What is Guatemala's Population and Ethnic Makeup?
As of 2013, the population of Guatemala was a little over 14 million. The annual growth rate is just under 2 percent. Guatemala is a fairly young country — the median age is about 21 years-old. About half of the population lives in urban environments.
Guatemala is evenly divided between the descendants of indigenous Maya groups (of which there are 21 different linguistic groups) and ladinos, who are of Mayan descent but have westernized their dress and culture and also speak Spanish. There are also a large number of mestizos (descendents of both Europeans and Mayans) and a small amount of people with pure European lineages.