Population of Western Sahara

Source UN (World Population Prospects 2019)
Date23 Aug 2021

The current population of Western Sahara is 632,253 as of May 20, 2024, based on interpolation of the latest United Nations data. The population of Western Sahara is projected at 611,875 or 611.88 thousands as of July 1, 2021. The total population in Western Sahara is projected at 597,339 or 597.34 thousands people for the year 2020. Western Sahara ranks number 170th in the world by population in the list of 235 countries/territories. Western Sahara is ranked 53rd among 58 countries in Africa.

Western Sahara's population will be increased year by year. The Western Sahara population is projected to reach 737.3 thousand in 2030 and increase to 984.0 thousand in 2050 and 1.38 million by 2100. Western Sahara accounts for 0.0078 percent of the world population. However, its global share increased by 0.0006% in 1951 and is projected to increase by 0.0127% by 2100.

Western Sahara was at 211th position globally in 1950, and its rank is projected to increase to 154th in 2100.

  • Population
  • Growth rate
  • Net change

Western Sahara population projections

Year Population Growth Share (%)
Net Changerate (%)to World
2020597,33914,8762.550.0075
2021611,87514,5362.430.0076
2022626,16114,2862.330.0077
2023640,25414,0932.250.0078
2024654,26714,0132.190.0079
2025668,29014,0232.140.0080
2026682,29714,0072.100.0081
2027696,21313,9162.040.0082
2028710,03113,8181.980.0083
2029723,75313,7221.930.0084
2030737,34513,5921.880.0085
2031750,83213,4871.830.0086
2032764,18213,3501.780.0087
2033777,41213,2301.730.0088
2034790,52613,1141.690.0088
2035803,51712,9911.640.0089
2036816,39012,8731.600.0090
2037829,15012,7601.560.0091
2038841,78812,6381.520.0092
2039854,30912,5211.490.0092
2040866,71112,4021.450.0093
2041878,99312,2821.420.0094
2042891,15912,1661.380.0095
2043903,20512,0461.350.0095
2044915,13311,9281.320.0096
2045926,93411,8011.290.0097
2046938,62911,6951.260.0098
2047950,18511,5561.230.0098
2048961,60411,4191.200.0099
2049972,89311,2891.170.0100
2050984,02311,1301.140.0100
2051994,99610,9731.120.0101
20521,005,80910,8131.090.0102
20531,016,45710,6481.060.0103
20541,026,94410,4871.030.0103
20551,037,25510,3111.000.0104
20561,047,39110,1360.980.0105
20571,057,3539,9620.950.0105
20581,067,1569,8030.930.0106
20591,076,7979,6410.900.0107
20601,086,2739,4760.880.0107
20611,095,5899,3160.860.0108
20621,104,7599,1700.840.0109
20631,113,7729,0130.820.0109
20641,122,6428,8700.800.0110
20651,131,3758,7330.780.0110
20661,139,9698,5940.760.0111
20671,148,4338,4640.740.0112
20681,156,7748,3410.730.0112
20691,165,0118,2370.710.0113
20701,173,1448,1330.700.0114
20711,181,1858,0410.690.0114
20721,189,1367,9510.670.0115
20731,196,9977,8610.660.0115
20741,204,7887,7910.650.0116
20751,212,4987,7100.640.0117
20761,220,1427,6440.630.0117
20771,227,7137,5710.620.0118
20781,235,2187,5050.610.0119
20791,242,6647,4460.600.0119
20801,250,0447,3800.590.0120
20811,257,3617,3170.590.0121
20821,264,6137,2520.580.0121
20831,271,8007,1870.570.0122
20841,278,9327,1320.560.0123
20851,286,0007,0680.550.0123
20861,293,0057,0050.540.0124
20871,299,9526,9470.540.0125
20881,306,8326,8800.530.0125
20891,313,6616,8290.520.0126
20901,320,4056,7440.510.0127
20911,327,0836,6780.510.0127
20921,333,6886,6050.500.0128
20931,340,2346,5460.490.0129
20941,346,6946,4600.480.0130
20951,353,0696,3750.470.0130
20961,359,3806,3110.470.0131
20971,365,6026,2220.460.0132
20981,371,7516,1490.450.0133
20991,377,8146,0630.44inf
21001,383,7715,9570.43inf

Western Sahara population estimates

Year Population Growth Share (%)
Net Changerate (%)to World
195013,766--0.0006
195116,0622,29616.680.0006
195217,5701,5089.390.0007
195318,7261,1566.580.0007
195419,8371,1115.930.0007
195521,1471,3106.600.0008
195622,7941,6477.790.0008
195724,8342,0408.950.0009
195827,2322,3989.660.0009
195929,9122,6809.840.0010
196032,7612,8499.520.0011
196135,7242,9639.040.0012
196238,8493,1258.750.0012
196342,3083,4598.900.0013
196446,3144,0069.470.0014
196550,9704,65610.050.0015
196656,6265,65611.100.0017
196763,1256,49911.480.0018
196869,4766,35110.060.0020
196974,3374,8617.000.0021
197076,8742,5373.410.0021
197176,372-502-0.650.0020
197273,485-2,887-3.780.0019
197370,404-3,081-4.190.0018
197470,212-192-0.270.0018
197574,9544,7426.750.0018
197685,61910,66514.230.0021
1977101,18615,56718.180.0024
1978119,33018,14417.930.0028
1979136,69917,36914.560.0031
1980150,87714,17810.370.0034
1981161,06210,1856.750.0036
1982168,0586,9964.340.0036
1983172,9024,8442.880.0037
1984177,2734,3712.530.0037
1985182,4215,1482.900.0038
1986188,6086,1873.390.0038
1987195,4386,8303.620.0039
1988202,7267,2883.730.0040
1989210,0807,3543.630.0040
1990217,2587,1783.420.0041
1991224,3837,1253.280.0042
1992231,7277,3443.270.0042
1993239,3297,6023.280.0043
1994247,2577,9283.310.0044
1995255,6348,3773.390.0045
1996264,1088,4743.310.0045
1997272,8408,7323.310.0046
1998283,08310,2433.750.0047
1999296,51213,4294.740.0049
2000314,11817,6065.940.0051
2001336,65122,5337.170.0054
2002363,22726,5767.890.0058
2003391,16727,9407.690.0061
2004416,79725,6306.550.0064
2005437,51520,7184.970.0067
2006452,35014,8353.390.0068
2007462,2079,8572.180.0069
2008468,6336,4261.390.0069
2009474,0445,4111.150.0069
2010480,2746,2301.310.0069
2011487,6507,3761.540.0069
2012495,7738,1231.670.0069
2013504,8589,0851.830.0070
2014514,99510,1372.010.0070
2015526,21611,2212.180.0071
2016538,74912,5332.380.0072
2017552,61513,8662.570.0073
2018567,40214,7872.680.0074
2019582,46315,0612.650.0075