The 10 Most Populated Countries In Africa


African’s population is estimated at around 1.2 billion people. African continent can be linked to people’s various culture and beliefs it also has abundance and supplication of natural resources.

Africa’s major population bracket is the youth, these young people take over 50% of the population And they are at or below 20 years of age.

Africa has a population density of 31 people per square kilometer. The African continent is made up of 54 countries. So let’s take a look at a brief summary of these 10 most populated countries in Africa. This is according to data extracted from the World Bank.

Africa is the second-largest and second-most-populous continent in the world, following Asia.

It covers 6 percent of Earth’s total surface area, and 20 percent of its land area, at about 30,3 million km2 including neighboring islands.

It accounts for about 16 percent of the world’s human population with 1.3 billion people as of 2018.

Nigeria is the most populated country in Africa, followed by Egypt, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

  • Nigeria -195,874,740
  •  Ethiopia -109,224,559
  • Egypt -98,423,595
  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo -84,068,091
  • South Africa -57,779,622
  • Tanzania -56,318,348
  • Kenya -51,393,010
  • Uganda -42,723,139
  • Algeria -42,228,429
  • Sudan -41,801,533

With a total population of 181 million people, Nigeria is the most populated country in Africa. Ethiopia is the continent’s second-most densely populated country with 103 million inhabitants. The most populated country in Africa, after Ethiopia, is Egypt, which has a population of 89 million.

10. Sudan – 41,801,533

Sudan is a North African country bordering on southern Sudan, and northward Egypt. With a population of around 41 million people, it is one of the most densely populated countries in Africa.

9. Algeria – 42,228,429

Algeria is situated in the northern part of the continent. In terms of the land area it is the largest country in Africa.

Most of Algeria is desert and most people live in the vicinity of urban and water sources. The nation has an estimated population of 42 million.

Algeria has a 2.11 percent annual population growth rate. In 2050 the population is projected to double.

8. Uganda – 42,723,139

Uganda is a famous East African country popularly known for its agricultural products like cotton, tobacco, and tea.

Uganda is a landlocked country with a population of about 42 million in East Africa. The country has been listed as one of the world’s youngest, and fastest-growing populations.

Uganda adds nearly 1.2 million people per year with an average population growth rate of 3.61 percent.

Uganda is a religiously tolerant country with the most professed faith being Christianity.

About 84 percent of the population was Christian, while about 14 percent of the population conformed to Islam, making it the biggest minority faith, from the 2014 census reports.

7. Kenya – 51,393,010

Kenya is a country in eastern Africa, and it is the region’s largest economy. This country has a population of 51 million people or 3.69 percent of the total African population.

The majority of the population consists of young people below 30 years of age. By the year 2040, Kenya’s population is expected to multiply.

It might not be the safest country as Tourists were the target of carjacking, robbery and kidnapping as they traveled to or from Nairobi and Mombasa international airports. 16.9 percent of the population in Kenya lives below the poverty line.

This extreme poverty is caused primarily by an undiversified economy, corruption by governments health problems and a water crisis

6. Tanzania – 56,318,348

Tanzania is a country in East Africa bordering the Indian Ocean to the east. It has a populace of 56 million, with a vast majority of youths.

Tanzania has a 2.69 percent annual population growth rate that is one of the fastest in the world. Tanzania’s population is estimated to double during the next 26 years.

In general, Tanzania is a peaceful, trouble-free country. That said, you must take the regular precautions and catch up with travel advisories from the government. Also avoid isolated areas, especially secluded stretches of beach.

It is home in tourism for the tallest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro, which stands at more than 5,000 feet above sea level.

5. South Africa – 57,779,622

The total population of South Africa constitutes 4.77% of the African population. South Africa is one of the most developed countries in Africa. South Africa’s total population represents 4.77 percent of the African population.

South Africa is among Africa’s most developed countries. South Africa has a record for high levels of crime, including rape and assassination.

The risk to international visitors is minimal since most violent crime occurs in tourist areas that are “no go” zones.

4. Democratic Republic of the Congo – 84,068,091

The Democratic Republic of Congo is the second-largest country by land area in Africa, and the fourth largest by population, home to more than 84 million people.

Over the last two decades, this Central African country has undergone a rapid population growth where the population increased from 39 million in 1992 to 66 million in 2009. The demographics of The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of Africa and the world’s fastest-growing populations.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is theoretically one of the richest countries on earth, but it has become one of the poorest countries through colonialism, slavery, and corruption

3. Egypt – 98,423,595

Egypt has a 98 million-strong population and is the third-largest populated country in Africa. Many people live along the Nile River and in major cities like Cairo.

The population of Egypt is around 7.68 percent of the African population. The country has a 2.29 percent yearly population growth rate which reflects an increase of 1.8 million people per year. Egypt is known for its ancient monuments like the Pyramids and the Sphinx.

2. Ethiopia – 109,224,559

Ethiopia is a landlocked country in eastern Africa located in Africa’s horn. With 109 million inhabitants, it is the second-populous country in Africa. Ethiopia has one of the rapidly growing populations at 2.6 percent annual growth rate.

The nation is home to over 80 multi-origin ethnic groups including Cushitic and Afro-Asiatic. Ethiopians are probably renowned for being great long-distance runners because of the high altitude in the country.

1. Nigeria – 195,874,740

Nigeria is the country with the most populations in Africa. The 195 million people living in Nigeria make up about 15.98 percent of the African population as a whole.

Nigeria’s population grows by nearly 5.5 million people each year. The growth of the population has seen Nigeria become the world’s seventh most populous country.


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