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Bolivia Population 2024

Bolivia, officially the Plurinational State of Bolivia is a landlocked country located in western-central South America. It is bordered to the north and east by Brazil, to the southeast by Paraguay, to the south by Argentina, to the southwest by Chile, and to the northwest by Peru.

Bolivia is the fifth largest country in South America, after Brazil, Argentina, Peru, and Colombia and the largest landlocked country in the Southern Hemisphere, and the world’s seventh largest landlocked country, after Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Chad, Niger, Mali, and Ethiopia.

The sovereign state of Bolivia is a constitutionally unitary state, divided into nine departments.  As per the UN World Population Prospects report, the population of Bolivia in 2024 is 12,567,337 (12.5 million) 

Source: UN World Population Prospects 

Estimated Population of  Bolivia in 2024  – 12.5 million
 Bolivia 2023 Population
Total Population 12,388,571
SA Rank 8
Urban Population 70%
Land Area  1,083,301 sq.km (418,265 sq. mi)
Area Rank 5
Pop. Density 11 people/sq. km
Capital City Sucre / La Pez

Religion in Bolivia

Christianity is the largest religion in Bolivia and  86.8% of the population follows Christianity. Among Christians in Bolivia, Catholics have the most adherents followed by the Protestants

For the Latest figures, According to the 2020 report by the Latino barometer,  64.7% of the population followed Roman Catholicism; 15.7% Evangelical Protestantism; 1.4% Evangelical Baptism; 2.3% Adventist, 0.4% Jehovah’s Witnesses, and 0.6% Mormon.

Other Non-Christian-based faiths population is at 4.1%. 9.2% of the population don’t affiliate with any religion.

Non-Christian Faith includes Jewish, Islam, Baháʼí Faith, and Buddism are the main minority religions.

According to a 2020 report by the Latino barometer religion percentage in Bolivia is as follows

Evangelical (Protestant)15.7%
Evangelical baptism1.4%
Evangelical methodist0.1%
Evangelical Pentecostal1.3%
Jehovah’s Witnesses0.4%
Protestant Others0.3%
Other Faiths4.1%
Believer, not belong to the church0.8%
Don´t know0.8%
No answer0.8%

Source: https://www.latinobarometro.org/

Race and Ethnicity in Bolivia

Bolivia is a multi-ethnic nation, home to people of different races, ethnicity, and national backgrounds.  

68% of the people identified themselves as Mestizo (mixed race people of Amerindian and European descent, typically from Spanish colonists). Amerindians or Ingenious people account for 20% of the current population. Cholo at 2%, black at 1%, other at 1%, while 3% were unspecified; 

Indigenous peoples, also called “originarios” (“native” or “original”) and less frequently, Amerindians, could be categorized by geographic area, such as Andean, like the Aymaras and Quechuas (who formed the ancient Inca Empire)

The White Ecuadorians (White Latin American) are a minority accounting for 5% of the population of Ecuador. The ancestry of whites and the white ancestry of mestizos lies within Europe and the Middle East, most notably Spain, Italy, Germany, Croatia, Lebanon and Syria. here are small numbers of European citizens from Germany, France, Italy and Portugal, as well as from other countries of the Americas, as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, the United States, Paraguay, Peru, Mexico and Venezuela, among others.

The Afro-Bolivians are a minority population (1%) in Ecuador, descendants of African slaves who arrived in the time of the Spanish Empire

There are also important communities of Japanese (14,000) and Lebanese (12,900). There are around 140,000 Mennonites in Bolivia of Friesian, Flemish and German ethnic origins

The racial composition is as follows

Race and OriginPercentage
Indigenous people20%

Source: 2018 estimate

Top Cities in Bolivia by Population

1Santa Cruz de la SierraSanta Cruz1,453,549
2El AltoLa Paz848,840
3La PazLa Paz764,617
11MonteroSanta Cruz109,518
13WarnesSanta Cruz96,406
15La GuardiaSanta Cruz89,080
17ViachaLa Paz80,388
18Villa TunariCochabamba72,623
Bolivia Population 2024 | Religion in Bolivia