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Togo Demographics Profile

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8,608,444 (July 2020 est.)

note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality, higher death rates, lower population growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected

Age structure
0-14 years: 39.73% (male 1,716,667/female 1,703,230)
15-24 years: 19.03% (male 817,093/female 820,971)
25-54 years: 33.26% (male 1,423,554/female 1,439,380)
55-64 years: 4.42% (male 179,779/female 200,392)
65 years and over: 3.57% (male 132,304/female 175,074) (2020 est.)
Dependency ratios
total dependency ratio: 77.1
youth dependency ratio: 72
elderly dependency ratio: 5.1
potential support ratio: 19.4 (2020 est.)
Median age
total: 20 years
male: 19.7 years
female: 20.3 years (2020 est.)
Population growth rate
2.56% (2020 est.)
Birth rate
32 births/1,000 population (2020 est.)
Death rate
6.5 deaths/1,000 population (2020 est.)
Net migration rate
0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2020 est.)
urban population: 42.8% of total population (2020)
rate of urbanization: 3.76% annual rate of change (2015-20 est.)
Major cities - population
1.828 million LOME (capital) (2020)
Sex ratio
at birth: 1.03 male(s)/female
0-14 years: 1.01 male(s)/female
15-24 years: 1 male(s)/female
25-54 years: 0.99 male(s)/female
55-64 years: 0.9 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.76 male(s)/female
total population: 98.4 male(s)/female (2020 est.)
Mother's mean age at first birth
21 years (2013/14 est.)

note: median age at first birth among women 25-29

Infant mortality rate
total: 38.5 deaths/1,000 live births
male: 44.5 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 32.3 deaths/1,000 live births (2020 est.)
Life expectancy at birth
total population: 66.6 years
male: 63.9 years
female: 69.3 years (2020 est.)
Total fertility rate
4.22 children born/woman (2020 est.)
Contraceptive prevalence rate
23.9% (2017)
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate
2.3% (2019 est.)
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS
120,000 (2019 est.)
HIV/AIDS - deaths
3,000 (2019 est.)
Drinking water source
improved: urban: 92.3% of population
rural: 56% of population
total: 70.9% of population
unimproved: urban: 7.7% of population
rural: 44% of population
total: 29.1% of population (2017 est.)
Sanitation facility access
improved: urban: 80.4% of population (2015 est.)
rural: 16.2% of population
total: 41.6% of population
unimproved: urban: 19.6% of population
rural: 83.8% of population
total: 57.4% of population (2017 est.)
Major infectious diseases
degree of risk: very high (2020)
food or waterborne diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever
vectorborne diseases: malaria, dengue fever, and yellow fever
water contact diseases: schistosomiasis
animal contact diseases: rabies
respiratory diseases: meningococcal meningitis
noun: Togolese (singular and plural)
adjective: Togolese
Ethnic groups
Adja-Ewe/Mina 42.4%, Kabye/Tem 25.9%, Para-Gourma/Akan 17.1%, Akposso/Akebu 4.1%, Ana-Ife 3.2%, other Togolese 1.7%, foreigners 5.2%, no response .4% (2013-14 est.)
note: Togo has an estimated 37 ethnic groups
Christian 43.7%, folk 35.6%, Muslim 14%, Hindu <.1%, Buddhist <.1%, Jewish <.1%, other .5%, none 6.2% (2010 est.)
Demographic profile

Togo’s population is estimated to have grown to four times its size between 1960 and 2010. With nearly 60% of its populace under the age of 25 and a high annual growth rate attributed largely to high fertility, Togo’s population is likely to continue to expand for the foreseeable future. Reducing fertility, boosting job creation, and improving education will be essential to reducing the country’s high poverty rate. In 2008, Togo eliminated primary school enrollment fees, leading to higher enrollment but increased pressure on limited classroom space, teachers, and materials. Togo has a good chance of achieving universal primary education, but educational quality, the underrepresentation of girls, and the low rate of enrollment in secondary and tertiary schools remain concerns.

Togo is both a country of emigration and asylum. In the early 1990s, southern Togo suffered from the economic decline of the phosphate sector and ethnic and political repression at the hands of dictator Gnassingbe EYADEMA and his northern, Kabye-dominated administration. The turmoil led 300,000 to 350,000 predominantly southern Togolese to flee to Benin and Ghana, with most not returning home until relative stability was restored in 1997. In 2005, another outflow of 40,000 Togolese to Benin and Ghana occurred when violence broke out between the opposition and security forces over the disputed election of EYADEMA’s son Faure GNASSINGBE to the presidency. About half of the refugees reluctantly returned home in 2006, many still fearing for their safety. Despite ethnic tensions and periods of political unrest, Togo in September 2017 was home to more than 9,600 refugees from Ghana.

French (official, the language of commerce), Ewe and Mina (the two major African languages in the south), Kabye (sometimes spelled Kabiye) and Dagomba (the two major African languages in the north)
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 63.7%
male: 77.3%
female: 51.2% (2015)
School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education)
total: 13 years
male: 14 years NA
female: 12 years NA (2017)
Education expenditures
5% of GDP (2016)
Maternal mortality rate
396 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)
Children under the age of 5 years underweight
15.2% (2017)
Health expenditures
6.2% (2017)
Physicians density
0.03 physicians/1,000 population (2017)
Hospital bed density
0.7 beds/1,000 population (2011)
Obesity - adult prevalence rate
8.4% (2016)

Source: CIA World Factbook
This page was last updated on Friday, November 27, 2020

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