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Zambia PEOPLE 2018

SOURCE: 2018 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Zambia PEOPLE 2018
SOURCE: 2018 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on February 28, 2018

Population:
15.972 million
note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality, higher death rates, lower population growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected (July 2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 69
[see also: Population country ranks ]

Nationality:
noun: Zambian(s)
adjective: Zambian

Ethnic groups:
Bemba 21%, Tonga 13.6%, Chewa 7.4%, Lozi 5.7%, Nsenga 5.3%, Tumbuka 4.4%, Ngoni 4%, Lala 3.1%, Kaonde 2.9%, Namwanga 2.8%, Lunda (north Western) 2.6%, Mambwe 2.5%, Luvale 2.2%, Lamba 2.1%, Ushi 1.9%, Lenje 1.6%, Bisa 1.6%, Mbunda 1.2%, other 13.8%, unspecified 0.4% (2010 est.)

Languages:
Bembe 33.4%, Nyanja 14.7%, Tonga 11.4%, Lozi 5.5%, Chewa 4.5%, Nsenga 2.9%, Tumbuka 2.5%, Lunda (North Western) 1.9%, Kaonde 1.8%, Lala 1.8%, Lamba 1.8%, English (official) 1.7%, Luvale 1.5%, Mambwe 1.3%, Namwanga 1.2%, Lenje 1.1%, Bisa 1%, other 9.7%, unspecified 0.2%
note: Zambia is said to have over 70 languages, although many of these may be considered dialects; all of Zambia's major languages are members of the Bantu family (2010 est.)

Religions:
Protestant 75.3%, Roman Catholic 20.2%, other 2.7% (includes Muslim Buddhist, Hindu, and Baha'i), none 1.8% (2010 est.)

Demographic profile:
Zambia’s poor, youthful population consists primarily of Bantu-speaking people representing nearly 70 different ethnicities. Zambia’s high fertility rate continues to drive rapid population growth, averaging almost 3 percent annually between 2000 and 2010. The country’s total fertility rate has fallen by less than 1.5 children per woman during the last 30 years and still averages among the world’s highest, almost 6 children per woman, largely because of the country’s lack of access to family planning services, education for girls, and employment for women. Zambia also exhibits wide fertility disparities based on rural or urban location, education, and income. Poor, uneducated women from rural areas are more likely to marry young, to give birth early, and to have more children, viewing children as a sign of prestige and recognizing that not all of their children will live to adulthood. HIV/AIDS is prevalent in Zambia and contributes to its low life expectancy. Zambian emigration is low compared to many other African countries and is comprised predominantly of the well-educated. The small amount of brain drain, however, has a major impact in Zambia because of its limited human capital and lack of educational infrastructure for developing skilled professionals in key fields. For example, Zambia has few schools for training doctors, nurses, and other health care workers. Its spending on education is low compared to other sub-Saharan countries.

Age structure:
0-14 years: 46.03% (male 3,693,255/female 3,657,890)
[see also: Age structure - 0-14 years country ranks ]
15-24 years: 20% (male 1,595,628/female 1,598,065)
[see also: Age structure - 15-24 years country ranks ]
25-54 years: 28.72% (male 2,310,961/female 2,276,018)
[see also: Age structure - 25-54 years country ranks ]
55-64 years: 2.93% (male 217,954/female 250,134)
[see also: Age structure - 55-64 years country ranks ]
65 years and over: 2.33% (male 162,605/female 209,490) (2017 est.)

population pyramid:
A population pyramid illustrates the age and sex structure of a country's population and may provide insights about political and social stability, as well as economic development. The population is distributed along the horizontal axis, with males shown on the left and females on the right. The male and female populations are broken down into 5-year age groups represented as horizontal bars along the vertical axis, with the youngest age groups at the bottom and the oldest at the top. The shape of the population pyramid gradually evolves over time based on fertility, mortality, and international migration trends.

For additional information, please see the entry for Population pyramid on the Definitions and Notes page under the References tab.

Dependency ratios:
total dependency ratio: 91.9
[see also: Dependency ratios - total dependency ratio country ranks ]
youth dependency ratio: 87.1
[see also: Dependency ratios - youth dependency ratio country ranks ]
elderly dependency ratio: 4.8
[see also: Dependency ratios - elderly dependency ratio country ranks ]
potential support ratio: 20.8 (2015 est.)
[see also: Dependency ratios - potential support ratio country ranks ]

Median age:
total: 16.8 years
[see also: Median age - total country ranks ]
male: 16.6 years
[see also: Median age - male country ranks ]
female: 16.9 years (2017 est.)
[see also: Median age - female country ranks ]
country comparison to the world: 224

Population growth rate:
2.93% (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 9
[see also: Population growth rate country ranks ]

Birth rate:
41.5 births/1,000 population (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 5
[see also: Birth rate country ranks ]

Death rate:
12.2 deaths/1,000 population (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 20
[see also: Death rate country ranks ]

Net migration rate:
0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 71
[see also: Net migration rate country ranks ]

Population distribution:
one of the highest levels of urbanization in Africa; high density in the central area, particularly around the cities of Lusaka, Ndola, Kitwe, and Mufulira

Urbanization:
urban population: 41.8% of total population (2017)
[see also: Urbanization - urban population country ranks ]
rate of urbanization: 4.35% annual rate of change (2015-20 est.)
[see also: Urbanization - rate of urbanization country ranks ]

Major urban areas - population:
LUSAKA (capital) 2.179 million (2015)

Sex ratio:
at birth: 1.02 male(s)/female
[see also: Sex ratio - at birth country ranks ]
0-14 years: 1.01 male(s)/female
[see also: Sex ratio - 0-14 years country ranks ]
15-24 years: 1 male(s)/female
[see also: Sex ratio - 15-24 years country ranks ]
25-54 years: 1.02 male(s)/female
[see also: Sex ratio - 25-54 years country ranks ]
55-64 years: 0.88 male(s)/female
[see also: Sex ratio - 55-64 years country ranks ]
65 years and over: 0.76 male(s)/female
[see also: Sex ratio - 65 years and over country ranks ]
total population: 1 male(s)/female (2017 est.)
[see also: Sex ratio - total population country ranks ]

Mother's mean age at first birth:
19.2 years
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2013/14 est.)

Maternal mortality ratio:
224 deaths/100,000 live births (2015 est.)
country comparison to the world: 48
[see also: Maternal mortality ratio country ranks ]

Infant mortality rate:
total: 61.1 deaths/1,000 live births
[see also: Infant mortality rate - total country ranks ]
male: 66.4 deaths/1,000 live births
[see also: Infant mortality rate - male country ranks ]
female: 55.6 deaths/1,000 live births (2017 est.)
[see also: Infant mortality rate - female country ranks ]
country comparison to the world: 16

Life expectancy at birth:
total population: 52.7 years
[see also: Life expectancy at birth - total population country ranks ]
male: 51.1 years
[see also: Life expectancy at birth - male country ranks ]
female: 54.4 years (2017 est.)
[see also: Life expectancy at birth - female country ranks ]
country comparison to the world: 219
[See also: Healthy Life Expectancy ]
[See also: Health Performance ]

Total fertility rate:
5.63 children born/woman (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 8
[see also: Total fertility rate country ranks ]

Contraceptive prevalence rate:
49% (2013/14)
[see also: Contraceptive prevalence rate country ranks ]

Health expenditures:
5% of GDP (2014)
country comparison to the world: 141
[see also: Health expenditures country ranks ]

Physicians density:
0.16 physicians/1,000 population (2012)
[see also: Physicians density country ranks ]

Hospital bed density:
2 beds/1,000 population (2010)
[see also: Hospital bed density country ranks ]

Drinking water source:
improved: urban: 85.6% of population rural: 51.3% of population total: 65.4% of population
unimproved: urban: 14.4% of population rural: 48.7% of population total: 34.6% of population (2015 est.)

Sanitation facility access:
improved: urban: 55.6% of population rural: 35.7% of population total: 43.9% of population
unimproved: urban: 44.4% of population rural: 64.3% of population total: 56.1% of population (2015 est.)

HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:
12.4% (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 7
[see also: HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate country ranks ]

HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:
1.2 million (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 9
[see also: HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS country ranks ]

HIV/AIDS - deaths:
21,000 (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 13
[see also: HIV/AIDS - deaths country ranks ]

Major infectious diseases:
degree of risk: very high
food or waterborne diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever
vectorborne diseases: malaria and dengue fever
water contact disease: schistosomiasis
animal contact disease: rabies (2016)

Obesity - adult prevalence rate:
8.1% (2016)
country comparison to the world: 155
[see also: Obesity - adult prevalence rate country ranks ]

Children under the age of 5 years underweight:
14.8% (2013)
country comparison to the world: 49
[see also: Children under the age of 5 years underweight country ranks ]

Education expenditures:
1.1% of GDP (2008)
country comparison to the world: 170

Literacy:
definition: age 15 and over can read and write English
total population: 63.4%
[see also: Literacy - total population country ranks ]
male: 70.9%
[see also: Literacy - male country ranks ]
female: 56% (2015 est.)
[see also: Literacy - female country ranks ]

Unemployment, youth ages 15-24
total: 15.2%
[see also: Unemployment, youth ages 15-24 - total country ranks ]
male: 14.6%
[see also: Unemployment, youth ages 15-24 - male country ranks ]
female: 15.8% (2012 est.)
[see also: Unemployment, youth ages 15-24 - female country ranks ]
country comparison to the world: 87


NOTE: 1) The information regarding Zambia on this page is re-published from the 2018 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Zambia PEOPLE 2018 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Zambia PEOPLE 2018 should be addressed to the CIA.
2) The rank that you see is the CIA reported rank, which may habe the following issues:
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  b) The CIA sometimes assignes counterintuitive ranks. For example, it assigns unemployment rates in increasing order, whereas we rank them in decreasing order






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