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The population of Liberia is 4,689,021 (20147). The population density is about 42inhabitants per square kilometre.

The natural population growth rate is 2.5%. (2017)
Birth rate per 1000 inhabitants is 38.3 (2017)
Death rate per 1000 inhabitants is 7.6 (2017)
Life expectancy is 63.3 years. (Men 61.2 and women 65.5 years (2017)

By far the majority of the population in Liberia belongs to the indigenous African tribes. However, there is great diversity among them. Liberia has 16 main tribes, which are often further subdivided into smaller tribes. The largest tribes are respectively the Kpelle in Central Liberia, the Bassa near Buchanan, the Dan, the Kru along the coast and the Grebo.

Another notable group is that of the American Liberians (descendants of immigrant ex-slaves).


English is the official language of Liberia and is spoken by 20% of the population. Furthermore, many different indigenous languages and dialects are spoken.


Liberians adhere mainly to Christian religions. 25% call themselves Christian. Muslims make up 12% of the population. In addition, most of the inhabitants of Liberia adhere to indigenous religions.


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Last updated May 2024
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