Panama Population and Religion Percentage

Panama, officially the Republic of Panama, is a transcontinental country in Central America and South America. As per the UN World Population Prospects report,  the estimated population of  Panama in 2024 is 4,527,961 (4.5 million)

The total Land Area of  Panama is 74,340 sq. km (28,700 sq. mi) and the Population Density of Panama is 58 per sq. Km (150 people per sq. mi).

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 Panama 2024 Population
Total Population4,527,961 (4.5 million)
Global Rank128
Land Area 74,340 sq. km (28,700 sq. mi)
Area Rank116
Pop. Density58 people/sq. km

Source: World Population Prospects report

Religion in Panama

Christianity is the largest religion in Panama and  91% of the population follows Christianity. Among Christians in Costa Rica, Catholics have the most adherents followed by Protestants.  As per estimates, 63.2% of the population followed Roman Catholicism, 25%  are Protestants, and others are Christian at 3.3%.

7.6% of the population doesn’t affiliate with any religion. Non-Christian-based faith population is at 1%. Non-Christian Faith includes Jewish, Islam, Baháʼí Faith, and Buddism are the main minority religions.

Religion percentage in Panama

  • Christianity – 91.5% 
    —63.2% Roman Catholic
    —25.0% Protestant
    —3.3% Other Christian
  • No religion – 7.6% 
  • Other religions- 0.9% 
Panama Ethinic Population

Panama’s population has diverse origins, shaped by centuries of immigration and intermingling. Mestizos are the largest population group in Panama. They predominate in the savannas to the west of the canal and in the central provinces of Panamá and Colón, where they have intermarried with people of West Indian and African ancestry. In the 19th century, immigrants from North America, France, China, and the British West Indies arrived, especially during the construction of the Panama Canal. 

Indigenous groups like the Guaymí, Kuna, and Chocó inhabited the region initially. African slaves were brought during colonial times, contributing to the Afro-Panamanian population. Other minority groups include Chinese, East Indians, Middle Easterners, and a significant Jewish community, founded by refugees from the Inquisition and later bolstered by immigrants from the West Indies.

Top Cities in Panama by Population
#CityPopulation
1Panama City4,30,299
2San Miguelito3,15,019
3Las Cumbres1,27,440
4La Chorrera1,18,521
5Tocumen1,13,174
6Pacora1,03,960
7Arraiján96,676
8David81,957
9Vista Alegre55,114
10Santiago de Veraguas51,236
Population of Panama 2024 | Religion in Panama