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Population density of Bangladesh 2005-2018

The population density in Bangladesh reached its highest in 2018, amounting to approximately 1.26 thousand people per square kilometer. The South Asian country was the tenth most densely populated countries in the world that year. Within the Asia Pacific region, Bangladesh’s population density was only exceeded by the Maldives, Hong Kong, Singapore and Macao. Overall, Asia had the highest population density in the world in 2018.

Population growth in Bangladesh

In 1971, Bangladesh gained its independence from Pakistan. Bangladesh’s birth rate and mortality rate had declined significantly in the past years with a life expectancy of 72.81 years in 2017. In general, the population in Bangladesh had been growing at a slow pace, slightly fluctuating around an annual rate of one percent. This growth was forecasted to continue, although it was estimated to halve by 2040. As of today, Dhaka is the largest city in Bangladesh.

Population density explained

According to the source, “population density is the mid-year population divided by land area in square kilometers.” Further, “population is based on the de facto definition of population, which counts all residents.” Bangladesh’s population reached an estimated number of 164.88 million inhabitants in 2018. In that year, the country’s land area amounted 130.2 thousand square kilometers.

Population density of Bangladesh from 2005 to 2018

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Release date

July 2019



Survey time period

2005 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Note: Figures have been rounded.

The source does not provide a date of publication. The date used here is the date of last update.

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