French Polynesia Population 2017

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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 2017 Source: 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.

French Polynesia Population Density

About French Polynesia

Official Name French Polynesia
Languages Spoken French
Borders
Is Landlocked No
Latitude/Longitude -15,-140
Currencies Used XPF

French Polynesia Population Clock

What is the population of French Polynesia (as of [[date]])? [[getCurrentPopulation()]]
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017) [[getLastEstimate()]]
Births Per Day 2
Deaths Per Day 1
Net Migrations Per Day
Net Change Per Day 1
Population Change Since January 1st [[getPopChangeThisYear()]]
  • Net [[getIncreaseOrDecrease()]] of 1 person every [[getDurationPerPerson()]]

  • Population estimated based on interpolation of World Population Prospects data.

French Polynesia Population Indicators

Indicator Value World Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 15.567 births/thousand 119th
Crude Death Rate 5.771 deaths/thousand 157th
Crude Net Migration Rate -0.345 people/thousand 94th
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 77.114 years 61st
Life Expectancy (Male) 75.014 years 57th
Life Expectancy (Female) 79.466 years 62nd
Total Fertility Rate 1.996 children/woman 120th
Net Reproduction Rate 0.96 surviving daughters/woman 119th
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.05 males per female 87th
Infant Mortality Rate 5.717 deaths/1,000 live births 150th
Under Five Mortality 6.284 deaths/thousand 155th
Mean Age at Childbearing 29.21 years 96th
Rate of Natural Increase 9.674 119th
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 2.563% 54th
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 3.427% 56th
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 1.661% 43rd
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 10.526% 54th
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 12.971% 56th
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 7.861% 43rd
Crude Suicide Rate 0 suicides/thousand 0th
Median Age (Total) 31.5 years 99th
Median Age (Female) 31.7 years 99th
Median Age (Male) 31.3 years 91st

French Polynesia Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2017 288,685 50.958% 49.042% 78 128 0.97% 181
2015 282,764 51.031% 48.969% 77 128 1.05% 182
2010 268,065 51.217% 48.783% 73 126 1.04% 182
2005 254,884 51.291% 48.709% 69 125 1.11% 182
2000 237,267 51.481% 48.519% 64 123 1.68% 182
1995 215,200 51.944% 48.056% 58 125 1.88% 181
1990 198,370 51.959% 48.041% 54 125 1.82% 181
1985 175,208 52.31% 47.69% 47 128 2.74% 181
1980 151,702 51.997% 48.003% 41 129 2.95% 181
1975 130,619 51.646% 48.354% 35 133 3.11% 183
1970 110,496 51.186% 48.814% 30 134 3.39% 182
1965 93,440 51.294% 48.706% 25 135 3.46% 184
1960 78,083 51.42% 48.58% 21 135 3.3% 185
1955 68,848 51.811% 48.19% 18 138 2.27% 184
1950 60,268 52.238% 47.762% 16 140 2.97% 185

French Polynesia Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020 296,267 50.861% 49.139% 80 129 0.6% 182
2025 303,389 50.722% 49.278% 82 129 0.55% 184
2030 312,665 50.595% 49.405% 85 132 0.52% 184
2035 319,685 50.492% 49.508% 87 132 0.36% 185
2040 324,650 50.416% 49.584% 88 135 0.25% 185
2045 328,111 50.374% 49.626% 89 136 0.17% 186
2050 330,374 50.368% 49.632% 90 138 0.09% 186
2055 331,320 50.388% 49.612% 90 140 0% 186
2060 330,694 50.426% 49.574% 90 138 -0.09% 186
2065 328,662 50.473% 49.527% 89 137 -0.17% 185
2070 325,550 50.519% 49.481% 88 138 -0.22% 185
2075 321,665 50.559% 49.441% 87 138 -0.27% 185
2080 317,185 50.58% 49.42% 86 138 -0.3% 185
2085 312,212 50.596% 49.405% 85 138 -0.33% 185
2090 307,012 50.607% 49.393% 83 139 -0.34% 185
2095 301,825 50.623% 49.378% 82 140 -0.34% 185
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations