French Polynesia Population 2017

288,759

French Polynesia is divided into five island groups: the Austral Islands, the Marquesas Islands, the Gambier Islands, the Tuamotu Archipelago, and the Society Islands archipelago, which is made up of the Leeward Islands and the Windward Islands. 67 of the nation's 118 atolls and islands are inhabited. The most populous island is Tahiti, which is part of the Society Islands.

According to the 2012 census, 68.5% of the population lived on Tahiti. The capital city of Papeete, on Tahiti, has a population of 134,000. The country has an overall population density of 76 people per square kilometer (197/square mile), which ranks 130th in the world. The population of French Polynesia is believed to have grown from 268,000 in 2012 to 283,000 in 2015.

French Polynesia Demographics

The 2007 census found that 87% of the population in French Polynesia were born in the country, 9% were born in metropolitan France, 1% were born in overseas France outside of French Polynesia and 2% were born in foreign countries.

The last census that asked about ethnicity occurred in 1988, at which point 66.5% of the population was ethnically Polynesian, 7% was ethnically mixed Polynesian, 11.9% were European (primarily French), 93% were of mixed Polynesian and French descent (referred to as the Demis) and 4.7% were East Asians (primarily Chinese).

The Chinese, Demis and white population are concentrated on Tahiti, particularly in the capital of Papeete.

The main religion is Christianity. 54% belong to Protestant churches while 30% are Roman Catholic. About 50% of the population of the country belongs to the Maoi Protestant Church. There are also about 22,000 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) and 2,700 Jehovah's Witnesses.

French Polynesia Population Growth

French Polynesia has a relatively high standard of living and access to health care is improving. Despite this, French Polynesia remains in a vulnerable position as it has few natural resources. The country has control over its own government, and, while independence from France is a possibility one day, it will not happen in the near future.

French Polynesia's population is currently growing at a rate of 1% per year. This modest growth rate is expected to continue for the next decade.

French Polynesia Population in 2017Source: Remi Jouan

Population Data via United Nations WPP (2015 Revision, Medium Variant)

French Polynesia Population Growth

French Polynesia's population is currently growing at a rate of 1% per year. This modest growth rate is expected to continue for the next decade.

About French Polynesia

Official NameFrench Polynesia
Languages SpokenFrench
Borders
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude-15-140
Currencies UsedXPF

French Polynesia Population Density

Name Population
Taiohae1,224
Uturoa3,668
Afaahiti5,186
Arue9,458
Papao10,360
Paea12,084
Mahina14,369
Pirae14,475
Punaauia25,750
Papeete26,357
Faaa29,851

French Polynesia Population Clock

What is the population of French Polynesia (as of September 13, 2017)?288,759
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)288685
Births Per Day2
Deaths Per Day1
Net Migrations Per Day
Net Change Per Day 1
Population Change Since January 1st255

French Polynesia Population Indicators

IndicatorValueWorld Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 15.567 births/thousand119
Crude Death Rate 5.771 deaths/thousand157
Crude Net Migration Rate -0.345 people/thousand94
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 77.114 years61
Male Life Expectancy 75.014 years57
Female Life Expectancy 79.466 years62
Total Fertility Rate 1.996 children/woman120
Net Reproduction Rate 0.96 surviving daughters/woman119
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.05 males per female87
Infant Mortality Rate 5.717 deaths/1,000 live births150
Under Five Mortality 6.284 deaths/thousand155
Mean Age at Childbearing 29.21 years96
Rate of Natural Increase 9.674 119
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 2.563 %54
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 3.427 %56
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 1.661 %43
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 10.526 %61
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 12.971 %55
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 7.861 %65
Crude Suicide Rate 0 suicides/thousand0
Median Age (Total) 31.5 years99
Median Age (Female) 31.7 years99
Median Age (Male) 31.3 years91

French Polynesia Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2017288,68550.958%49.042%781280.97%181
2015282,76451.031%48.969%771281.05%182
2010268,06551.217%48.783%731261.04%182
2005254,88451.291%48.709%691251.11%182
2000237,26751.481%48.519%641231.68%182
1995215,20051.944%48.056%581251.88%181
1990198,37051.959%48.041%541251.82%181
1985175,20852.31%47.69%471282.74%181
1980151,70251.997%48.003%411292.95%181
1975130,61951.646%48.354%351333.11%183
1970110,49651.186%48.814%301343.39%182
196593,44051.294%48.706%251353.46%184
196078,08351.42%48.58%211353.3%185
195568,84851.811%48.19%181382.27%184
195060,26852.238%47.762%161402.97%185

French Polynesia Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020296,26750.861%49.139%801290.6%182
2025303,38950.722%49.278%821290.55%184
2030312,66550.595%49.405%851320.52%184
2035319,68550.492%49.508%871320.36%185
2040324,65050.416%49.584%881350.25%185
2045328,11150.374%49.626%891360.17%186
2050330,37450.368%49.632%901380.09%186
2055331,32050.388%49.612%901400%186
2060330,69450.426%49.574%90138-0.09%186
2065328,66250.473%49.527%89137-0.17%185
2070325,55050.519%49.481%88138-0.22%185
2075321,66550.559%49.441%87138-0.27%185
2080317,18550.58%49.42%86138-0.3%185
2085312,21250.596%49.405%85138-0.33%185
2090307,01250.607%49.393%83139-0.34%185
2095301,82550.623%49.378%82140-0.34%185
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations