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.

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 54.09. The country with the lowest value in the world is Qatar, with a value of 24.77.

Source: World Bank staff estimates based on age/sex 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 historical events such as wars and the socio-demographic and ethno-cultural characteristics of the population.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Population structure by age and sex in the 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