Last Census - 2003
Comoros, officially the Union of the Comoros, is a sovereign archipelago nation in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa between Madagascar and Mozambique. The Comoros is the third-smallest African country by area. Excluding the contested island of Mayotte, Comoros has an estimated 2014 population of 800,000, which ranks 163rd in the world.
Comoros Population 2014
The Comoros is one of the least populous countries in the world, but it is one of the most densely populated. There are 275 people per square kilometer (710/sq mi) on average, with is the 25th highest population density in the world, despite ranking 178th in terms of total area. About one-third of the population lives in urban areas, including Moroni, Mutsamudu, and Domoni.
Most of the population of the Comoros is descended from African-Arabs. Suuni Islam is the main religion that represents up to 98% of the population. While Arab culture is dominant in the country, there is a small population of Mayotte, who are mostly immigrants from France. There are also small populations of Malagasy and Indians, with some people of French and European ancestry. Most French people left the Comoros after it gained independence in 1975.
There are also between 200,000 and 35,000 Comorians living in France.
Since its independence, the Comoros has gone through many coups and half of the population now lives below the international poverty line of $1.25 USD per day.
Comoros Population Growth
The Comoros has healthy population growth as half of its population is under the age of 15 and the fertility rate is 4.7 babies born to each adult woman. The country's population has been growing steadily since the 1970's and this trend is expected to continue.