Peru Population and Religion percentage

Peru, officially the Republic of Peru, is a country in western South America. It’s the third-largest country in South America. As per the UN World Population Prospects, the population of Peru in 2023 is 34,683,444 (34 million or 3.4 Crore)

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Peru Demographics

Peru2023 Population
Total Population34,352,719
Global Rank45
Share of World Pop.0.42%
Land Area 311,888 sq. km (120,421 sq. mi)
Area Rank19
Pop. Density26 people/sq. km
Fertility Rate* of Peru2.27
Infant mortality rate ** in Peru10.7
Median Age in Peru 31 Years
Life Expectancy in Peru77.44 years
Urban Population of Peru79.1%

Source: United Nation World  Populations Prospects 

Religion in Peru

Christianity is the largest religion in Peru and 90% of the population follow Christianity. Among Christians in Peru Catholics have the most adherents. As of the 2017 census, 76% of the population over 12 years old described themselves as Catholic, 14.1% as Evangelical, 4.8% as Protestant, Jewish, Latter-day Saints, and Jehovah’s Witnesses, and 5.1% as non-religious.

Religion percentage in Peru

  • 94.5% Christianity
    – 76.% Catholicism
    – 18.48% Other Christian
  • 5% No religion
  • 0.4% Other religions

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Peru Ethnic Composition

Peru’s population is a blend of different ethnicities. Approximately 60% of the population are mestizos, meaning they have mixed Indigenous and European ancestry. The Quechua people, who are Indigenous, make up about 22% of the population.

There is also a small minority of people of European ancestry, who make up roughly 6% of the population. People of African descent represent about 3.6% of the population, while the Indigenous Aymara people constitute 2.4%. Additionally, there is a small minority of people with Japanese ancestry, as well as people of other ethnicities.

Ethnic GroupsPercent
Mestizo60.20%
Quechua22.30%
White5.90%
Afro-Peruvian3.60%
Aymara2.40%
Others2.30%
Not Stated3.30%

 

Top Cities in Peru by Population
#CityRegionPopulation
1LimaLima97,35,587
2ArequipaArequipa10,08,029
3TrujilloLa Libertad9,35,147
4ChiclayoLambayeque8,01,580
5HuancayoJunín501.384
6IquitosLoreto4,32,476
7PiuraPiura4,30,319
8CuscoCusco4,20,137
9ChimboteAncash3,67,850
10TacnaTacna2,88,698
11JuliacaPuno2,67,174
12IcaIca2,41,903
13CajamarcaCajamarca2,18,775
14PucallpaUcayali2,11,631
15SullanaPiura1,99,606
16AyacuchoAyacucho1,77,420
17Chincha AltaIca1,74,575
18HuánucoHuánuco1,72,924
19TarapotoSan Martín1,41,053
20PunoPuno1,38,723
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