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Burkina Faso People 2020

SOURCE: 2020 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Burkina Faso People 2020
SOURCE: 2020 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on January 27, 2020

Population:
20,835,401 (July 2020 est.)
note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality, higher death rates, lower population growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected
country comparison to the world (CIA rank, may be based on non-current data): 61
[see also: Population country ranks ]
[see also: Population country ranks ]

Nationality:
noun: Burkinabe (singular and plural)
adjective: Burkinabe

Ethnic groups:
Mossi 52%, Fulani 8.4%, Gurma 7%, Bobo 4.9%, Gurunsi 4.6%, Senufo 4.5%, Bissa 3.7%, Lobi 2.4%, Dagara 2.4%, Tuareg/Bella 1.9%, Dioula 0.8%, unspecified/no answer 0.3%, other 7.2% (2010 est.)

Languages:
French (official), native African languages belonging to Sudanic family spoken by 90% of the population

Religions:
Muslim 61.5%, Roman Catholic 23.3%, traditional/animist 7.8%, Protestant 6.5%, other/no answer 0.2%, none 0.7% (2010 est.)

Demographic profile:
Burkina Faso has a young age structure – the result of declining mortality combined with steady high fertility – and continues to experience rapid population growth, which is putting increasing pressure on the country’s limited arable land. More than 65% of the population is under the age of 25, and the population is growing at 3% annually. Mortality rates, especially those of infants and children, have decreased because of improved health care, hygiene, and sanitation, but women continue to have an average of almost 6 children. Even if fertility were substantially reduced, today’s large cohort entering their reproductive years would sustain high population growth for the foreseeable future. Only about a third of the population is literate and unemployment is widespread, dampening the economic prospects of Burkina Faso’s large working-age population.

Migration has traditionally been a way of life for Burkinabe, with seasonal migration being replaced by stints of up to two years abroad. Cote d’Ivoire remains the top destination, although it has experienced periods of internal conflict. Under French colonization, Burkina Faso became a main labor source for agricultural and factory work in Cote d’Ivoire. Burkinabe also migrated to Ghana, Mali, and Senegal for work between the world wars. Burkina Faso attracts migrants from Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Mali, who often share common ethnic backgrounds with the Burkinabe. Despite its food shortages and high poverty rate, Burkina Faso has become a destination for refugees in recent years and hosts about 33,500 Malians as of May 2017. (2018)

Age structure:
0-14 years: 43.58% (male 4,606,350/female 4,473,951)
[see also: Age structure - 0-14 years country ranks ]
15-24 years: 20.33% (male 2,121,012/female 2,114,213)
[see also: Age structure - 15-24 years country ranks ]
25-54 years: 29.36% (male 2,850,621/female 3,265,926)
[see also: Age structure - 25-54 years country ranks ]
55-64 years: 3.57% (male 321,417/female 423,016)
[see also: Age structure - 55-64 years country ranks ]
65 years and over: 3.16% (male 284,838/female 374,057) (2020 est.)


[see also: Age structure - 65 years and over country ranks ]
population pyramid:population pyramid
This is the population pyramid for Burkina Faso. A population pyramid illustrates the age and sex structure of a country's population and may provide insights about political and social stability, as well as economic development. The population is distributed along the horizontal axis, with males shown on the left and females on the right. The male and female populations are broken down into 5-year age groups represented as horizontal bars along the vertical axis, with the youngest age groups at the bottom and the oldest at the top. The shape of the population pyramid gradually evolves over time based on fertility, mortality, and international migration trends.

For additional information, please see the entry for Population pyramid on the Definitions and Notes page under the References tab.

Dependency ratios:
total dependency ratio: 92.2 (2015 est.)
[see also: Dependency ratios - total dependency ratio country ranks ]
youth dependency ratio: 87.6 (2015 est.)
[see also: Dependency ratios - youth dependency ratio country ranks ]
elderly dependency ratio: 4.6 (2015 est.)
[see also: Dependency ratios - elderly dependency ratio country ranks ]
potential support ratio: 21.6 (2015 est.)
[see also: Dependency ratios - potential support ratio country ranks ]

Median age:
total: 17.9 years
[see also: Median age - total country ranks ]
male: 17 years
[see also: Median age - male country ranks ]
female: 18.7 years (2020 est.)
[see also: Median age - female country ranks ]
country comparison to the world (CIA rank, may be based on non-current data): 217

Population growth rate:
2.66% (2020 est.)
country comparison to the world (CIA rank, may be based on non-current data): 18
[see also: Population growth rate country ranks ]
[see also: Population growth rate country ranks ]

Birth rate:
35.1 births/1,000 population (2020 est.)
country comparison to the world (CIA rank, may be based on non-current data): 20
[see also: Birth rate country ranks ]
[see also: Birth rate country ranks ]

Death rate:
8.2 deaths/1,000 population (2020 est.)
country comparison to the world (CIA rank, may be based on non-current data): 84
[see also: Death rate country ranks ]
[see also: Death rate country ranks ]

Net migration rate:
-0.6 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2020 est.)
country comparison to the world (CIA rank, may be based on non-current data): 128
[see also: Net migration rate country ranks ]
[see also: Net migration rate country ranks ]

Population distribution:

Most of the population is located in the center and south. Nearly 31 percent of the population lives in cities. The capital and largest city is Ouagadougou (Ouaga), with a population of 1.8 million.  (2019)

Urbanization:
urban population: 30% of total population (2019)
[see also: Urbanization - urban population country ranks ]
rate of urbanization: 4.99% annual rate of change (2015-20 est.)
[see also: Urbanization - rate of urbanization country ranks ]

Major urban areas - population:
2.653 million OUAGADOUGOU (capital), 924,000 Bobo-Dioulasso (2019)

Sex ratio:
at birth: 1.03 male(s)/female (2020 est.)
[see also: Sex ratio - at birth country ranks ]
0-14 years: 1.03 male(s)/female (2020 est.)
[see also: Sex ratio - 0-14 years country ranks ]
15-24 years: 1 male(s)/female (2020 est.)
[see also: Sex ratio - 15-24 years country ranks ]
25-54 years: 0.87 male(s)/female (2020 est.)
[see also: Sex ratio - 25-54 years country ranks ]
55-64 years: 0.76 male(s)/female (2020 est.)
[see also: Sex ratio - 55-64 years country ranks ]
65 years and over: 0.76 male(s)/female (2020 est.)
[see also: Sex ratio - 65 years and over country ranks ]
total population: 95.6 male(s)/female (2020 est.)
[see also: Sex ratio country ranks ]
[see also: Sex ratio country ranks ]

Mother's mean age at first birth:
19.4 years (2010 est.)
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29
[see also: Mother's mean age at first birth country ranks ]
[see also: Mother's mean age at first birth country ranks ]

Maternal mortality rate:
320 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world (CIA rank, may be based on non-current data): 34
[see also: Maternal mortality rate country ranks ]
[see also: Maternal mortality rate country ranks ]

Infant mortality rate:
total: 52 deaths/1,000 live births
[see also: Infant mortality rate - total country ranks ]
male: 56.4 deaths/1,000 live births
[see also: Infant mortality rate - male country ranks ]
female: 47.5 deaths/1,000 live births (2020 est.)
[see also: Infant mortality rate - female country ranks ]
country comparison to the world (CIA rank, may be based on non-current data): 21

Life expectancy at birth:
total population: 62.7 years
[see also: Life expectancy at birth - total population country ranks ]
male: 60.9 years
[see also: Life expectancy at birth - male country ranks ]
female: 64.5 years (2020 est.)
[see also: Life expectancy at birth - female country ranks ]
country comparison to the world (CIA rank, may be based on non-current data): 208
[See also: Healthy Life Expectancy ]
[See also: Health Performance ]

Total fertility rate:
4.51 children born/woman (2020 est.)
country comparison to the world (CIA rank, may be based on non-current data): 23
[see also: Total fertility rate country ranks ]
[see also: Total fertility rate country ranks ]

Contraceptive prevalence rate:
31.7% (2017/18)
[see also: Contraceptive prevalence rate country ranks ]
[see also: Contraceptive prevalence rate country ranks ]

Drinking water source:
improved:
urban: 97.5% of population (2015 est.)
[see also: Drinking water source - improved - urban country ranks ]
rural: 75.8% of population
[see also: Drinking water source - improved - rural country ranks ]
total: 82.3% of population
unimproved:
urban: 2.5% of population
rural: 24.2% of population
total: 17.7% of population (2015 est.)

Current Health Expenditure:
6.8% (2016)
[see also: Current Health Expenditure country ranks ]

Physicians density:
0.06 physicians/1,000 population (2016)
[see also: Physicians density country ranks ]
[see also: Physicians density country ranks ]

Hospital bed density:
0.4 beds/1,000 population (2010)
[see also: Hospital bed density country ranks ]
[see also: Hospital bed density country ranks ]

Sanitation facility access:
improved:
urban: 50.4% of population (2015 est.)
[see also: Sanitation facility access - improved - urban country ranks ]
rural: 6.7% of population (2015 est.)
[see also: Sanitation facility access - improved - rural country ranks ]
total: 19.7% of population (2015 est.)
unimproved:
urban: 49.6% of population (2015 est.)
rural: 93.3% of population (2015 est.)
total: 80.3% of population (2015 est.)

HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:
0.7% (2018 est.)
country comparison to the world (CIA rank, may be based on non-current data): 56
[see also: HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate country ranks ]
[see also: HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate country ranks ]

HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:
96,000 (2018 est.)
country comparison to the world (CIA rank, may be based on non-current data): 44
[see also: HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS country ranks ]
[see also: HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS country ranks ]

HIV/AIDS - deaths:
3,300 (2018 est.)
country comparison to the world (CIA rank, may be based on non-current data): 34
[see also: HIV/AIDS - deaths country ranks ]
[see also: HIV/AIDS - deaths country ranks ]

Major infectious diseases:
degree of risk: very high (2019)
food or waterborne diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever (2019)
vectorborne diseases: dengue fever and malaria (2019)
water contact diseases: schistosomiasis (2019)
animal contact diseases: rabies (2019)
respiratory diseases: meningococcal meningitis (2019)

Obesity - adult prevalence rate:
5.6% (2016)
country comparison to the world (CIA rank, may be based on non-current data): 175
[see also: Obesity - adult prevalence rate country ranks ]
[see also: Obesity - adult prevalence rate country ranks ]

Children under the age of 5 years underweight:
16.2% (2017)
country comparison to the world (CIA rank, may be based on non-current data): 38
[see also: Children under the age of 5 years underweight country ranks ]
[see also: Children under the age of 5 years underweight country ranks ]

Education expenditures:
4.2% of GDP (2015)
country comparison to the world (CIA rank, may be based on non-current data): 92
[see also: Education expenditures country ranks ]
[see also: Education expenditures country ranks ]

Literacy:
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 41.2%
[see also: Literacy - total population country ranks ]
male: 50.1%
[see also: Literacy - male country ranks ]
female: 32.7% (2018)
[see also: Literacy - female country ranks ]

School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education):
total: 9 years
[see also: School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education) - total country ranks ]
male: 9 years
[see also: School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education) - male country ranks ]
female: 9 years
[see also: School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education) - male country ranks ] (2017)

Unemployment, youth ages 15-24
total: 8.7%
[see also: Unemployment, youth ages 15-24 - total country ranks ]
male: 5.3%
[see also: Unemployment, youth ages 15-24 - male country ranks ]
female: 12.6%
[see also: Unemployment, youth ages 15-24 - female country ranks ]
country comparison to the world (CIA rank, may be based on non-current data): 136


NOTE: 1) The information regarding Burkina Faso on this page is re-published from the 2020 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency and other sources. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Burkina Faso People 2020 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Burkina Faso People 2020 should be addressed to the CIA or the source cited on each page.
2) The rank that you see is the CIA reported rank, which may have the following issues:
  a) They assign increasing rank number, alphabetically for countries with the same value of the ranked item, whereas we assign them the same rank.
  b) The CIA sometimes assigns counterintuitive ranks. For example, it assigns unemployment rates in increasing order, whereas we rank them in decreasing order.






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