Afghanistan Population 1950-2021

Chart and table of Afghanistan population from 1950 to 2021. United Nations projections are also included through the year 2100.
  • The current population of Afghanistan in 2021 is 39,835,428, a 2.33% increase from 2020.
  • The population of Afghanistan in 2020 was 38,928,346, a 2.33% increase from 2019.
  • The population of Afghanistan in 2019 was 38,041,754, a 2.34% increase from 2018.
  • The population of Afghanistan in 2018 was 37,171,921, a 2.41% increase from 2017.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

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Afghanistan - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2021 39,835,428 2.33%
2020 38,928,346 2.33%
2019 38,041,754 2.34%
2018 37,171,921 2.41%
2017 36,296,113 2.58%
2016 35,383,032 2.82%
2015 34,413,603 3.12%
2014 33,370,794 3.41%
2013 32,269,589 3.56%
2012 31,161,376 3.47%
2011 30,117,413 3.19%
2010 29,185,507 2.78%
2009 28,394,813 2.43%
2008 27,722,276 2.29%
2007 27,100,536 2.53%
2006 26,433,049 3.04%
2005 25,654,277 3.75%
2004 24,726,684 4.42%
2003 23,680,871 4.78%
2002 22,600,770 4.60%
2001 21,606,988 3.98%
2000 20,779,953 3.02%
1999 20,170,844 2.19%
1998 19,737,765 1.97%
1997 19,357,126 2.67%
1996 18,853,437 4.10%
1995 18,110,657 6.06%
1994 17,075,727 7.96%
1993 15,816,603 9.19%
1992 14,485,546 8.92%
1991 13,299,017 7.14%
1990 12,412,308 4.58%
1989 11,868,877 2.16%
1988 11,618,005 0.12%
1987 11,604,534 -1.12%
1986 11,736,179 -1.69%
1985 11,938,208 -2.18%
1984 12,204,292 -2.66%
1983 12,537,730 -2.68%
1982 12,882,528 -2.20%
1981 13,171,673 -1.38%
1980 13,356,511 -0.41%
1979 13,411,056 0.52%
1978 13,341,198 1.29%
1977 13,171,306 1.76%
1976 12,943,093 2.00%
1975 12,689,160 2.23%
1974 12,412,950 2.51%
1973 12,108,963 2.69%
1972 11,791,215 2.75%
1971 11,475,445 2.70%
1970 11,173,642 2.57%
1969 10,893,776 2.41%
1968 10,637,063 2.28%
1967 10,399,926 2.21%
1966 10,174,836 2.19%
1965 9,956,320 2.17%
1964 9,744,781 2.11%
1963 9,543,205 2.05%
1962 9,351,441 1.99%
1961 9,169,410 1.92%
1960 8,996,973 1.85%
1959 8,833,946 1.77%
1958 8,680,101 1.70%
1957 8,535,163 1.62%
1956 8,398,875 1.55%
1955 8,270,991 1.47%
1954 8,151,317 1.39%
1953 8,039,694 1.31%
1952 7,935,997 1.22%
1951 7,840,156 1.14%
1950 7,752,118 0.00%