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Côte d'Ivoire: Cote d'Ivoire People Profile

2015/10/01

 

The total people in Ivory Coast was last recorded at 22.7 million people in 2014 from 3.5 million in 1960, changing 553 % during the last 50 years. People in Ivory Coast averaged 11.29 Million from 1960 until 2014, reaching an all time high of 22.67 Million in 2014 and a record low of 3.47 Million in 1960. People in Ivory Coast is reported by the Institut National de la Statistique de Côte d'Ivoire.

Ivory Coast, officially the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, is a country in West Africa bordered by Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea, Liberia and the Gulf of Guinea. In 2015, Ivory Coast has an estimated people of 21.6 million, which ranks 59th in the world.

The last census in Ivory Coast took place in 1998 and found a people of 15.37 million, up from the 6.7 million people in the country at the initial census in 1975. Today, Ivory Coast has a people density of 64 people per square kilometer (166/square mile), which ranks 139th in the world.

The major city is Abidjan, a port city with a people estimated at 4.5 million and a metro people exceeding 5.1 million. Abidjan is the 3rd major French-speaking city in the world next Paris and Kinshasa, and only Lagos has a larger people in West Africa. The capital of Ivory Coast is Yamoussoukro, which has a people of 355,000, which makes it the country's 4th most populous city.

Ivory Coast Demographics

Ivory Coast is home to a lot of ethnic groups. The major is the Akan at 42%. Akans are an indigenous ethnic group, but not a racially homogeneous ethnicity. The next major ethnic groups are the Gur (17.6%), Northern Mandes (16.5%), Krous (11%), Southern Mandes (10%). There are about 30,000 Lebanese and 45,000 French as well. About 4% of the people is non-African, which includes French, Lebanese, Vietnamese and Spanish residents, along with missionaries from the U.S. and Canada.

77% of the people are considered Ivorians, and represent a lot of cultural and linguistic groups. There are around 65 languages spoken in Ivory Coast, but the majority common is Dyula, which is spoken by most of the Muslim people.

The native born of Ivory Coast are split into Muslim (38.6%), Christian (32.8%) and animist or indigenous religion (28%). Ivory Coast is one of the majority economically successful nations in West Africa, and about 20% of its people is workers from neighboring nations Guinea, Burkina Faso and Liberia.

A government survey in 2012 found the country has a fertility rate of 5.0, which is just 3.7 in urban areas like the capital but 6.3 children per woman in the rural areas. Ivory Coast has a life expectancy of 41 for men and 47 for women, with a high infant mortality rate of 118 per 1,000 live births.

Ivory Coast is currently growing at a rate of 2.5% per year.