16 Mobaye 19,431
17 Paoua 18,441
18 Boda 16,655
19 Ippy 16,571
20 Batangafo 15,310

See also

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Notes

The Central African Republic Population (Live) counter shows a continuously updated estimate of the current population of the Central African Republic delivered by Worldometer's RTS algorithm, which processes data collected from the United Nations Population Division.

The Population of the Central African Republic (1950 - 2023) chart plots the total population count as of July 1 of each year, from 1950 to 2023.

The Yearly Population Growth Rate chart plots the annual percentage changes in population registered on July 1 of each year, from 1951 to 2023. This value can differ from the Yearly % Change shown in the historical table, which shows the last year equivalent percentage change assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five year period.

Definitions

Year: as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Population: Overall total population (both sexes and all ages) in the country as of July 1 of the year indicated, as estimated by the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. For forecasted years, the U.N. medium-fertility variant is used.


Yearly % Change: For 2023: percentage change in total population over the last year (from July 1, 2022 to June 30 2023). For all other years: latest year annual percentage change equivalent assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five year period, calculated through reverse compounding.

Yearly Change: For 2023: absolute change in total population (increase or decrease in number of people) over the last year (from July 1, 2022 to June 30 2023). For all other years: average annual numerical change over the preceding five year period.

Migrants (net): The average annual number of immigrants minus the number of emigrants over the preceding five year period (running from July 1 to June 30 of the initial and final years), or subsequent five year period (for 2016 data). A negative number means that there are more emigrants than immigrants.

Median Age: age that divides the population into two numerically equal groups: half of the people are older than the median age indicated and half are younger. This parameter provides an indication of age distribution.

Fertility Rate: (Total Fertility Rate, or TFR), it is expressed as children per woman. It is calculated as the average number of children an average woman will have during her reproductive period (15 to 49 years old) based on the current fertility rates of every age group in the country, and assuming she is not subject to mortality.

Density (P/Km²): (Population Density) Population per square Kilometer (Km²).

Urban Pop % : Urban population as a percentage of total population.

Urban Population: Population living in areas classified as urban according to the criteria used by each country.

Country's Share of World Pop: Total population in the country as a percentage of total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

World Population: Total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Global Rank: Position held by the Central African Republic in the list of all countries worldwide ranked by population (from the highest population to the lowest population) as of July 1 of the year indicated.