Country Comparison > Population growth rate > TOP 50

RankCountryPopulation growth rate (%)
6Turks and Caicos Islands3.17
7Gaza Strip3.11
9Burkina Faso3.07
10United Arab Emirates3.06
12Western Sahara3.03
15Congo, Republic of the2.85
24Equatorial Guinea2.61
25Congo, Democratic Republic of the2.58
30British Virgin Islands2.44
34Gambia, The2.34
37Sierra Leone2.28
38Cayman Islands2.24
40Solomon Islands2.17
42Central African Republic2.14
45West Bank2.06
46Cote d'Ivoire2.04
50Sao Tome and Principe2

Definition: The average annual percent change in the population, resulting from a surplus (or deficit) of births over deaths and the balance of migrants entering and leaving a country. The rate may be positive or negative. The growth rate is a factor in determining how great a burden would be imposed on a country by the changing needs of its people for infrastructure (e.g., schools, hospitals, housing, roads), resources (e.g., food, water, electricity), and jobs. Rapid population growth can be seen as threatening by neighboring countries.

Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2012

See also: Population growth rate map

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