Tanzania population grows nearly 40% in a decade

Tanzania’s population grew from 44.9 million in 2012 to more than 60 million in a decade, according to the results of the national census announced on Monday.

The population rise by more than 37% prompted President Samia Suluhu Hassan to warn about the challenges posed by the expanding numbers.

“Such population might not be a big deal for a huge country like ours but it’s a burden when it comes to allocating resources and delivering social services,” President Samia is quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.

Women represent 51% of the general population, according to the census results.

Population in the capital, Dodoma, rose by a million to 3.1 million, while the commercial hub, Dar es Salaam, remains the most populated region with around 5.4 million residents.



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