the census estimates the population at over 29 million

the census estimates the population at over 29 million

Côte d’Ivoire has 29 million inhabitants against just under 24 in 2014. Result of the population census carried out last year and whose data has just been compiled. Since 1975 the population of Côte d’Ivoire has continued to grow, but at a slower pace. And those under 35 still make up ¾ of the population.

With our correspondent in Abidjan, Peter Pinto

29,389,150 inhabitants in 2021. This is the number set by the Ministry of Planning and Development following the population and housing census carried out in November and December 2021, the results of which have just been published. 52% of these inhabitants are men, 48% women. And in Côte d’Ivoire, a household has just over 5 people on average.

Of these 29 million 400,000 inhabitants, 15 million live in cities. It should be noted that Abidjan concentrates 36% of the urban population of Côte d’Ivoire. Another proportion is that of non-Ivorians, historically very high in Côte d’Ivoire. It is 22% compared to 26% in 1998. A proportion that has been in constant decline for 50 years.

Moreover, Côte d’Ivoire retains a young population. More than ¾ of the inhabitants are under 35 years old. Finally, it is a population which is increasing, but which is increasing less and less rapidly. The average annual population growth rate between 1998 and 2021 is 2.9% compared to 3.3% between 1988 and 1998.