Western Sahara Population in 2020

Current Population in Western Sahara (live)

598,769

Births Today (live)

30

Births This Year (live)

6,796

Deaths Today (live)

8

Deaths This Year (live)

1,828

Net Migrations Today (live)

15

Net Migrations This Year (live)

3,331

Western Sahara Land Area

266,000 km2
(102,703 mi2

Population Density (/km2)

2.25 /km2
(0.87 /mi2

Overview on Population Growth in Western Sahara

Current Population in Western Sahara today, Wednesday, 5 August 2020 is 598,769 and is projected to reach 611,875 at 1 July 2021 according to United Nations data.

In Western Sahara, with a births rate equal to 18.61%, deaths rate equal to 4.92% and migration rate equal to 8.821%, the net population is expected to increase by about 14,536 this year, 2021 compared to the last year, 2020.

The migration rate in Western Sahara (8.821%) is positive meaning that more people enter Western Sahara as permanent residents (immigrants) than people leaving it to be permanent residents in another country (emigrants) adding to the total population in Western Sahara.

In Western Sahara, a new baby is born every 46 minutes and 11 seconds, one person dies every 2 hours, 51 minutes and 42 seconds.

Historical Population Estimates in Western Sahara

Date Total Population Females (%) Males (%) Population Growth Net Migration Migration Rate Fertility Rate Life Expectancy Birth Rate Death Rate
2020 597,339 285,070 (47.72%) 312,260 (52.28%) 2.535% 5,582 9.936 2.42% 69.86 20.30 4.92
2019 582,463 277,703 (47.68%) 304,755 (52.32%) 2.535% 5,582 9.936 2.42% 69.86 20.30 4.92
2018 567,402 270,259 (47.63%) 297,137 (52.37%) 2.535% 5,582 9.936 2.42% 69.86 20.30 4.92
2017 552,615 262,970 (47.59%) 289,647 (52.41%) 2.535% 5,582 9.936 2.42% 69.86 20.30 4.92
2016 538,749 256,127 (47.54%) 282,617 (52.46%) 2.535% 5,582 9.936 2.42% 69.86 20.30 4.92
2015 526,216 249,945 (47.50%) 276,266 (52.50%) 1.827% 572 1.137 2.60% 68.41 22.20 5.08
2014 514,995 244,419 (47.46%) 270,565 (52.54%) 1.827% 572 1.137 2.60% 68.41 22.20 5.08
2013 504,858 239,450 (47.43%) 265,408 (52.57%) 1.827% 572 1.137 2.60% 68.41 22.20 5.08
2012 495,773 234,995 (47.40%) 260,778 (52.60%) 1.827% 572 1.137 2.60% 68.41 22.20 5.08
2011 487,650 231,020 (47.37%) 256,634 (52.63%) 1.827% 572 1.137 2.60% 68.41 22.20 5.08
2010 480,274 227,389 (47.35%) 252,879 (52.65%) 1.865% 1,058 2.306 2.55% 66.20 21.91 5.58
2009 474,044 224,312 (47.32%) 249,733 (52.68%) 1.865% 1,058 2.306 2.55% 66.20 21.91 5.58
2008 468,633 221,625 (47.29%) 247,005 (52.71%) 1.865% 1,058 2.306 2.55% 66.20 21.91 5.58
2007 462,207 218,500 (47.27%) 243,710 (52.73%) 1.865% 1,058 2.306 2.55% 66.20 21.91 5.58
2006 452,350 213,805 (47.27%) 238,552 (52.74%) 1.865% 1,058 2.306 2.55% 66.20 21.91 5.58
2005 437,515 206,844 (47.28%) 230,672 (52.72%) 6.627% 18,120 48.215 2.85% 63.91 23.88 6.42
2004 416,797 197,194 (47.31%) 219,610 (52.69%) 6.627% 18,120 48.215 2.85% 63.91 23.88 6.42
2003 391,167 185,299 (47.37%) 205,878 (52.63%) 6.627% 18,120 48.215 2.85% 63.91 23.88 6.42
2002 363,227 172,351 (47.45%) 190,874 (52.55%) 6.627% 18,120 48.215 2.85% 63.91 23.88 6.42
2001 336,651 160,069 (47.55%) 176,578 (52.45%) 6.627% 18,120 48.215 2.85% 63.91 23.88 6.42
2000 314,118 149,682 (47.65%) 164,434 (52.35%) 4.120% 6,110 21.448 3.40% 61.28 27.21 7.60
1999 296,512 141,595 (47.75%) 154,913 (52.25%) 4.120% 6,110 21.448 3.40% 61.28 27.21 7.60
1998 283,083 135,462 (47.85%) 147,610 (52.14%) 4.120% 6,110 21.448 3.40% 61.28 27.21 7.60
1997 272,840 130,798 (47.94%) 142,045 (52.06%) 4.120% 6,110 21.448 3.40% 61.28 27.21 7.60
1996 264,108 126,758 (47.99%) 137,348 (52.00%) 4.120% 6,110 21.448 3.40% 61.28 27.21 7.60
1995 255,634 122,751 (48.02%) 132,884 (51.98%) 3.253% 2,400 10.150 4.00% 58.72 31.41 9.09
1994 247,257 118,676 (48.00%) 128,583 (52.00%) 3.253% 2,400 10.150 4.00% 58.72 31.41 9.09
1993 239,329 114,720 (47.93%) 124,614 (52.07%) 3.253% 2,400 10.150 4.00% 58.72 31.41 9.09
1992 231,727 110,840 (47.83%) 120,891 (52.17%) 3.253% 2,400 10.150 4.00% 58.72 31.41 9.09
1991 224,383 107,064 (47.71%) 117,327 (52.29%) 3.253% 2,400 10.150 4.00% 58.72 31.41 9.09
1990 217,258 103,398 (47.59%) 113,860 (52.41%) 3.496% 2,140 10.709 4.60% 56.18 35.21 11.05
1989 210,080 99,725 (47.47%) 110,346 (52.53%) 3.496% 2,140 10.709 4.60% 56.18 35.21 11.05
1988 202,726 95,990 (47.35%) 106,727 (52.65%) 3.496% 2,140 10.709 4.60% 56.18 35.21 11.05
1987 195,438 92,314 (47.23%) 103,125 (52.77%) 3.496% 2,140 10.709 4.60% 56.18 35.21 11.05
1986 188,608 88,841 (47.10%) 99,759 (52.89%) 3.496% 2,140 10.709 4.60% 56.18 35.21 11.05
1985 182,421 85,671 (46.96%) 96,748 (53.04%) 3.798% 2,040 12.242 5.33% 51.88 39.90 14.28
1984 177,273 82,980 (46.81%) 94,289 (53.19%) 3.798% 2,040 12.242 5.33% 51.88 39.90 14.28
1983 172,902 80,655 (46.65%) 92,247 (53.35%) 3.798% 2,040 12.242 5.33% 51.88 39.90 14.28
1982 168,058 78,135 (46.49%) 89,922 (53.51%) 3.798% 2,040 12.242 5.33% 51.88 39.90 14.28
1981 161,062 74,680 (46.37%) 86,379 (53.63%) 3.798% 2,040 12.242 5.33% 51.88 39.90 14.28
1980 150,877 69,814 (46.27%) 81,046 (53.72%) 13.990% 12,160 107.693 6.23% 47.56 44.08 17.31
1979 136,699 63,209 (46.24%) 73,494 (53.76%) 13.990% 12,160 107.693 6.23% 47.56 44.08 17.31
1978 119,330 55,192 (46.25%) 64,134 (53.75%) 13.990% 12,160 107.693 6.23% 47.56 44.08 17.31
1977 101,186 46,854 (46.30%) 54,328 (53.69%) 13.990% 12,160 107.693 6.23% 47.56 44.08 17.31
1976 85,619 39,676 (46.34%) 45,931 (53.65%) 13.990% 12,160 107.693 6.23% 47.56 44.08 17.31
1975 74,954 34,706 (46.30%) 40,247 (53.70%) -0.506% -2,236 -29.453 6.57% 43.26 44.38 19.99
1974 70,212 32,375 (46.11%) 37,830 (53.88%) -0.506% -2,236 -29.453 6.57% 43.26 44.38 19.99
1973 70,404 32,260 (45.82%) 38,139 (54.17%) -0.506% -2,236 -29.453 6.57% 43.26 44.38 19.99
1972 73,485 33,457 (45.53%) 40,020 (54.46%) -0.506% -2,236 -29.453 6.57% 43.26 44.38 19.99
1971 76,372 34,612 (45.32%) 41,759 (54.68%) -0.506% -2,236 -29.453 6.57% 43.26 44.38 19.99
1970 76,874 34,752 (45.21%) 42,128 (54.80%) 8.219% 3,430 53.658 6.60% 41.24 49.97 22.57
1969 74,337 33,587 (45.18%) 40,751 (54.82%) 8.219% 3,430 53.658 6.60% 41.24 49.97 22.57
1968 69,476 31,436 (45.25%) 38,043 (54.76%) 8.219% 3,430 53.658 6.60% 41.24 49.97 22.57
1967 63,125 28,650 (45.39%) 34,469 (54.60%) 8.219% 3,430 53.658 6.60% 41.24 49.97 22.57
1966 56,626 25,805 (45.57%) 30,825 (54.44%) 8.219% 3,430 53.658 6.60% 41.24 49.97 22.57
1965 50,970 23,320 (45.75%) 27,647 (54.24%) 8.842% 2,500 59.717 6.53% 39.31 51.96 24.67
1964 46,314 21,262 (45.91%) 25,048 (54.08%) 8.842% 2,500 59.717 6.53% 39.31 51.96 24.67
1963 42,308 19,479 (46.04%) 22,831 (53.96%) 8.842% 2,500 59.717 6.53% 39.31 51.96 24.67
1962 38,849 17,934 (46.16%) 20,920 (53.85%) 8.842% 2,500 59.717 6.53% 39.31 51.96 24.67
1961 35,724 16,531 (46.27%) 19,194 (53.73%) 8.842% 2,500 59.717 6.53% 39.31 51.96 24.67
1960 32,761 15,209 (46.42%) 17,548 (53.56%) 8.751% 1,660 61.588 6.42% 37.43 50.74 26.19
1959 29,912 13,952 (46.64%) 15,961 (53.36%) 8.751% 1,660 61.588 6.42% 37.43 50.74 26.19
1958 27,232 12,777 (46.92%) 14,463 (53.11%) 8.751% 1,660 61.588 6.42% 37.43 50.74 26.19
1957 24,834 11,727 (47.22%) 13,114 (52.81%) 8.751% 1,660 61.588 6.42% 37.43 50.74 26.19
1956 22,794 10,840 (47.56%) 11,962 (52.48%) 8.751% 1,660 61.588 6.42% 37.43 50.74 26.19
1955 21,147 10,114 (47.83%) 11,035 (52.18%) 8.588% 1,120 64.156 6.34% 35.52 48.32 27.90
1954 19,837 9,540 (48.09%) 10,289 (51.87%) 8.588% 1,120 64.156 6.34% 35.52 48.32 27.90
1953 18,726 9,057 (48.37%) 9,670 (51.64%) 8.588% 1,120 64.156 6.34% 35.52 48.32 27.90
1952 17,570 8,560 (48.72%) 9,015 (51.31%) 8.588% 1,120 64.156 6.34% 35.52 48.32 27.90
1951 16,062 7,908 (49.23%) 8,146 (50.72%) 8.588% 1,120 64.156 6.34% 35.52 48.32 27.90
1950 13,766 6,951 (50.49%) 6,812 (49.48%) N/A

Population Forecast in Western Sahara

Date Total Population Females (%) Males (%) Population Growth Net Migration Fertility Rate Life Expectancy Birth Rate Death Rate
2020 597,339 285,070 (47.72%) 312,260 (52.28%) 2.5350% 5,582 2.42% 69.86 20.30 4.92
2021 611,875 292,270 (47.77%) 319,602 (52.23%) 2.2450% 5,582 2.27% 71.08 18.61 5.01
2022 626,161 299,373 (47.81%) 326,795 (52.19%) 2.2450% 5,582 2.27% 71.08 18.61 5.01
2023 640,254 306,387 (47.85%) 333,874 (52.15%) 2.2450% 5,582 2.27% 71.08 18.61 5.01
2024 654,267 313,370 (47.90%) 340,897 (52.10%) 2.2450% 5,582 2.27% 71.08 18.61 5.01
2025 668,290 320,370 (47.94%) 347,920 (52.06%) 2.2450% 5,582 2.27% 71.08 18.61 5.01
2026 682,297 327,379 (47.98%) 354,919 (52.02%) 1.9670% 5,582 2.15% 72.14 17.02 5.31
2027 696,213 334,359 (48.03%) 361,858 (51.98%) 1.9670% 5,582 2.15% 72.14 17.02 5.31
2028 710,031 341,301 (48.07%) 368,739 (51.93%) 1.9670% 5,582 2.15% 72.14 17.02 5.31
2029 723,753 348,201 (48.11%) 375,547 (51.89%) 1.9670% 5,582 2.15% 72.14 17.02 5.31
2030 737,345 355,060 (48.15%) 382,289 (51.85%) 1.9670% 5,582 2.15% 72.14 17.02 5.31
2031 750,832 361,881 (48.20%) 388,953 (51.80%) 1.7190% 5,582 2.05% 73.08 15.70 5.77
2032 764,182 368,636 (48.24%) 395,546 (51.76%) 1.7190% 5,582 2.05% 73.08 15.70 5.77
2033 777,412 375,357 (48.28%) 402,055 (51.72%) 1.7190% 5,582 2.05% 73.08 15.70 5.77
2034 790,526 382,029 (48.33%) 408,497 (51.67%) 1.7190% 5,582 2.05% 73.08 15.70 5.77
2035 803,517 388,653 (48.37%) 414,858 (51.63%) 1.7190% 5,582 2.05% 73.08 15.70 5.77
2036 816,390 395,235 (48.41%) 421,159 (51.59%) 1.5140% 5,582 1.97% 73.97 14.76 6.31
2037 829,150 401,770 (48.46%) 427,380 (51.54%) 1.5140% 5,582 1.97% 73.97 14.76 6.31
2038 841,788 408,246 (48.50%) 433,542 (51.50%) 1.5140% 5,582 1.97% 73.97 14.76 6.31
2039 854,309 414,684 (48.54%) 439,625 (51.46%) 1.5140% 5,582 1.97% 73.97 14.76 6.31
2040 866,711 421,070 (48.58%) 445,641 (51.42%) 1.5140% 5,582 1.97% 73.97 14.76 6.31
2041 878,993 427,397 (48.62%) 451,597 (51.38%) 1.3440% 5,582 1.90% 74.83 14.06 6.86
2042 891,159 433,673 (48.66%) 457,489 (51.34%) 1.3440% 5,582 1.90% 74.83 14.06 6.86
2043 903,205 439,893 (48.70%) 463,310 (51.30%) 1.3440% 5,582 1.90% 74.83 14.06 6.86
2044 915,133 446,062 (48.74%) 469,068 (51.26%) 1.3440% 5,582 1.90% 74.83 14.06 6.86
2045 926,934 452,167 (48.78%) 474,766 (51.22%) 1.3440% 5,582 1.90% 74.83 14.06 6.86
2046 938,629 458,223 (48.82%) 480,396 (51.18%) 1.1950% 5,582 1.85% 75.65 13.49 7.38
2047 950,185 464,222 (48.86%) 485,961 (51.14%) 1.1950% 5,582 1.85% 75.65 13.49 7.38
2048 961,604 470,151 (48.89%) 491,456 (51.11%) 1.1950% 5,582 1.85% 75.65 13.49 7.38
2049 972,893 476,010 (48.93%) 496,877 (51.07%) 1.1950% 5,582 1.85% 75.65 13.49 7.38
2050 984,023 481,797 (48.96%) 502,227 (51.04%) 1.1950% 5,582 1.85% 75.65 13.49 7.38
2051 994,996 487,505 (49.00%) 507,486 (51.00%) 1.0540% 5,582 1.80% 76.44 12.92 7.91
2052 1,005,809 493,129 (49.03%) 512,673 (50.97%) 1.0540% 5,582 1.80% 76.44 12.92 7.91
2053 1,016,457 498,679 (49.06%) 517,781 (50.94%) 1.0540% 5,582 1.80% 76.44 12.92 7.91
2054 1,026,944 504,137 (49.09%) 522,800 (50.91%) 1.0540% 5,582 1.80% 76.44 12.92 7.91
2055 1,037,255 509,511 (49.12%) 527,738 (50.88%) 1.0540% 5,582 1.80% 76.44 12.92 7.91
2056 1,047,391 514,790 (49.15%) 532,595 (50.85%) 0.9240% 5,582 1.78% 77.22 12.40 8.42
2057 1,057,353 519,988 (49.18%) 537,372 (50.82%) 0.9240% 5,582 1.78% 77.22 12.40 8.42
2058 1,067,156 525,096 (49.21%) 542,068 (50.80%) 0.9240% 5,582 1.78% 77.22 12.40 8.42
2059 1,076,797 530,108 (49.23%) 546,689 (50.77%) 0.9240% 5,582 1.78% 77.22 12.40 8.42
2060 1,086,273 535,031 (49.25%) 551,240 (50.75%) 0.9240% 5,582 1.78% 77.22 12.40 8.42
2061 1,095,589 539,870 (49.28%) 555,720 (50.72%) 0.8140% 5,582 1.76% 77.98 11.98 8.88
2062 1,104,759 544,626 (49.30%) 560,135 (50.70%) 0.8140% 5,582 1.76% 77.98 11.98 8.88
2063 1,113,772 549,290 (49.32%) 564,484 (50.68%) 0.8140% 5,582 1.76% 77.98 11.98 8.88
2064 1,122,642 553,879 (49.34%) 568,765 (50.66%) 0.8140% 5,582 1.76% 77.98 11.98 8.88
2065 1,131,375 558,375 (49.35%) 572,997 (50.65%) 0.8140% 5,582 1.76% 77.98 11.98 8.88
2066 1,139,969 562,797 (49.37%) 577,178 (50.63%) 0.7250% 5,582 1.75% 78.75 11.65 9.24
2067 1,148,433 567,141 (49.38%) 581,291 (50.62%) 0.7250% 5,582 1.75% 78.75 11.65 9.24
2068 1,156,774 571,413 (49.40%) 585,368 (50.60%) 0.7250% 5,582 1.75% 78.75 11.65 9.24
2069 1,165,011 575,606 (49.41%) 589,407 (50.59%) 0.7250% 5,582 1.75% 78.75 11.65 9.24
2070 1,173,144 579,730 (49.42%) 593,417 (50.58%) 0.7250% 5,582 1.75% 78.75 11.65 9.24
2071 1,181,185 583,792 (49.42%) 597,391 (50.58%) 0.6600% 5,582 1.74% 79.50 11.41 9.49
2072 1,189,136 587,795 (49.43%) 601,341 (50.57%) 0.6600% 5,582 1.74% 79.50 11.41 9.49
2073 1,196,997 591,731 (49.43%) 605,262 (50.57%) 0.6600% 5,582 1.74% 79.50 11.41 9.49
2074 1,204,788 595,613 (49.44%) 609,164 (50.56%) 0.6600% 5,582 1.74% 79.50 11.41 9.49
2075 1,212,498 599,452 (49.44%) 613,055 (50.56%) 0.6600% 5,582 1.74% 79.50 11.41 9.49
2076 1,220,142 603,225 (49.44%) 616,917 (50.56%) 0.6100% 5,582 1.74% 80.25 11.20 9.63
2077 1,227,713 606,943 (49.44%) 620,770 (50.56%) 0.6100% 5,582 1.74% 80.25 11.20 9.63
2078 1,235,218 610,621 (49.43%) 624,596 (50.57%) 0.6100% 5,582 1.74% 80.25 11.20 9.63
2079 1,242,664 614,249 (49.43%) 628,413 (50.57%) 0.6100% 5,582 1.74% 80.25 11.20 9.63
2080 1,250,044 617,839 (49.43%) 632,207 (50.57%) 0.6100% 5,582 1.74% 80.25 11.20 9.63
2081 1,257,361 621,367 (49.42%) 635,984 (50.58%) 0.5670% 5,582 1.74% 80.99 11.00 9.73
2082 1,264,613 624,870 (49.41%) 639,740 (50.59%) 0.5670% 5,582 1.74% 80.99 11.00 9.73
2083 1,271,800 628,320 (49.40%) 643,480 (50.60%) 0.5670% 5,582 1.74% 80.99 11.00 9.73
2084 1,278,932 631,731 (49.40%) 647,202 (50.60%) 0.5670% 5,582 1.74% 80.99 11.00 9.73
2085 1,286,000 635,099 (49.39%) 650,895 (50.61%) 0.5670% 5,582 1.74% 80.99 11.00 9.73
2086 1,293,005 638,442 (49.38%) 654,564 (50.62%) 0.5280% 5,582 1.74% 81.72 10.82 9.83
2087 1,299,952 641,740 (49.37%) 658,211 (50.63%) 0.5280% 5,582 1.74% 81.72 10.82 9.83
2088 1,306,832 645,011 (49.36%) 661,825 (50.64%) 0.5280% 5,582 1.74% 81.72 10.82 9.83
2089 1,313,661 648,232 (49.35%) 665,423 (50.65%) 0.5280% 5,582 1.74% 81.72 10.82 9.83
2090 1,320,405 651,425 (49.34%) 668,987 (50.67%) 0.5280% 5,582 1.74% 81.72 10.82 9.83
2091 1,327,083 654,571 (49.32%) 672,520 (50.68%) 0.4890% 5,582 1.74% 82.43 10.66 9.95
2092 1,333,688 657,683 (49.31%) 676,015 (50.69%) 0.4890% 5,582 1.74% 82.43 10.66 9.95
2093 1,340,234 660,747 (49.30%) 679,482 (50.70%) 0.4890% 5,582 1.74% 82.43 10.66 9.95
2094 1,346,694 663,773 (49.29%) 682,916 (50.71%) 0.4890% 5,582 1.74% 82.43 10.66 9.95
2095 1,353,069 666,763 (49.28%) 686,310 (50.72%) 0.4890% 5,582 1.74% 82.43 10.66 9.95
2096 1,359,380 669,711 (49.27%) 689,669 (50.73%) 0.4490% 5,582 1.74% 83.11 10.52 10.11
2097 1,365,602 672,616 (49.25%) 692,993 (50.75%) 0.4490% 5,582 1.74% 83.11 10.52 10.11
2098 1,371,751 675,472 (49.24%) 696,280 (50.76%) 0.4490% 5,582 1.74% 83.11 10.52 10.11
2099 1,377,814 678,282 (49.23%) 699,519 (50.77%) 0.4490% 5,582 1.74% 83.11 10.52 10.11
2100 1,383,771 681,045 (49.22%) 702,728 (50.78%) 0.4490% 5,582 1.74% 83.11 10.52 10.11

Historical Population Estimates and Forecast Charts in Western Sahara

Population Growth Rate Charts in Western Sahara

Terminology

Total population is based on the de facto definition of population, which counts all residents regardless of legal status or citizenship. The values shown are midyear estimates.
Annual population growth rate for year t is the exponential rate of growth of midyear population from year t-1 to t, expressed as a percentage .
Fertility rate, total (births per woman): the number of children that would be born to a woman if she were to live to the end of her childbearing years and bear children in accordance with age-specific fertility rates of the specified year.
Net migration is the number of immigrants minus the number of emigrants, including citizens and noncitizens, for 1 year period. It is the net total of migrants during the period, that is, the total number of immigrants less the annual number of emigrants, including both citizens and noncitizens.
Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life. It reflects the overall mortality level of a population, and summarizes the mortality pattern that prevails across all age groups in a given year.
Crude death rate indicates the number of deaths per 1,000 midyear population. It indicates the number of deaths occurring during the year, per 1,000 population estimated at midyear. Subtracting the crude death rate from the crude birth rate provides the rate of natural increase, which is equal to the rate of population change in the absence of migration.
Crude birth rate indicates the number of live births per 1,000 midyear population. It indicates the number of live births occurring during the year, per 1,000 population estimated at midyear. Subtracting the crude death rate from the crude birth rate provides the rate of natural increase, which is equal to the rate of population change in the absence of migration.

Population in all Cities of Western Sahara

City Population
Laayoune 196,331
Dakhla 75,000
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