Demographics of Niger
This article is about the demographic features of the population of Niger, including population density, ethnicity, education level, health of the populace, economic status, religious affiliations and other aspects of the population.
The largest ethnic groups in Niger are the Hausa, who also constitute the major ethnic group in northern Nigeria, and the Zarma Songhay (also spelled Djerma-Songhai), who also are found in parts of Mali. Both groups are sedentary farmers who live in the arable, southern tier. The Kanouri (including Beri Beri, Manga) make up the majority of sedentary population in the far southeast of the nation. The remainder of the Nigerien people are nomadic or seminomadic livestock-raising peoples--Tuareg, Fulani,1 Toubou and Diffa Arabs. With rapidly growing populations and the consequent competition for meager natural resources, lifestyles of these two types of peoples have come increasingly into conflict in Niger in recent years.
Niger's high infant mortality rate is comparable to levels recorded in neighboring countries. However, the child mortality rate (deaths among children between the ages of 1 and 4) is exceptionally high (274 per 1,000) due to generally poor health conditions and inadequate nutrition for most of the country's children. Niger's very high total fertility rate (7.03 children born per woman, which is the highest in the world2), nonetheless, means that nearly half (49%) of the Nigerien population is under age 15. School attendance is very low (34%), including 38% of males and only 27% of females. Additional education occurs through Koranic schools.
Source: Institut National de la Statistique - Niger3
According to the 2010 revison of the World Population Prospects the total population was 15 512 000 in 2010, compared to only 2 462 000 in 1950. The proportion of children below the age of 15 in 2010 was 49%, 48.8% was between 15 and 65 years of age, while 2.2% was 65 years or older.4
|Total population (x 1000)||Population aged 0–14 (%)||Population aged 15–64 (%)||Population aged 65+ (%)|
Registration of vital events in Niger is incomplete. The Population Departement of the United Nations prepared the following estimates. 4
|Period||Live births per year||Deaths per year||Natural change per year||CBR*||CDR*||NC*||TFR*||IMR*|
|1950-1955||139 000||66 000||74 000||52.6||24.8||27.8||6.86||174|
|1955-1960||164 000||76 000||88 000||53.8||24.9||29.0||6.96||171|
|1960-1965||195 000||89 000||105 000||55.5||25.5||30.1||7.13||167|
|1965-1970||229 000||105 000||124 000||56.2||25.8||30.4||7.32||164|
|1970-1975||263 000||121 000||142 000||55.8||25.6||30.2||7.52||162|
|1975-1980||301 000||138 000||164 000||55.1||25.1||29.9||7.63||161|
|1980-1985||350 000||157 000||193 000||55.4||24.8||30.6||7.76||159|
|1985-1990||406 000||179 000||227 000||55.9||24.6||31.3||7.81||155|
|1990-1995||471 000||192 000||279 000||55.5||22.7||32.8||7.78||146|
|1995-2000||538 000||194 000||344 000||53.5||19.3||34.2||7.60||131|
|2000-2005||614 000||194 000||420 000||51.3||16.2||35.1||7.40||113|
|2005-2010||705 000||196 000||509 000||49.5||13.8||35.7||7.19||96|
|* CBR = crude birth rate (per 1000); CDR = crude death rate (per 1000); NC = natural change (per 1000); IMR = infant mortality rate per 1000 births; TFR = total fertility rate (number of children per woman)|
|census 19885||census 20015|
|World Health Organisation 2007 statistics: Core Health Indicators for Niger6|
|Life expectancy at birth (years) males||42.0||(2005)|
|Life expectancy at birth (years) females||41.0||(2005)|
|Healthy life expectancy (HALE) at birth (years) males||36.0||(2002)|
|Healthy life expectancy (HALE) at birth (years) females||35.0||(2002)|
|Probability of dying (per 1 000 population) between 15 and 60 years (adult mortality rate) males||502||(2005)|
|Probability of dying (per 1 000 population) between 15 and 60 years (adult mortality rate) females||478||(2005)|
|Total expenditure on health as percentage of gross domestic product||4.2||(2004)|
|Per capita total expenditure on health at international dollar rate||25.9||(2004)|
|Population (in thousands) total||13957||(2005)|
at birth: 1.03 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.02 male(s)/female
15–64 years: 0.99 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.8 male(s)/female
total population: 1 male(s)/female (2010 est.)
total population: 52.6 years
male: 51.39 years
female: 53.85 years (2010 est.)
- Definition: age 15 and over can read and write
- Total population: 28.7% (2004 est.; source: UNDP 2006; NB- this figure is given without reference to which languages are considered)
- Male: 42.9%
- Female: 15.1%
- In Fula: Fulɓe; in French: Peul.
- Annuaire Statistique - Démographie
- Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat, World Population Prospects: The 2010 Revision
- UN Demographic Yearbooks
- World Health Organisation 2007 statistics: Core Health Indicators for Niger.
- [The World Factbook - Niger]
- Le Niger en Chiffres 2011
- UNDP. 2006. Beyond scarcity: Power, poverty and the global water crisis. Human Development Report 2006. New York: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
- UNDP The Human Development Index reports: Niger.
- Health Organisation Niger overview. Includes links to statistics, programs and news on health and demography in Niger.
- WHO "Country Logbook" for Niger. Providing Surveys, Censuses, Monitoring of vital events, Health services & surveillance, Health situation & trend analysis, and Planning & strategic documents .
- ethnologue.com: Ethnic and linguistic breakdown for Niger.
- OECD/ AEO 2007 Niger country study.
- The AGRHYMET Regional Centre (ARC), Niamey Office. Institute of the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) composed of nine member States, including Niger.
- The World Bank, Niger overview and resources.