Population and Demography

Population Distribution - 5 Observations

  • Author: Lamin L. Dibba, Principal Statistician
  • Published: September 27, 2017 5:36 pm

The population of The Gambia has grown from 1, 857, 181 in 2013 to 1, 922, 950 people in 2015-2016. This represents an increase 3.5 percent increase overall with a residential distribution of 55.0 percent urban and 45.0 rural.

The Local Government Area (LGA) distribution shows that nearly forty percent (38.0 percent) of the population lives in Brikama with Banjul accounting for the lowest proportion of the population (1.6 percent). The rapid increase of population in Kanifing and Brikama is largely due to the rural-urban migration mainly fuelled by the quest for job opportunities.

When you explore the population figures from Census 2013 and pay attention to the distribution of the population by gender, within each LGA, you can see that Kuntaur marginally has the biggest percentage distribution of females (53.6 percent). At the other end, Banjul which already boasts the lowest proportion of the population as residents also has the lowest proportion of females across all the LGAs at 48.9 percent.

SOURCE: Census 2013; Integrated Household Surveys (IHS) 2015/2016

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