Sub-Saharan Africa Rural Population 1960-2021

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 2020 was 667,403,145, a 1.69% increase from 2019.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa rural population for 2019 was 656,284,564, a 1.74% increase from 2018.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa rural population for 2018 was 645,082,160, a 1.78% increase from 2017.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa rural population for 2017 was 633,827,247, a 1.81% increase from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Rural Population
World 3,398,794,081
South Asia 1,209,159,239
East Asia & Pacific 924,467,848
Sub-Saharan Africa 667,403,145
OECD members 260,249,446
Latin America & Caribbean 123,154,930
European Union 112,143,460
Euro Area 77,294,466
North America 64,126,774
Sub-Saharan Africa Rural Population - Historical Data
Year Population % of Total Change
2020 667,403,145 58.75 1.69%
2019 656,284,564 59.29 1.74%
2018 645,082,160 59.82 1.78%
2017 633,827,247 60.36 1.81%
2016 622,554,717 60.88 1.84%
2015 611,300,372 61.41 1.87%
2014 600,085,039 61.93 1.90%
2013 588,918,185 62.45 1.92%
2012 577,825,972 62.96 1.93%
2011 566,871,186 63.48 1.92%
2010 556,190,122 64.00 1.93%
2009 545,633,339 64.52 1.95%
2008 535,197,720 65.03 1.96%
2007 524,930,681 65.54 2.09%
2006 514,207,041 65.96 2.01%
2005 504,083,411 66.42 1.99%
2004 494,263,866 66.88 1.99%
2003 484,619,946 67.33 1.99%
2002 475,180,138 67.78 1.99%
2001 465,910,365 68.22 2.01%
2000 456,723,112 68.65 2.11%
1999 447,264,412 69.01 2.12%
1998 437,959,696 69.36 2.13%
1997 428,817,855 69.72 2.13%
1996 419,884,525 70.09 2.15%
1995 411,053,936 70.46 2.15%
1994 402,389,255 70.83 2.15%
1993 393,934,322 71.23 2.09%
1992 385,862,117 71.69 2.10%
1991 377,909,208 72.16 2.13%
1990 370,045,047 72.64 2.05%
1989 362,610,089 73.19 2.12%
1988 355,069,452 73.73 2.15%
1987 347,599,508 74.27 2.17%
1986 340,221,448 74.80 2.17%
1985 332,991,124 75.34 2.19%
1984 325,843,873 75.86 2.24%
1983 318,691,320 76.35 2.29%
1982 311,565,441 76.80 2.32%
1981 304,515,233 77.23 2.33%
1980 297,586,175 77.66 2.40%
1979 290,606,964 78.04 2.37%
1978 283,869,581 78.43 2.29%
1977 277,502,694 78.88 2.29%
1976 271,296,765 79.32 2.26%
1975 265,308,426 79.77 2.25%
1974 259,468,356 80.21 2.24%
1973 253,788,763 80.63 2.21%
1972 248,309,498 81.05 2.18%
1971 243,015,312 81.47 2.16%
1970 237,868,126 81.87 2.17%
1969 232,814,467 82.24 2.12%
1968 227,980,014 82.62 2.10%
1967 223,291,987 82.99 2.08%
1966 218,733,053 83.34 2.07%
1965 214,291,909 83.69 2.05%
1964 209,991,391 84.04 2.04%
1963 205,794,567 84.38 2.03%
1962 201,696,376 84.70 2.02%
1961 197,703,744 85.01 1.99%
1960 193,852,373 85.31 %