Indonesia Population 2019

271,892,132

Indonesia is a sovereign archipelago in Southeast Asia and the fourth most populous country on earth after China, India, and the United States.

Indonesia Area and Population Density

Indonesia is made up of more than 17,000 islands with over 1.9 million square miles of land, which makes it the 4th largest country. Indonesia has a population estimated at 270.63 million in 2019, up from the 2015 estimate of 257 million. About 56.7% of Indonesia's population lives on Java, the most populous island. The population density of Indonesia is currently at 140.08 individuals per square kilometer.

Largest Cities in Indonesia

According to the 2010 official population data, Indonesia has 11 cities with a population over 1 million, although estimates from 2014 show that there are now 14 cities that have populations that exceed 1 million. The 10 largest cities in Indonesia, with populations as of 2014, are:

  • Jakarta (Jakarta Province): 10.135 million
  • Surabaya (East Java): 2.843 million
  • Bandung (West Java): 2.575 million
  • Medan (North Sumatra): 2.497 million
  • Bekasi(West Java): 2.51 million
  • Semarang (Central Java): 2.067 million
  • Tangerang (Banten): 2.001 million
  • Depok (West Java): 1.869 million
  • Palembang (South Sumatra): 1.561 million
  • South Tangerang (Banten): 1.436 million

Jakarta isn't just the most populous city in Indonesia; it's also the most populous in Southeast Asia and the 14th most populated city on earth. The official metropolitan area, known as Jabodetabek, is the third largest in the world, and the metropolis's suburbs extend even further. The entire area has a population of over 30 million, which makes it one of the largest conurbations on earth. It's also one of the fastest-growing cities on earth, growing faster than Beijing and Bangkok, with a population density in the city proper of 15,342 people per square kilometer (39,740/square mile).

Indonesia Demographics

Indonesia has more than 300 distinct ethnic and linguistic groups, although the largest and most dominant in terms of politics are the Javanese at over 40% of the population. Most Indonesians are descended from Austronesian-speaking people. Another major ethnic group are Melanesians who live on the eastern part of the country. Other major ethnic groups include: Sundanese (15.5%), Malay (2.27%), Madurese (3.03%), Batak (3.58%), Minankabau (2.73%), Betawi (2.88%), Bantenese (1.97%), Banjarese (1.74%), Balinese (1.67%), and Makasserese (1.13%)..

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Chinese Indonesians account for about 3% of the population but they are influential, controlling most of the country's wealth and commerce.

Indonesia Religion, Economy and Politics

There are more than 700 languages spoken in Indonesia. Bahasa Indonesia, a form of Malay, is the official language and is used mostly in education, media, commerce, and administration. Most people in Indonesia actually tend to speak other languages as their primary language, however.

The median age of the population in Indonesia is approximately 30.2 years of age, 42.4% of the population between 25 and 54 years of age. The 0-14 age group is currently just over 25%, strengthening the number of youths that will come into the workforce as the current workers move past working age.

In terms of accessibility to clean water and sanitation facilities, approximately 87.4% have improved access to clean drinking water while 12.6% still struggle. Only 60.8% have improved access to sanitation while 39.2% still have unimproved accessibility to sanitation services. However, Indonesia maintains a fairly high literacy rate of 95.4% among the entire population with males having a slight advantage of roughly 4% over females.

Indonesia Population History

Another interesting statistic involves the ages of the Indonesian population and although these figures date from the previous national census of 2000, they still tell an interesting story. Of the total 2000 population, 27.3% were aged between 0 and 14 years, 66.5% between 15 and 64, while just 6.1% of the population of Indonesia were aged over 65.

The birth rate was healthy compared to the death rate too and based on a 2012 estimate, it’s believed that there are 17.76 births per 1,000 people compared to just 6.28 deaths. Add in a loss of 1.08 people to net migration and you have a total annual growth rate of 1.04%.

Indonesia Population Growth

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That final figure of 1.04% may not seem like a lot but on a population of over 250 million, it leads to some significant increases. As the Jakarta Post reported in 2013, Indonesia's population has doubled within just 40 years from 119 million in 1971 to almost 240 million in 2010, based on figures from the Central Statistics Agency. In another 40 years, the country's population is expected to climb much higher.

Indonesia Population Projections

According to the Jakarta Post author, the high Muslim population in Indonesia is leading to a very high birth rate, which cannot be sustained. The article points out that Jakarta, Indonesia's largest city, is in a naturally flood-prone area, and the depth and extent of floods only increases as the population density increases.

Unfortunately, Indonesia's attempts at family planning education and population control have not been very successful, and it's hard to say how sustainable the country's growth will be.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 7 seconds
One death every 18 seconds
One net migrant every 5 minutes
Net gain of one person every 11 seconds

Indonesia Population in 2018Source: By Gunawan Kartapranata [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], from Wikimedia Commons

Indonesia Population Pyramid 2019

Indonesia Population by Age

There are 185,623,928 adults in Indonesia.

Census Years

Year Date
20202020
201031 May 2010
200030 June 2000
199031 October 1990

Predictions currently place Indonesia's population at 321 million by 2050.

Official NameRepublic of Indonesia
Languages SpokenIndonesian
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude-5.00, 120.00
Currencies UsedIndonesia Rupiah
DemonymIndonesian
BordersTimor Leste
Malaysia
Papua New Guinea
Name Population Location
Jakarta8,540,121Map
Surabaya2,374,658Map
Medan1,750,971Map
Bandung1,699,719Map
Bekasi1,520,119Map
Palembang1,441,500Map
Tangerang1,372,124Map
Makassar1,321,717Map
South Tangerang1,303,569Map
Semarang1,288,084Map
Depok1,198,129Map
Batam1,164,352Map
Padang840,352Map
Denpasar834,881Map
Bandar Lampung800,348Map
Bogor800,000Map
Malang746,716Map
Pekanbaru703,956Map
City of Balikpapan700,000Map
Yogyakarta636,660Map

Indonesia Population Clock

The population of Indonesia (as of 12/4/2019)?271,892,132
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2019)270,625,568
Births Per Day13,188
Deaths Per Day4,794
Net Migrations Per Day-275
Net Change Per Day8,119
Population Change Since January 1st2,736,103

Indonesia Population Estimator

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Estimate as of December 4th 2019 is: 271,864,185

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
2019270,625,56850.35%49.65%142.0941.10%
2018267,670,54350.36%49.64%140.5441.14%
2017264,650,96350.36%49.64%138.9641.18%
2016261,556,38150.36%49.64%137.3341.23%
2015258,383,25650.36%49.64%135.6641.33%
2010241,834,21550.37%49.63%126.9841.34%
2005226,289,47050.20%49.80%118.8141.36%
2000211,513,82350.05%49.95%111.0641.44%
1995196,934,26050.02%49.98%103.4041.66%
1990181,413,40250.21%49.79%95.2541.92%
1985164,982,45149.99%50.01%86.6242.27%
1980147,447,83649.95%50.05%77.4242.44%
1975130,680,72749.90%50.10%68.6152.63%
1970114,793,17849.84%50.16%60.2752.74%
1965100,267,06249.77%50.23%52.6552.70%
196087,751,06849.69%50.31%46.0762.58%
195577,273,42549.62%50.38%40.5762.13%
195069,543,31649.61%50.39%36.5170.00%
Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
2020273,523,61550.35%49.65%143.6140.00%
2025287,089,63550.31%49.69%150.7440.97%
2030299,198,43050.25%49.75%157.1040.83%
2035309,764,94450.17%49.83%162.6440.70%
2040318,637,85850.09%49.91%167.3050.57%
2045325,705,34850.03%49.97%171.0150.44%
2050330,904,66449.99%50.01%173.7460.32%
2055334,399,27649.97%50.03%175.5860.21%
2060336,444,03949.98%50.02%176.6560.12%
2065337,314,35750.02%49.98%177.1160.05%
2070337,224,79150.07%49.93%177.066-0.01%
2075336,349,48950.13%49.87%176.606-0.05%
2080334,740,05650.20%49.80%175.766-0.10%
2085332,353,61450.27%49.73%174.506-0.14%
2090329,171,32550.33%49.67%172.837-0.19%
2095325,272,47150.40%49.60%170.797-0.24%
  1. Central Bureau of Statistics Indonesia
  2. World Population Prospects (2019 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with censuses from 1961 to 2010, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration.

  3. GeoNames Gazetteer