Top 10 Latest Most Populated Country in Africa

Most Populated Country in Africa: World Population Review, a population data organization, noted that more than half of the world’s expected population growth between now and 2050 is expected to come from just eight countries,, 5 of which are African: DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Tanzania.

Africa is the second largest continent by geographic area and the second most populous continent in the world, with an area of approximately 30 million km2.

The continent of Africa is synonymous with varied cultures, peoples, beliefs and an abundance of natural resources.

The majority of the African population is young, with over 50% of the population below or at 20 years of age. The population density of Africa is 30.51 people per square kilometer. Africa is made up of 54 countries. Here is a brief overview of the top 10 latest most populated country in Africa;

Top 10 Latest Most Populated Country in Africa

Rank Country Population 
1 Nigeria 220,075,973
2 Ethiopia 122,731,170
3 Egypt 107,602,627
4 Dr Congo 96,879,108
5 South Africa 60,414,495
6 Tanzania 63.9 million
7 Kenya 57,001,543
8 Uganda 48,582,334
9 Algeria 44.18 million
10 Sudan 46,641,667

1. Nigeria

The current population of Nigeria is 220,075,973  based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.

Nigeria is the most populated country in Africa and the 7th most populous country in the world. It is also one of the most densely populated countries in Africa, with approximately 218.5 million people in an area of 923,768 km2 (356,669 sq mi). 218,541,212 (2022 est.) 2.53% (2022 est.)

2. Ethiopia 

Ethiopia is an eastern Africa landlocked country located in the horn of Africa. Ethiopia is the second most most populated country in Africa.

The current population of Ethiopia is 122,731,170 based on  the latest United Nations data. Ethiopia 2020 population is estimated at 114,963,588 people at mid year according to UN data.

Ethiopia has one of the fastest growing populations at an annual growth rate of 2.6%. The country is home to over 80 ethnic groups of multiple origins such as Cushitic and Afro-Asiatic.

3. Egypt

The current population of Egypt is 107,602,627 million people and is the third largest country by population in Africa. The majority of the populace lives along the River Nile and in major cities such as Cairo.

The Egyptian population is about 7.68% of the African population. The country has an annual population growth rate of 2.29 percent which represents an increase of 1.8 million people per year.

4. Democratic Republic of the Congo 

Democratic Republic of the Congo is about 2.5 times bigger than Nigeria. Nigeria is approximately 923,768 sq km, while Democratic Republic of the Congo is approximately 2,344,858 sq km, making Democratic Republic of the Congo 154% larger than Nigeria.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is the second-largest country in Africa by land area and the fourth largest by population. The current population of the DR Congo is 96,879,108.

The Democratic Republic of Congo demographics is one of the fastest growing populations in Africa and the world.

 5. South Africa

The current population of South Africa  is 60,414,495, a 0.87% increase from 2022. The population of South Africa in 2022 was 59,893,885, a 0.84% increase from 2021. The population of South Africa in 2021 was 59,392,255, a 1% increase from 2020. The total population of South Africa constitutes 4.77% of the African population. According to Statistics South Africa, white South Africans make up 7.7% (2022) of the total population in South Africa. South Africa is one of the most developed countries in Africa.

6. Tanzania 

Tanzania is approximately 947,300 sq km, while Nigeria is approximately 923,768 sq km, making Nigeria 97.52% the size of Tanzania. Meanwhile, the population of Tanzania is ~63.9 million people.

Tanzania population is equivalent to 0.77% of the total world population. Tanzania ranks number 24 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population. The population density in Tanzania is 67 per Km2 (175 people per mi2).

7. Kenya

Kenya is an East African country and the largest economy in the region. The current population of Kenya is 57,001,543. The majority of the population is made up of young people below the age of 30. The population of Kenya is expected to double by the year 2040.

8. Uganda 

The current population of Uganda is 48,582,334. Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa. The country has one of the youngest and most rapidly growing populations in the world. With an annual population growth rate of 3.61 percent, Uganda adds close to 1.2 million people per year.

9. Algeria

Algeria is located in the north of the continent. It is the largest country in Africa in terms of land area. Much of Algeria is desert and most of the communities live near urban areas and along water sources. The country has a population of around 44.18 million people. Algeria has an annual population growth rate of 2.11 percent. The population is expected to double by the year 2050.

10. Sudan

Sudan is a North African country that borders South Sudan to the South and Egypt to the North. It is among the most populous countries in Africa. The current population of Sudan is 46,641,667. Although most of the land in Sudan is arid, many major settlements exist along riverbanks.

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