Interesting Africa Statistics and Facts (2020) | By the Numbers



Africa Statistics and Facts

Here are a few of the most interesting Africa statistics and facts I was able to dig up. As always, be sure to check back in the future as I will be updating this post as new and updated stats become available.

Africa Statistics and Facts

Africa Facts

  • Location: Africa on Google Maps
  • Continental Area: 11.73 square miles (30.37 square kilometers)
  • Time Zone(s):
Time zone Offset
Central Africa Time UTC +2
Central European Time UTC +1
Cape Verde Time UTC -1
Eastern Africa Time UTC +3
Eastern European Time UTC +2
Greenwich Mean Time UTC +0
Mauritius Time UTC +4
Reunion Time UTC +4
South Africa Standard Time UTC +2
Seychelles Time UTC +4
West Africa Summer Time UTC +2
West Africa Time UTC +1
Western European Summer Time UTC +1
Western European Time UTC +0
Western Sahara Summer Time UTC +1
Western Sahara Standard Time UTC +0
  • Population: 1.225 billion (2016)
  • Number of Native Languages Spoken: ~1,000 – 3,000
  • Top Languages Spoken: Arabic, Swahili, Hausa, English, Amharic, French
  • Number of recognized countries in Africa: 54
  • List of Countries in Africa: 
    • Algeria
    • Angola
    • Benin
    • Botswana
    • Burkina Faso
    • Burundi
    • Cameroon
    • Cape Verde
    • Central African Republic
    • Chad
    • Comoros
    • Democratic Republic of the Congo
    • Republic of the Congo
    • Cote d’Ivoire
    • Djibouti
    • Egypt
    • Equatorial Guinea
    • Eritrea
    • Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)
    • Ethiopia
    • Gabon
    • Gambia
    • Ghana
    • Guinea
    • Guinea-Bissau
    • Kenya
    • Lesotho
    • Liberia
    • Libya
    • Madagascar
    • Malawi
    • Mali
    • Mauritania
    • Mauritius
    • Morocco
    • Mozambique
    • Namibia
    • Niger
    • Nigeria
    • Rwanda
    • Sao Tome and Principe
    • Senegal
    • Seychelles
    • Sierra Leone
    • Somalia
    • South Africa
    • South Sudan
    • Sudan
    • Tanzania
    • Togo
    • Tunisia
    • Uganda
    • Zambia
    • Zimbabwe

Africa Statistics:

Africa’s richest man:

Aliko Dangote (worth $10.8 billion)

Last updated 3/8/19


Percentage of sub-Sahran Africa that lives on $1.90 or less per day:

42.3%

Last updated 2013


Number of people who faced food insecurity in Africa in 2017 because of conflict:

74 million


Number of African countries that faced a food crisis in 2017 due to climate and weather conditions:

23


Rate of growth of the African population from 2010-2015:

2.55% per year


Number of elephants that roamed Africa in 1930:

10 million


Number of elephants that roam Africa today:

415,000

Last updated 2018


Decrease in African poverty level from 1990-2012:

13%