Population of South America

Source UN (World Population Prospects 2022)
Date25 Feb 2024

The current population of South America is 442,502,287 as of May 20, 2024, based on interpolation of the latest United Nations data. The population of South America is projected to be around 442 million or 442,860,822 people as of July 1, 2024. The total population in South America is projected close to 440 million or 439,719,008 people in 2023. South America will add 49.5 mn more before reaching a peak in 2056 with home to 492.4 mn people. South America ranks fifth among continents behind Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America.

South America accounts for 5.45 percent of the world population and two-third percent of Latin America and the Caribbean. South America's population is 16.5 mn less than North America, making up 42.14 percent of the total Americas population. Its global share was maximum in 2002 (5.69%) and is projected to decline close to 4% at the end of the century.

South America has the 3rd highest population growth rate of 0.70 percent for 2020 below Africa and Oceania continent. Among six continents, South America had the highest population growth rate during 1951-1962 and will have the lowest growth after 2078. The population growth reached a peak in 1959, with an annual growth rate of 2.78 percent.

South America will add 3.1 million in 2024. The net increase of the population per year peaked in 1988 with almost 5.58 million.

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South America population projections

Year Population Growth Share (%)
1 Jan1 JulyNet Changerate (%)to World
2022435,502,368436,816,6072,628,4780.6025.48
2023438,130,846439,719,0083,176,3250.7225.47
2024441,307,171442,860,8223,107,3020.7025.45
2025444,414,473445,938,6943,048,4420.6845.44
2026447,462,915448,961,9222,998,0140.6685.43
2027450,460,929451,915,5242,909,1910.6445.42
2028453,370,120454,779,7412,819,2410.6205.41
2029456,189,361457,548,0702,717,4180.5945.40
2030458,906,779460,220,2732,626,9880.5715.39
2031461,533,767462,788,2842,509,0330.5425.37
2032464,042,800465,243,9822,402,3640.5165.36
2033466,445,164467,596,4272,302,5250.4925.34
2034468,747,689469,845,7542,196,1300.4675.33
2035470,943,819471,988,3722,089,1070.4435.32
2036473,032,926474,026,9561,988,0600.4195.30
2037475,020,986475,958,3101,874,6480.3945.28
2038476,895,634477,772,5851,753,9020.3675.27
2039478,649,536479,472,8191,646,5670.3435.25
2040480,296,103481,064,2531,536,2990.3195.24
2041481,832,402482,540,7191,416,6330.2945.22
2042483,249,035483,898,7061,299,3430.2695.20
2043484,548,378485,143,2981,189,8400.2455.18
2044485,738,218486,284,5631,092,6890.2255.17
2045486,830,907487,329,376996,9370.2055.15
2046487,827,844488,276,724897,7600.1845.13
2047488,725,604489,127,236803,2630.1645.11
2048489,528,867489,881,200704,6670.1445.09
2049490,233,534490,532,883598,6970.1225.08
2050490,832,231491,078,654492,8450.1005.06
2051491,325,076491,522,247394,3430.0805.04
2052491,719,419491,871,981305,1250.0625.02
2053492,024,544492,132,465215,8430.0445.00
2054492,240,387492,300,683120,5930.0244.99
2055492,360,980492,373,67225,3840.0054.97
2056492,386,364492,351,149-70,430-0.0144.95
2057492,315,934492,240,563-150,743-0.0314.93
2058492,165,191492,045,454-239,474-0.0494.92
2059491,925,717491,756,751-337,933-0.0694.90
2060491,587,784491,379,655-416,258-0.0854.88
2061491,171,526490,921,642-499,768-0.1024.86
2062490,671,758490,380,438-582,639-0.1194.84
2063490,089,119489,754,638-668,962-0.1374.83
2064489,420,157489,041,280-757,755-0.1554.81
2065488,662,402488,239,948-844,909-0.1734.79
2066487,817,493487,350,454-934,079-0.1924.77
2067486,883,414486,374,783-1,017,262-0.2094.75
2068485,866,152485,312,786-1,106,732-0.2284.73
2069484,759,420484,167,861-1,183,117-0.2444.71
2070483,576,303482,946,041-1,260,524-0.2614.69
2071482,315,779481,650,404-1,330,750-0.2764.67
2072480,985,029480,278,003-1,414,052-0.2944.65
2073479,570,977478,827,954-1,486,047-0.3104.63
2074478,084,930477,309,250-1,551,360-0.3254.61
2075476,533,570475,727,643-1,611,855-0.3394.59
2076474,921,715474,089,427-1,664,577-0.3514.57
2077473,257,138472,397,610-1,719,056-0.3644.55
2078471,538,082470,653,237-1,769,689-0.3764.53
2079469,768,393468,860,774-1,815,237-0.3874.50
2080467,953,156467,021,088-1,864,137-0.3994.48
2081466,089,019465,137,395-1,903,248-0.4094.46
2082464,185,771463,219,274-1,932,994-0.4174.44
2083462,252,777461,274,092-1,957,370-0.4244.42
2084460,295,407459,301,205-1,988,404-0.4334.40
2085458,307,003457,300,011-2,013,984-0.4404.38
2086456,293,019455,275,963-2,034,113-0.4474.36
2087454,258,906453,231,483-2,054,846-0.4534.35
2088452,204,060451,171,830-2,064,459-0.4584.33
2089450,139,601449,097,737-2,083,727-0.4644.31
2090448,055,874447,005,236-2,101,275-0.4704.29
2091445,954,599444,899,143-2,110,913-0.4744.27
2092443,843,686442,785,747-2,115,879-0.4784.25
2093441,727,807440,667,368-2,120,878-0.4814.23
2094439,606,929438,544,617-2,124,623-0.4844.22
2095437,482,306436,416,911-2,130,789-0.4884.20
2096435,351,517434,289,725-2,123,585-0.4894.18
2097433,227,932432,166,601-2,122,661-0.4914.16
2098431,105,271430,042,609-2,125,324-0.4944.15
2099428,979,947427,918,487-2,122,919-0.4964.13
2100426,857,028425,793,942-2,126,172-0.4994.11

South America population estimates

Year Population Growth Share (%)
1 Jan1 JulyNet Changerate (%)to World
1950112,002,284113,520,6773,036,7862.6754.54
1951115,039,070116,611,6153,145,0912.6974.59
1952118,184,161119,808,2633,248,2042.7114.63
1953121,432,365123,095,6553,326,5812.7034.66
1954124,758,946126,483,8383,449,7852.7284.70
1955128,208,731129,985,9183,554,3742.7354.73
1956131,763,105133,605,4453,684,6792.7584.77
1957135,447,784137,348,2633,800,9582.7684.81
1958139,248,742141,190,4893,883,4942.7514.84
1959143,132,236145,148,5894,032,7052.7794.89
1960147,164,941149,224,2114,118,5402.7604.94
1961151,283,481153,377,7664,188,5712.7315.00
1962155,472,052157,608,9164,273,7272.7125.04
1963159,745,779161,919,3994,347,2412.6855.07
1964164,093,020166,291,4214,396,8012.6445.09
1965168,489,821170,706,8514,434,0602.5985.12
1966172,923,881175,135,3924,423,0232.5265.14
1967177,346,904179,568,9224,444,0372.4755.17
1968181,790,941184,010,9464,440,0092.4135.19
1969186,230,950188,469,2964,476,6922.3755.21
1970190,707,642192,947,1554,479,0252.3215.22
1971195,186,667197,461,6184,549,9022.3045.24
1972199,736,569202,046,1384,619,1382.2865.26
1973204,355,707206,713,0954,714,7752.2815.27
1974209,070,482211,454,5304,768,0952.2555.29
1975213,838,577216,251,7464,826,3382.2325.31
1976218,664,915221,111,7204,893,6112.2135.34
1977223,558,526226,098,2485,079,4452.2475.36
1978228,637,971231,226,7575,177,5722.2395.39
1979233,815,543236,454,1145,277,1412.2325.42
1980239,092,684241,789,0055,392,6412.2305.44
1981244,485,325247,206,1365,441,6222.2015.46
1982249,926,947252,673,3555,492,8162.1745.48
1983255,419,763258,200,2345,560,9412.1545.50
1984260,980,704263,760,5445,559,6802.1085.52
1985266,540,384269,320,5255,560,2832.0655.54
1986272,100,667274,880,1245,558,9152.0225.55
1987277,659,582280,447,5405,575,9161.9885.56
1988283,235,498286,026,4975,581,9971.9525.57
1989288,817,495291,601,3445,567,6971.9095.58
1990294,385,192297,146,4155,522,4451.8595.59
1991299,907,637302,601,5025,387,7301.7815.60
1992305,295,367307,967,4455,344,1571.7355.61
1993310,639,524313,302,0945,325,1401.7005.62
1994315,964,664318,637,0085,344,6891.6775.63
1995321,309,353323,946,1435,273,5801.6285.64
1996326,582,933329,199,2815,232,6961.5905.65
1997331,815,629334,414,0255,196,7931.5545.66
1998337,012,422339,582,9985,141,1531.5145.67
1999342,153,575344,665,6545,024,1581.4585.68
2000347,177,733349,634,2824,913,0981.4055.69
2001352,090,831354,475,1494,768,6371.3455.69
2002356,859,468359,177,0004,635,0641.2905.69
2003361,494,532363,705,3454,421,6271.2165.69
2004365,916,159368,126,7854,421,2511.2015.68
2005370,337,410372,502,4714,330,1221.1625.68
2006374,667,532376,788,3314,241,5991.1265.67
2007378,909,131380,965,9374,113,6111.0805.66
2008383,022,742385,031,3514,017,2181.0435.65
2009387,039,960389,045,2474,010,5731.0315.64
2010391,050,533393,078,2494,055,4321.0325.63
2011395,105,965397,135,1284,058,3261.0225.61
2012399,164,291401,166,8234,005,0630.9985.60
2013403,169,354405,147,8893,957,0710.9775.59
2014407,126,425409,128,8344,004,8180.9795.57
2015411,131,243413,134,3964,006,3060.9705.56
2016415,137,549417,101,7403,928,3820.9425.55
2017419,065,931420,982,5883,833,3140.9115.54
2018422,899,245424,740,6743,682,8580.8675.53
2019426,582,103428,318,1603,472,1140.8115.52
2020430,054,217431,530,0442,951,6540.6845.50
2021433,005,871434,254,1192,496,4970.5755.49