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Tanzania’s Population Now Hits 61.74 million

Results from the latest National Population and Housing Census indicate that the total number of Tanzanians is 61,741,120.

The number comprises of residents of both the mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar.

Announcing the outcome of the count, in Dodoma, President Samia Suluhu Hassan reveals that Dar-es-salaam Region tops the list with nearly 5.4 million residents, accounting for 8.7 percent of the total country’s population.

Zanzibar Islands, that is Unguja, and Pemba have a total of 1,889,773 residents between them.

Out of the 61.74 million Tanzanians, there are 31,687,990 women, accounting for 51 percent of the total population.

When it comes to housing, the country was found to have a total of 14, 348,372 properties (buildings) both on the mainland and Isles.

Results from the previous 2012 census, indicates that Tanzania had a total population of 44,928,923 ten years ago.

That is opposed to 12,313,469 residents counted during the first post-independence census in 1967.

The country records an annual population growth rate of 2.9 percent.

Around 44 percent of the population represents a group under the age of 15.

On the other hand, 35.5 percent representing a group aged 15-35, while 52.2 percent being a group aged 15-64, and 3.8 percent comprises an older group of 64 years.

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