The National Agency for Statistics and Demography (ANSD) released its 2020 report on population projections on Thursday 18 February. According to the study, Senegal now has 16,705,608 inhabitants. The country recorded a 3% increase compared to 2019.
The Senegalese population now stands at 16,705,608, an increase of about 3% compared to 2019. According to the ANSD 2020 report, the number of female individuals (8. 391,358, or 50, 2%) is slightly higher than that of male (8,314,250, or 49.8%). And given the age structure, the Senegalese population is characterized, in 2020 as in 2019, by its youth whose average age is 19 years.
At the geographical level, the Senegalese population is unequally distributed on the national territory. More than half, 54.82%, live in rural areas, while the Dakar region alone accounts for 23% of the country’s total population in 2020. According to the report, more than 55% of the total population resides in four administrative regions of the country: Dakar, Thiès, Diourbel and Kaolack. The opposite is true of some regions which remain sparsely populated. These include Matam (4.4%), Kaffrine (4.4%), Ziguinchor (4.1%), Sédhiou (3.4%) and Kédougou (1.1%).
The report presents the overall structure of the Senegalese population in 2020 and gives its distribution by region according to age and sex. The document also presents data on the country’s population in 2020. The latter are derived from the population projections made by ANSD for the period 2013-2063. The report provides, according to the national agency, statistics useful for planning sectors such as education, health, employment, and their policies and programs related to the family, youth, among others.