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Tanzania Population 2023

Tanzania, officially the United Republic of Tanzania, is a country in East Africa within the African Great Lakes region.

As per the UN World Population Prospects report, the estimated population of Tanzania in 2022 is 65,497,748 and According to the National Bureau of Census Tanzania, the population of Tanzania in 2023 is 61,741,120 (62 million or 6.2 Crore)

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Tanzania Demographics
Tanzania 2023 Population
Total Population 61,741,120 
Global Rank 23rd
Share of World Pop. 0.77%
Land Area  947,303 sq. km. (365,756 sq mi)
Area Rank 30th
Pop. Density 65 per Km2 (169 people per mi2)
Growth Rate 3.2%
Fertility Rate* 4.92
Infant mortality rate** 34.2
Median Age 18 years
Life Expectancy 66.39  years
Urban Population 37%

Religion in Tanzania

Tanzania doesn’t conduct a religious census so all figures are based on estimates and various studies. Still, Christianity is the majority religion and 2/3rd of the population follows Christianity. Islam is also widely followed and 1/3rd of the population follows Islam. A small minority of the population follows different African traditional religions.

According to a 2014 estimate by the CIA World Factbook, 61.4% of the population was Christian, 35.2% was Muslim, 1.8% practiced traditional African religions, 1.4% were unaffiliated with any religion, and 0.2% followed other religions. There are also active communities of other religious groups, such as Buddhists, Hindus, and Bahá’ís.

Religion in Tanzania 

Christianity 63.10%
Islam 34.10%
Traditional African religions 1.20%
Other Religion 0.10%
Unaffiliated/ No religion 0.00%
Christianity in Tanzania

Tanzania has the 7th largest Christian population in Africa. 27.7% of the population was Protestant and 25.6% was Catholic. Among Protestants, Lutherans are the largest followed by Pentecostals, Anglicans, and adherents of African-initiated churches. 

Muslims in Tanzania

Muslims in Tanzania communities are concentrated in coastal areas, some inside areas and Zanzibar is almost entirely Muslim. 40% of the country’s Muslim population is Sunni and 20 % are Shias. Ahmadiyya is at 15% and a smaller subset of Ibadism and nondenominational Muslims.

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Top Cities in Tanzania by Population
1Dar es SalaamDar es Salaam43,64,541
10Zanzibar CityZanzibar West2,23,033

Source: Census 2012

SourceNational Bureau of Census Tanzania, United Nation World  Populations Prospects 

*Fertility rate, average number of children born to women during their reproductive years.

**Infant mortality rate is the number of deaths per 1,000 live births of children under one year of age.

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