The population of Zimbabwe fluctuates over the years. In the year 2003 the population was about 12,891,000. This many people placed Zimbabwe at about 67th out of 193 nations as far as population. The population of Zimbabwe today stands at around 11,392,629 people. The decline is partly due to the spread of diseases such as AIDS and HIV. The number of people with active HIV is estimated to be over 1.8 million people. There has also been a recent widespread outbreak of Cholera. However, the population for 2015 is expected to be about 13,031,000. This involves a growth rate of about .49%.

Birth and Death Rates
The birth rate in 2007 was, on average, 27.72 births for every 1,000 people in the nation. Approximately 3.08 children were born to every woman. On the other side, the death rate was, on average, 21.76 deathes per every 1,000 Zimbabweans. The average life expectancy for a male living in Zimbabwe is only 38.35 years. The life span for a woman is slightly better at 40.62 years.

Mortality Rates
The mortality rate in Zimbabwe is pretty high. Overall, for infants, the mortality rate is 31.31 dead children for every 1,000 live births. For males the rate is around 34.9 babies per every 1,000 live births. Females, however, seem to have a better chance at surviving infancy with a mortality rate of only 29.64 dead babies for every 1,000 live births.
African Graveyard

Literacy Rates
Zimbabwe is very well read as a nation, especially compared to other nations around the world. Overall, the literacy rate in the country is about 90.7%. For males, it is around 94.2% and 87.2% for females. This high literacy rate is remarkable considering the average length of time that children attend school, both male and female, is only 9 years.