Sub-Saharan Africa Rural Population 1960-2020

Rural population refers to people living in rural areas as defined by national statistical offices. It is calculated as the difference between total population and urban population. Aggregation of urban and rural population may not add up to total population because of different country coverages.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa rural population for 2019 was 656,284,579, a 1.74% increase from 2018.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa rural population for 2018 was 645,077,217, a 1.78% increase from 2017.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa rural population for 2017 was 633,823,798, a 1.81% increase from 2016.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa rural population for 2016 was 622,553,374, a 1.84% increase from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Rural Population
World 3,397,467,985
South Asia 1,203,683,978
East Asia & Pacific 938,907,166
Sub-Saharan Africa 656,284,579
OECD members 261,050,799
Latin America & Caribbean 123,651,338
European Union 113,088,432
Euro Area 78,051,682
North America 64,537,275
Sub-Saharan Africa Rural Population - Historical Data
Year Population % of Total Change
2019 656,284,579 59.29 1.74%
2018 645,077,217 59.82 1.78%
2017 633,823,798 60.36 1.81%
2016 622,553,374 60.88 1.84%
2015 611,300,373 61.41 1.87%
2014 600,085,476 61.93 1.90%
2013 588,918,656 62.45 1.92%
2012 577,826,329 62.96 1.93%
2011 566,871,280 63.48 1.92%
2010 556,190,119 64.00 1.93%
2009 545,633,339 64.52 1.95%
2008 535,197,701 65.03 1.96%
2007 524,930,650 65.54 2.09%
2006 514,207,023 65.96 2.01%
2005 504,083,420 66.42 1.99%
2004 494,263,871 66.88 1.99%
2003 484,619,971 67.33 1.99%
2002 475,180,114 67.78 1.99%
2001 465,910,396 68.22 2.01%
2000 456,723,104 68.65 2.11%
1999 447,264,397 69.01 2.12%
1998 437,959,665 69.36 2.13%
1997 428,817,872 69.72 2.13%
1996 419,884,520 70.09 2.15%
1995 411,053,920 70.46 2.15%
1994 402,389,214 70.83 2.15%
1993 393,934,303 71.23 2.09%
1992 385,862,132 71.69 2.10%
1991 377,909,168 72.16 2.13%
1990 370,045,037 72.64 2.05%
1989 362,610,067 73.19 2.12%
1988 355,069,413 73.73 2.15%
1987 347,599,551 74.27 2.17%
1986 340,221,413 74.80 2.17%
1985 332,991,126 75.34 2.19%
1984 325,843,891 75.86 2.24%
1983 318,691,294 76.35 2.29%
1982 311,565,448 76.80 2.32%
1981 304,515,199 77.23 2.33%
1980 297,586,190 77.66 2.40%
1979 290,606,925 78.04 2.37%
1978 283,869,500 78.43 2.29%
1977 277,502,625 78.88 2.29%
1976 271,296,680 79.32 2.26%
1975 265,308,432 79.77 2.25%
1974 259,468,238 80.21 2.24%
1973 253,788,479 80.63 2.21%
1972 248,309,187 81.05 2.18%
1971 243,014,961 81.47 2.16%
1970 237,868,093 81.87 2.17%
1969 232,814,111 82.24 2.12%
1968 227,979,729 82.62 2.10%
1967 223,291,825 82.99 2.08%
1966 218,733,005 83.34 2.07%
1965 214,291,872 83.69 2.05%
1964 209,991,467 84.04 2.04%
1963 205,794,621 84.38 2.03%
1962 201,696,462 84.70 2.02%
1961 197,703,770 85.01 1.99%
1960 193,852,416 85.31 1.81%