Population, female (% of total)

Definition: Female population is the percentage of the population that is female. Population is based on the de facto definition of population, which counts all residents regardless of legal status or citizenship--except for refugees not permanently settled in the country of asylum, who are generally considered part of the population of the country of origin.

Description: The map below shows how Population, female (% of total) varies by country. The shade of the country corresponds to the magnitude of the indicator. The darker the shade, the higher the value. The country with the highest value in the world is Latvia, with a value of 54.12. The country with the lowest value in the world is United Arab Emirates, with a value of 26.74.

Source: World Bank staff estimates based on male/female distributions of United Nations Population Division's World Population Prospects.

See also: Country ranking, Time series comparison

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Development Relevance: Females comprise almost one-half of the world population Female population relative to male population is a primary demographic indicator, reflecting a historical events such as wars and a socio-demographic and ethno-cultural characteristics of the population.

Limitations and Exceptions: Because the five-year age group is the cohort unit and five-year period data are used in the United Nations Population Division's World Population Prospects, interpolations to obtain annual data or single age structure may not reflect actual events or age composition. For more information, see the original source.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Population structure by age and sex in World Bank's estimates is based on the population structure by age and sex in United Nations Population Division's World Population Prospects. For more information, see the original source.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual