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Serbia Population 2024

Serbia, officially the Republic of Serbia, is a country at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe. It is located in the west-central Balkans & for most of the 20th century, it was a part of Yugoslavia. Beginning in the 1920s, Serbia was an integral part of Yugoslavia. It included the modern countries of Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, and Montenegro. Beginning in the 1990s and till 2008 all disintegrated and became independent Nations.

As per the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia, the population of Serbia as of 1st January 2023 is 6,641,197 (6.65 million) and its Estimated population in 2024 is 7,097,028 or 7 million.

*Excluding Kosovo and Metohia

Serbia Demography
Serbia2024 Population
Total Population7,097,028
Europe Rank19th
Land Area 88,246 sq. km (34,072 sq. mi)
Area Rank111
Pop. Density259 people sq mi (100/Km2 )
Urban Population 56.2%
Fertility Rate1.63
Infant mortality rate 4
Median Age 43.5 Years
Life Expectancy76.47 years
Capital CityBelgrade

*Excluding Kosovo and Metohia

Religion in Serbia

Christianity is the majority religion in Serbia. Its followed by 90.6% of the Serbian population. Most Christians are adherents of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, chiefly represented by the Serbian Orthodox Church. Catholics are at 5% and Protestants are at 1% of the population.

Islam is the second largest religion in Serbia followed by 3.1% of the population. and the remaining 6% are classified as unaffiliated, which can mean agnostic, atheist, or “nothing in particular.”  Other Includes Jews in small number and smaller faiths.

ReligionPercent %
Christianity  90.6% 
– Serbian Orthodoxy– 84.60%
– Catholicism– 5.00%
– Protestantism– 1.00%
Islam  3.1% 
No religion  1.1% 
Others 2.10%
No answer 3.1% 

Source: 2011 census

Serbia Historical Population

Since the 19th century Serbia saw many border changes, first amidst the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire and Austria-Hungary, then subsequent formation and later disintegration of Yugoslavia and, finally, 2008 partially recognized independence of Kosovo which affected territorial scope in which all these censuses have been conducted. 

Serbia’s population at the start of the 21st century is around 2.5 million & saw good growth in the first half of the century. Population peaked to 8 million in the 1990s and after that its on downward trends since then. Population decline can be attributed to the Yugoslav Wars in the 1990s & the death rate that has continuously exceeded its birth rate. It is estimated that 300,000 people left Serbia during the 1990s. Serbia subsequently has one of the oldest populations in the world, with an average age of 42.9 years, and its population is shrinking at one of the fastest rates in the world.

Let’s have a look at the population of Serbia from the year 1895 to 2020

YearPopulation% Change
Top Cities in Serbia by Population
2Novi SadSouth Bačka2,77,522
3NišNišava District1,87,544
4KragujevacŠumadija District1,50,835
5SuboticaNorth Bačka1,05,681
6ZrenjaninCentral Banat76,511
7PančevoSouth Banat76,203
8ČačakMoravica District73,331
9Novi PazarRaška District66,527
10KraljevoRaška District64,175
11SmederevoPodunavlje District64,175
12LeskovacJablanica District60,288
13ValjevoKolubara District58,932
14KruševacRasina District58,745
15VranjePčinja District55,138
16ŠabacMačva District53,919
17UžiceZlatibor District52,646
18SomborWest Bačka47,623
19PožarevacBraničevo District44,183
20PirotPirot District38,785
Serbian Diaspora

People of Serbian ancestry form an important group in several countries in North and South America. As per 2008 estimates, the Serbian diaspora numbered 4 million and It was estimated that 1–1.2 million in North America, and 20,000 in Central and South America.

According to the 2020 US Census, Serbian ancestry is estimated at 0.5 million people. It also forms an important minority Group in Canada, Brazil, and Argentina.

read more about Serbian Ancestry in America

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