Centrally located and at an altitude of 2,500 feet (750 meters) above sea level, Yaoundé is the capital city for the Republic of Cameroon–a country on Central Africa’s mid-western coast.
Cameroon is the second most linguistically diverse nation after Nigeria, with 287 living languages including colonial versions. Another distinguishing fact is that Cameroonians have among the world’s shortest life expectancies–an average 58.5 years per the Central Intelligence Agency’s World Factbook.
Yaoundé is in the Guinness World Records as the site for the largest business lesson. On August 6, 2016 Freedom Faithnet Global conducted a business lesson attended by 2,464 people in Cameroon’s capital city.
Cameroon was among the world’s 120 top exporters in 2016, shipping US$2.1 billion worth of goods around the globe. Cameroon’s highest-value exports are petroleum oils, cocoa beans, lumber, cotton, aluminum, bananas, natural rubber and coffee according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Yaoundé, Cameroon: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Cathédrale Notre Dame des Victoires, National Museum of Yaoundé (Le Musée National de Yaoundé), Mefou National Park and the Monument de la Réunification
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Yaoundé, Cameroon:
- Samuel Umtiti, soccer player/footballer (born Nov. 14, 1993)
- Joel Embiid, professional NBA basketball player (born Mar. 16, 1994)
- Dencia, pop singer (born Mar. 26, 1992)
- Luc Mbah a Moute, professional NBA basketball player (born Sep. 9, 1986)
- Nicolas N’Koulou, soccer player/footballer (born Mar. 27, 1990)
- Wilglory Tanjong, author & scholar (born Feb. 3,1996 )
- Emil Abossolo-Mbo, actor (born Aug. 29, 1958)
- Roger Milla, soccer player/footballer (born May 20, 1952)
- Sandra Nkaké, actress & singer (born Nov. 15, 1973)
- Sumi ‘Tony’ Epie, beach volleyball player (born Sep. 9, 1974)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Cameroo resident: Cameroonian
Population: 1,338,082 (Yaoundé city)
Density: 19,115 people per square mile (7,381 per square kilometer)
Population: 3,205,000 (Yaoundé built-up urban area)
Density: 36,011 people per square mile (13,904 per square kilometer)
Population: 24,360,803 (Cameroon)
Density: 133 people per square mile (52 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$77.2 billion as of October 2016 (for Cameroon, per WorldsRichestCountries.com)
GDP per person: $3,169
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Yaoundé were unavailable.
Official currency used in Yaoundé: Central African CFA franc
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on November 29, 2016
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Africa: Cameroon. Accessed on February 6, 2017
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas. Accessed on November 29, 2016
CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition. Accessed on November 29, 2016
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on November 29, 2016
Guinness World Records, Largest business lesson. Accessed on February 6, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on February 6, 2017
Languages of the World, Linguistic diversity in Africa and Europe. Accessed on February 6, 2017
Official Government Website, Prime Minister’s Office, Republic of Cameroon. Accessed on November 29, 2016
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on November 29, 2016
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Cameroon. Accessed on February 6, 2017
Wikipedia, Yaoundé. Accessed on November 29, 2016
Wikipedia, Yaoundé (French version). Accessed on November 29, 2016
World Population Review, Population of Cities in Cameroon (2016). Accessed on November 29, 2016
Yaoundé has a population of about 1.3 million people within city proper limits surrounding an area measuring 70 square miles (181 square kilometers).
Yaoundé’s built-up urban area extends over 89 square miles (231 kilometers), and is home to an estimated 3.2 million inhabitants.
At the country level, Cameroon’s land area covers 182,514 square miles (472,710 square kilometers). The national population count was 24.4 million residents as of July 2016.
Population density is lower within Cameroon’s capital city limits with an average 19,100 Cameroonians per square mile (7,400 per square kilometer).
Density intensifies to an average 36,000 people per square mile (13,900 per square kilometer) for Yaoundé’s built-up urban area.
For Cameroon overall, population density drops to an average 130 inhabitants per square mile (50 per square kilometer).
Cameroon gained independence from the French-administered United Nations trusteeship on January 1, 1960. Cameroonians celebrate State Unification Day (National Day) as a public holiday each May 20.