Population of Zambia exceeds 13 million

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The Central statistical Office (CSO) preliminary results of the 2010 census population indicate that the country’s population has increased to thirteen million forty six thousand five hundred and eight from nine million eight hundred persons and eighty eight five thousand seven hundred and seventy seven recorded in the 2000 census of population.

The statistics further indicate that 51 percent of the recorded people are female while the male population accounts for 49 percent.

Making the announcement in Lusaka Thursday, CSO Acting Director John Kalumbi said Lusaka province has recorded the highest population rate with about 2,198, 996.

Dr. Kalumbi added that the Copperbelt is second highest figures standing at 1,958,623 persons while North-Western Province recorded the lowest population rate of 706, 462.

Dr. Kalumbi however noted that official results of the 2010 census will be released later this year but added that the released preliminary results will help the government and other stakeholders to draw their developmental plans.

Meanwhile the 2010 census preliminary results have also indicated that the country has a total of 6,069 753 eligible voters representing 47% of the total population of eligible voters.

Acting CSO Director John Kalumbi says the Lusaka had the highest number of voters representing 19% of the total number of eligible voters while north-western province was the least with only 5% of eligible voters.

Dr. Kalumbi adds that the Central Province’s rate of eligible voters was at 10% copperbelt recorded 17% while the Southern Province recorded about 11 percent of the total number of eligible voters.

Others are eastern and northern provinces with 12% each, and Luapula and Western provinces with 7 percent each.

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25 Responses to Population of Zambia exceeds 13 million

  1. @ the Saint

    Its interesting that you can talk about Zambia’s population relative to some European Countries. Are you aware that Zambia’s land area of 752,000 square kilometres is bigger than that of Germany and the UK put together which only total about 600,000square kilometres. But in terms of population, the two countries actually have a combined population of almost 147 million!

    While the growth rate is scaring, you ought to realise that for some of these things, let us dwell on the positives of our situations. A small population means a small market and hence limited opportunities. Is it by accident that the small densily populated countries are generally richer than the huge sparcely poluated countries? ( Of cause exceptions are Australia, Canada and Sweden on one side , Bangladeshi, Rwanda and Burundi on the other end). Is it also coincidence that in Zambia the relatively prosperous provinces are those with the highest polutations and those with the lowest populations are about the poorest?

    Kibakimani - January 28, 2011

  2. this is disapointing, only 3m babies in 10yrs sure. 4 our economy to have a reasonable xpansion, we nid a big market . Au join the pope in stigmatising f planing. We shud have reached 18m by nw. Nowanda i only have 10 customers per day, if it were in nigeria i wud be having 3000 customers per day. Muposeko amano guys. Wish i wasnt firing blanks

    joe king - January 28, 2011

  3. These are just preliminary results to give you an indication of the population please. Other details will be availed to you when complete. In fact there are just too numerous to list down on ZW. Google the CSO and you will get what you want.

    mulengawampanga - January 28, 2011

  4. whats the government plan for the 13million pipo, how many of those ar employed in the formal sector, how many of those ar living on less than a dollar, how many ar in shanty compounds, how ar hav acess to basic needs such as education healthy, etc

    lloyd - January 28, 2011

  5. This is crazy. 13 million+ people. That is too large a population for Zambia. This is why resources cannot really move around.

    Mr. Capitalist - 3 E's steering economic growth - January 28, 2011

  6. We need a small population. Watch for theose Mwenyes, Chinese, and Nigerians etc coming to get Zambian citizenship illegally.

    jabulani africa - January 28, 2011

  7. !3 million ok, now the water system for lusaka is for 55 000 people only, it was built in the 1950 somthing and hasnt been updated since then. UNZA only big university since 1966, nothing new. UTH has LESS stuff than it did in 1970, LESS capability of dealing with emeregencies and other health issues. CLINICS, SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, POLICE POSTS, ROADS, HOUSING, etc etc etc all hasnt been updated.

    uja - January 28, 2011

  8. Rain or no rain RB will be annouced president

    KK11 - January 28, 2011

  9. How many Zambians have mobile phones?
    How much do Zambians spend on ‘talk time ‘ on average per day?
    How much do Zambians spend on public transport to and fro per day?
    How many Zambians eligible for employment, i.e. trained for a job, do not have a job.?
    How many Zambians are living on a pension?
    How many Zambians under the age of 20 are in formal education or vocational training?
    How many motor vehicles are in Zambia in each category?
    These are the kind of statistics that will help planning in the 6th NDP. I have just heard that there are 2 million pot holes on UK roads and this has gone up due to severe weather conditions. If our friends can count pot holes how do we fail to collect statistics for more important things? I suppose in Zambia the question would not be ‘how many potholes are on Zambian roads’, but how many roads are on Zambian pot holes?’

    THE SAINT - January 28, 2011

  10. CSO how many of the elligible voters have NRC’s?

    robert nesta marley - January 27, 2011

  11. we need more people in zambia 13million is too small for such a big space more children please and look after them

    nshilimubemba - January 27, 2011

  12. you chaps!!! not all eligible voters do register and not all registered voters vote..so whatever you wish to analyse,we shall certainly rig and win..

    ......... - January 27, 2011

  13. 13 million pipo only 10% are happy the rest its poverty. by the way the 10% includes VJ. FTJ. RB. SIMATAA. KAMANGA. Ya its a confused list

    Chocked - January 27, 2011

  14. Moralize
    Number of ELLIGIBLE voters is always greater than number of REGISTERED voters which is also greater than number of ACTUAL voters on polling day. I hope you see the point. People in the rural areas are more likely to vote than in the cities because they have little else to do. This is the case everywhere in the world. The only time that urban dwellers vote en-masse is when they want to change a government. So, if that were to be the case this year, you may see your reasoning coming true, otherwise it is not.

    THE SAINT - January 27, 2011

  15. On “The Central statistical Office (CSO) preliminary results of the 2010 census population indicate that the country’s population has increased to thirteen million forty six thousand five hundred and eight from nine million eight hundred persons and eighty eight five thousand seven hundred and seventy seven recorded in the 2000 census of population.

    The statistics further indicate that 51 percent of the recorded people are female while the male population accounts for 49 percent” this is impressive and I hope the MMD GRZ Administration and the Opposition will be careful to look at how they can assist this population to be better in our livelihood.

    For serious political parties in a year of elections like this 2011, this information is vital for delivering campaining messages that can change the vote outcome at the end of the year.

    Be blessed all.
    Matt 6:33

    Maestro Hhehhehhehhe for 2011 would-b President of Zambia HH - January 27, 2011

  16. The population of Germany and several European countries is actually shrinking. The UK population growth has only been boosted by inward migration and new births to immigrant parents! There is a town in Italy where there has been no new birth for decades! The Mayor of the town is offering money for any women who give birth! But here we are in Zambia, the population is growing at more than 3% a year! It has grown more than 3 times since independence 47 years ago. This is unprecedented and is there little wonder why we remain under-developed with such a large under age population that contributes ZERO to development but whose mouths must be fed? Even the HIV/AIDS pandemic has failed to dent the trend, but compounded problems further by keeping more people alive, at a huge cost, while killing off the most productive in the society, leaving more orphans! These problems need to be addressed across the political divisions with all Zambians who love their country putting their heads together. I am surprised that some people just see this dire statistic in terms of voters and politics! So many children born will need schools, hospitals and basic life supporting infrastructure. A former Finance Minister is blaming government for building more schools and hospitals and asking where teachers are gonna come from! If UNIP in 1964 had thought like Mr Magande, most of us would hve never seen an inside of a classroom. Doctors, teachers, nurses etc, can be imported if the remuneration is competitive. We did in ithe first 20 years and we can do it again!

    THE SAINT - January 27, 2011

  17. wow 13 million and i thought we have reach 15 million after ten years from 10 to 13. but still though it is preliminary i think it should be high considering what we c in the community anyway????

    doc phiri - January 27, 2011

  18. But how is it that when it comes to elections, North-Western beats Lusaka, CB even Nothern and Southern provinces with the number of voters. Can someone or even me scrutnise these figures for the coming tripartite elections. MMD won and has been winning with last minute votes from Nort-Western province which only account for 5% of voters. Watch this space come Spt/Oct 2011

    Moralize - January 27, 2011

  19. They didnt count us in Diaspora. So the figure is not correct!!

    Cyber Gloves - January 27, 2011

  20. I hev been wondering why pipo have been claiming that Lusaka City has a population of over 3 million. Our estimates have always put the figure at bout 1.8 million and I guess the published figure for the 2.1 million for the province is consistent, leaving about 300 000 for Kafue, Chongwe and the oultying rural areas.

    Kibakimani - January 27, 2011

  21. Its good that we know now that North Western has the least population for eligible voters, we shall see now the scheme they will use to still the votes the MMD.
    By the way, i have heard that the government is planning to reinstate Dan Kalale ant terminate the contract of honorable judge Florence Mumba because they are afraid that with the absence of Kalale, things wont work out in their favour.

    beatrice - January 27, 2011

  22. Guys from lusaka, pliz no disrespect but you should be using condoms. Zambia is small. Pliz dont have children like a football team. Peace!!!!!!

    lix - January 27, 2011

  23. Good figure, especially for the composition of eligible voters. ZWD, when did John Kalumbi become (Dr) Kalumbi???

    kulibonesha - January 27, 2011

  24. Fake figures preparing for rigging 2011 elections, we shall be very tight imagine lusaka and copperbelt has 50%of the total voters in zambia , and yet PF beat MMD in these places by far yet the old man lost. ok i have recorded these figures , i dont want more than 12% of voters to come from eastern province, max. is 12% no more than this. so we have more girls , then encourage polygamy

    patambala - January 27, 2011

  25. 47% of the population are eligible voters, right?
    Sounds too high a proprtion.
    13 million people!, wow, so HIV has had very litle impact in population growth.

    Pathetic F00LS(PF) - January 27, 2011