Population of South America

Source UN (World Population Prospects 2019)
Date03 Aug 2020

The population of South America is projected to be around 431 million or 430,759,766 people as of July 1, 2020. The total population in South America is estimated close to 427 million or 427,199,446 people in 2019. South America ranks fifth among continents behind Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America.

South America accounts for 5.53 percent of the world population and 65.87 percent of Latin America and the Caribbean. South America's population is 16 mn less than North America, making up 42.11 percent of the total Americas population. South America will add 62 mn more before reaching a peak in 2055 with home to 492.8 mn people. Its global share was maximum in 2004 (5.69%) and is projected to decline below 4% at the end of the century.

South America has the 4th highest population growth rate of 0.83% for 2020 below Africa, Oceania, and the Asia continent. South America had the highest population growth rate during 1950-1966 and will have the lowest growth after 2073. The population growth reached a peak in 1953, with an annual growth rate of 2.73%.

South America will add 3.6 million in 2020, which is 4.38% of the total global population increment. The net increase of the population per year peaked in 1984 with almost 5.44 million.

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South America population projections

Year Population Growth Share (%)
Net Changerate (%)to World
2020430,759,7663,560,3200.835.53
2021434,260,1513,500,3850.815.51
2022437,694,4433,434,2920.795.50
2023441,054,2533,359,8100.775.49
2024444,328,9273,274,6740.745.48
2025447,509,5593,180,6320.725.47
2026450,592,3913,082,8320.695.46
2027453,574,7232,982,3320.665.44
2028456,450,0412,875,3180.635.43
2029459,211,4762,761,4350.605.42
2030461,853,8702,642,3940.585.40
2031464,373,8002,519,9300.555.39
2032466,771,0292,397,2290.525.37
2033469,047,7922,276,7630.495.36
2034471,208,3012,160,5090.465.34
2035473,256,0732,047,7720.435.32
2036475,191,8411,935,7680.415.31
2037477,015,4931,823,6520.385.29
2038478,729,2591,713,7660.365.27
2039480,335,6051,606,3460.345.26
2040481,836,8501,501,2450.315.24
2041483,234,3031,397,4530.295.22
2042484,529,4181,295,1150.275.20
2043485,724,9791,195,5610.255.18
2044486,824,1381,099,1590.235.16
2045487,829,3961,005,2580.215.14
2046488,742,413913,0170.195.13
2047489,563,682821,2690.175.11
2048490,292,938729,2560.155.09
2049490,929,208636,2700.135.07
2050491,471,897542,6890.115.05
2051491,921,470449,5730.095.03
2052492,278,818357,3480.075.01
2053492,544,108265,2900.054.99
2054492,717,377173,2690.044.97
2055492,798,91281,5350.024.95
2056492,789,361-9,5510.004.93
2057492,689,193-100,168-0.024.91
2058492,498,675-190,518-0.044.89
2059492,217,871-280,804-0.064.87
2060491,847,231-370,640-0.084.85
2061491,387,728-459,503-0.094.82
2062490,840,624-547,104-0.114.80
2063490,207,092-633,532-0.134.78
2064489,488,463-718,629-0.154.76
2065488,686,263-802,200-0.164.74
2066487,802,167-884,096-0.184.71
2067486,838,104-964,063-0.204.69
2068485,796,639-1,041,465-0.214.67
2069484,680,650-1,115,989-0.234.65
2070483,492,895-1,187,755-0.254.62
2071482,236,145-1,256,750-0.264.60
2072480,912,972-1,323,173-0.274.58
2073479,525,642-1,387,330-0.294.55
2074478,076,484-1,449,158-0.304.53
2075476,568,196-1,508,288-0.324.51
2076475,003,319-1,564,877-0.334.48
2077473,385,424-1,617,895-0.344.46
2078471,719,260-1,666,164-0.354.43
2079470,010,210-1,709,050-0.364.41
2080468,263,110-1,747,100-0.374.39
2081466,481,353-1,781,757-0.384.36
2082464,667,580-1,813,773-0.394.34
2083462,824,718-1,842,862-0.404.32
2084460,955,389-1,869,329-0.404.29
2085459,062,166-1,893,223-0.414.27
2086457,147,812-1,914,354-0.424.25
2087455,214,888-1,932,924-0.424.22
2088453,265,688-1,949,200-0.434.20
2089451,302,423-1,963,265-0.434.18
2090449,327,152-1,975,271-0.444.16
2091447,341,846-1,985,306-0.444.13
2092445,348,457-1,993,389-0.454.11
2093443,348,750-1,999,707-0.454.09
2094441,344,505-2,004,245-0.454.07
2095439,337,230-2,007,275-0.454.05
2096437,328,346-2,008,884-0.464.03
2097435,319,201-2,009,145-0.464.01
2098433,310,907-2,008,294-0.463.99
2099431,304,441-2,006,466-0.463.97
2100429,300,722-2,003,719-0.463.95

South America population estimates

Year Population Growth Share (%)
Net Changerate (%)to World
1950113,765,206--4.49
1951116,853,6773,088,4712.714.52
1952120,043,2093,189,5322.734.56
1953123,321,7393,278,5302.734.61
1954126,681,7383,359,9992.724.65
1955130,120,2023,438,4642.714.69
1956133,638,9073,518,7052.704.73
1957137,244,2193,605,3122.704.78
1958140,946,1043,701,8852.704.82
1959144,756,6433,810,5392.704.86
1960148,685,6933,929,0502.714.90
1961152,735,9144,050,2212.724.94
1962156,898,8544,162,9402.734.98
1963161,152,9094,254,0552.715.02
1964165,468,5634,315,6542.685.05
1965169,823,1814,354,6182.635.09
1966174,212,4184,389,2372.585.11
1967178,638,4914,426,0732.545.14
1968183,094,3544,455,8632.495.16
1969187,573,6354,479,2812.455.17
1970192,073,9354,500,3002.405.19
1971196,589,3224,515,3872.355.21
1972201,125,7774,536,4552.315.22
1973205,707,8274,582,0502.285.24
1974210,369,1324,661,3052.275.25
1975215,134,4114,765,2792.275.27
1976220,007,8104,873,3992.275.30
1977224,983,2924,975,4822.265.32
1978230,061,5515,078,2592.265.34
1979235,240,5135,178,9622.255.37
1980240,515,2505,274,7372.245.40
1981245,886,7755,371,5252.235.42
1982251,346,3805,459,6052.225.44
1983256,866,4165,520,0362.205.47
1984262,410,9465,544,5302.165.49
1985267,951,8485,540,9022.115.50
1986273,476,2695,524,4212.065.51
1987278,983,2055,506,9362.015.52
1988284,470,9055,487,7001.975.53
1989289,942,1875,471,2821.925.54
1990295,398,2055,456,0181.885.55
1991300,829,4545,431,2491.845.56
1992306,228,6195,399,1651.795.57
1993311,601,6165,372,9971.755.58
1994316,958,2695,356,6531.725.60
1995322,302,3125,344,0431.695.61
1996327,635,1445,332,8321.655.62
1997332,943,5125,308,3681.625.64
1998338,199,1035,255,5911.585.65
1999343,364,5425,165,4391.535.66
2000348,411,8835,047,3411.475.67
2001353,333,5324,921,6491.415.68
2002358,133,2094,799,6771.365.68
2003362,809,7034,676,4941.315.69
2004367,365,3174,555,6141.265.69
2005371,804,6554,439,3381.215.68
2006376,122,7874,318,1321.165.68
2007380,325,0604,202,2731.125.67
2008384,439,4824,114,4221.085.66
2009388,503,3394,063,8571.065.65
2010392,543,7094,040,3701.045.64
2011396,571,7644,028,0551.035.63
2012400,581,5834,009,8191.015.62
2013404,561,9633,980,3800.995.61
2014408,493,7693,931,8060.975.60
2015412,362,6813,868,9120.955.59
2016416,164,8563,802,1750.925.58
2017419,903,9183,739,0620.905.56
2018423,581,0783,677,1600.885.55
2019427,199,4463,618,3680.855.54