Colombia Population 2013

colombia-population-2013Colombia Population 2013

The current population of the Republic of Colombia is estimated to be about 47.073 million people, which is an increase of about 0.3% from the last census in the country.  Currently, the population of Colombia is greater than both Argentina and Venezuela.  Historically, however, this has not always been the case.  In 1987, the population of Argentina was about the same as the population of the population of Colombia.  Before 1987, though, the population of Colombia had been less than that of Argentina, but still greater than the population of Venezuela.  Based on the land area and the total population, the population density of the country is about 105.7 people per square mile.

Demographics of Colombia

The largest ethnic group in the Republic of Colombia is considered to be the mestizo group, which is an ethnic group of mixed origins. The next largest group is those that consider being of European ancestry. Even though the majority of the indigenous population has been absorbed into the mestizo group, there are still over 85 distinct cultures represented in the country. These indigenous groups make up about 3% of the population. The main language in the country is the Spanish language, which over 99% of the population speaks. The rest of the population either speaks some form of an indigenous language or some people even speak English.

Religion in Colombia

Until 1991, the official state religion of the Republic of Colombia was Roman Catholicism. However, the Constitution written and established in 1991 abolished the church as the official religion as the Constitution guarantees the freedom of religion to all the people of the country. However, Roman Catholics still make up over 80% of the population of Colombia. The rest of the population is made up of evangelical, non-evangelicals, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and a very small population of Jews and Muslims.

Sports in Colombia

The most popular sport in the Republic of Colombia is football (American soccer). The international team has consistently competed competitively with the top teams of Argentina and Brazil. Other popular sports are cycling, boxing, and baseball.

Food in Colombia

Colombian Cuisine is very diverse and varies depending on the different regions of Colombia. In some areas you will find specialties like roasted ants or guinea pigs while in other areas Colombians wouldn’t even touch those dishes. Arepas are the most ubiquitous Colombian food – served with almost every meal, and when bought on the street (for $1), a meal unto themselves. Made of ground corn dough or flour, arepas con queso are best sampled from street vendors. Many of the most famous dishes, like bandeja paisa and ajiaco bogotano, are usually enjoyed in their places of origin, with the precise ingredients and quantities and in the appropriate atmosphere: decor, tableware, and the final appearance of the dish.

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Historical Population of Colombia

The population of Colombia has increased over the last half a century.  The increase has been fairly steady, even though the latter end of 19th century seemed to indicate a slightly larger increase over the years.

Year Population (millions)
1960 16.0
1965 18.56
1970 21.33
1975 23.96
1980 26.87
1985 29.99
1990 33.2
1995 36.45
2000 39.76
2005 43.04
2010 46.29
2011 46.93

Projected Population of Colombia

The population projections seem to indicate the same sort of trend that has been seen historically.  It is expected to continue to increase over the next 37 years.  The high birth rates are a main cause for the increase.  The birth rates are projected to remain between 19 and 11 births per 1000 people.  On the other hand, the death rates are expected to stay between 5 and 10 deaths per 1000 people.  Along with these rates, the net migration rate is expected to remain positive throughout the next 37 years.

Year Population (millions) Percent Increase
2015 49.308 4.2%
2020 52.077 5.6%
2025 54.53 4.7%
2030 56.608 3.8%
2035 58.286 2.96%
2040 59.561 2.2%
2045 60.445 1.5%
2050 60.977 0.9%

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