Which Has the Fastest Growing Population?

Population Growth Rate (%), 2018 or latest
Society | May 17, 2019
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Based on a comparison of 179 countries in 2018, Niger ranked the highest in population growth rate with 3.78% followed by Syria and Zambia. On the other end of the scale was Lebanon with -1.68%, Bulgaria with -1.06% and Moldova with -0.989%.

Average population growth rate reached 0.766% in 2018 in the World according to the National Statistical Office. This is 723 % less than in the previous year and 3 % less than the average we have seen in the last 10 years.

Historically, average population growth rate reached an all time high of 2.12% in 1969 and an all time low of -0.003% in 2050. The average annual growth amounted to nan % since 1901.

Data for more countries are available at Population Growth Rate indicator page.

Population Growth Rate Unit 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Angola % 3.53% 3.49% 3.43% 3.37% 3.31%
Burkina Faso % 2.98% 2.96% 2.94% 2.92% 2.89%
Burundi % 2.97% 2.99% 3.06% 3.14% 3.18%
Chad % 3.32% 3.26% 3.19% 3.11% 3.05%
Gambia % 3.12% 3.10% 3.07% 3.03% 3.00%
Madagascar % 2.71% 2.70% 2.69% 2.69% 2.68%
Malawi % 2.94% 2.92% 2.91% 2.90% 2.89%
Mali % 2.90% 2.90% 2.93% 2.97% 3.00%
Niger % 3.84% 3.84% 3.84% 3.83% 3.82%
Nigeria % 2.67% 2.66% 2.64% 2.62% 2.60%
Somalia % 2.85% 2.86% 2.88% 2.90% 2.92%
Syria % -3.04% -3.11% -2.47% -1.64% -0.875%
Tanzania % 3.12% 3.11% 3.10% 3.09% 3.08%
Uganda % 3.38% 3.35% 3.32% 3.29% 3.26%
Zambia % 3.04% 3.04% 3.02% 3.00% 2.99%