Senegal's population exceeds 18 million in 2023

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  • Wednesday, 10 Jul 2024

DAKAR, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Senegal's population grew to 18,126,390 in 2023, according to figures released by the National Agency for Statistics and Demography on Tuesday.

About 50.6 percent of the population are men and 49.4 percent are women, the figures showed.

Of the population, some 75 percent are under 35 years old, about half are under 19 years old, and 39 percent are under 15 years old.

Between 2013 and 2023, the country's population increased by 2.9 percent per year, and at this rate, the number of the population would double in 25 years, the figures showed.

Senegal's population is increasingly urban (54.7 percent) and is concentrated in the regions of Dakar, Thies and Diourbel, which are home to 47 percent of the population, said the National Agency for Statistics and Demography in a press release summarizing its 5th General Population and Housing Census.

Of the population residing in the country, 98.9 percent are of Senegalese nationality, according to the agency.

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