Nigeria has the largest population in Africa followed by Ethiopia, DR Congo, Egypt, and South Africa.
Seven (7) countries in Africa have populations greater than 50 million. Thirty (30) countries have populations greater than 10 million. Nigeria and Ethiopia account for roughly 25% of Africa’s population. This article shall look at the top 10 most populated African countries(2023).
2020 was the year the United Nations estimates that Africa will have a population of 1.2 billion people. Today, the population of African stand at a staggering 1.4B (2023).
This compares with just around 300 million in 1950. In terms of population growth, Africa is currently one of the fastest-growing regions in the world.
The continent is experiencing its highest growth rate in modern history.
This is largely due to declining infant mortality rates in recent decades, thanks to improved medical care and public health initiatives, as well as increased access to contraceptives.
As such, 60 million babies were born in Africa in 2016 alone. This figure is particularly significant when compared to global birth rates across the rest of the world, which stood at 233 million over the same period.
Indeed, the rapid growth of Africa’s population will continue for years to come, with conservative estimates predicting that by 2050, there will be over two billion and four hundred (2.4B) people living on the continent.
However, we will be discussing the top 10 most populated countries in Africa in this article. Are you ready?
1. Nigeria – 214,671,302
Nigeria is the number one most populated country in Africa. It is home to over 214 million inhabitants.
Nigeria’s population increases by about 2.58% yearly. That’s over 5.5 million every year, according to recent research.
Its World’s Share (world’s population) is about 2.64% which makes it the 7th most populous country in the world.
2. Ethiopia – 117, 876,000
Ethiopia is the second-largest country in Africa by population. It is located in the east part of the continent.
It is one of the fastest-growing countries in Africa. Ethiopia has a population of over 117 million people and an annual growth rate of 2.57%.
3. Egypt – 105,558,680
Egypt is the third-largest country in Africa. It has a population of over 105 million, and a large portion of its people resides in Cairo and cities along River Nile.
Egypt’s world share is about 1.31% and has an annual growth rate of 1.94%. That’s about an increase of 2 million people yearly.
It is one of the most visited countries in Africa.
4. The Democratic Republic of Congo – 94,106,628
At number four on the list, the Democratic Republic of Congo has a population of over 90 million people.
With a yearly increase of 3.19%, Congo remains one of the fastest-growing countries in Africa.
5. South Africa – 68,955,864
With a population of over 68 million, South Africa ranked as the fifth-largest country in Africa.
It has an annual growth population of 1.28% (over 800,000 yearly). Official figures suggest that the country is not growing rapidly like others.
6. Tanzania – 62,716,338
Tanzania is located in the East of Africa and borders the Indian Ocean.
It is home for over 62 million people with a 2.98% (over 1.8 million people) increase in its population yearly.
7. Kenya – 56,295,993
Kenya is also located in the East of Africa with a population of over 56 million residents who are majorly below 30 years of age.
It has the most rapidly-growing economy in Africa and is one of the youngest nations in Africa.
8. Uganda – 48,267,103
Uganda is a country entirely surrounded by land located in the East of Africa.
With a population of over 48 million residents and an annual increase of 3.32% (over 1.5 million people), it is one of the fastest-growing countries in Africa.
9. Algeria – 45,291,290
Algeria is the largest country in Africa by land.
It has a population of over 45 million inhabitants and an annual population growth of 1.85% (over 1.4 million people).
Algeria is much of a desert, and most of its residents live in urban areas and around water sources.
10. Sudan – 43,849,269
Sudan is a North African country that borders South Sudan and Egypt.
Despite its population of over 43 million, it is one of the most populous countries in Africa.
African Countries By Population
|4||The Democratic Republic of the Congo||94,106,628|
|38||Central African Republic||4,745,190|
|53||Sao Tome and Principe||215,060|