Malawi Population 2017

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Malawi has a land area of almost 119,000 square kilometers, or 99th in the world, with an estimated population of 17.2 million which ranks 64th in the world. Malawi still has a fairly low population density of 129 people per square kilometer (86th in the world).

There are four cities in Malawi. The capital is Lilongwe (978,000 in 2014), while the largest city is Blantyre (1.9 million in 2014) -- the commercial capital -- and Mzuzu (1.7 million in the outskirts, 130,000 in the city).

Malawi Demographics

Malawi has several ethnic groups, including the Chewa, Nyanja, Yao, Tumbuka, Lomwe, Sena, Tonga, Ngoni, and Ngonde. There are sizable populations of Europeans and Asians. The official language is Chichewa, spoken by 57% of the population although English, Chinyanja, Chiyao, and Chitumbuka are spoken by a large percentage of people. There are also several native languages, such as Malawian Lomwe, Kokola, Lambya, Ndali, and Nyakyusa-Ngonde.

The main religions are Christianity and Islam. There are no accurate estimates on the religious affiliation of Malawi's population, but it is estimated that 68% of the country is Christian while 25% is Muslim.

Malawi is one of the least developed countries in the world with an economy centered on agriculture and a population that is mostly rural. The government depends a great deal of outside aid. There is a low life expectancy in Malawi with a high infant mortality rate and a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS (12% of the population).

Malawi Population in 2017 Source: Brian Dell

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

Malawi Population Growth

Malawi is growing rapidly with a 3% annual growth rate. By 2050, the population is expected to hit 45 million, which is almost triple the 2010 population of 2010.

Malawi Population Density

About Malawi

Official Name Republic of Malawi
Languages Spoken English, Chewa
Borders MOZ, TZA, ZMB
Is Landlocked Yes
Latitude/Longitude -13.5,34
Currencies Used MWK

Malawi Population Clock

What is the population of Malawi (as of [[date]])? [[getCurrentPopulation()]]
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017) [[getLastEstimate()]]
Births Per Day 379
Deaths Per Day 69
Net Migrations Per Day -33
Net Change Per Day 277
Population Change Since January 1st [[getPopChangeThisYear()]]
  • Net [[getIncreaseOrDecrease()]] of 1 person every [[getDurationPerPerson()]]

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

Malawi Population Indicators

Indicator Value World Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 37.743 births/thousand 14th
Crude Death Rate 6.872 deaths/thousand 123rd
Crude Net Migration Rate -0.645 people/thousand 108th
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 65.509 years 159th
Life Expectancy (Male) 64.503 years 153rd
Life Expectancy (Female) 66.388 years 162nd
Total Fertility Rate 4.904 children/woman 16th
Net Reproduction Rate 2.131 surviving daughters/woman 15th
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.03 males per female 160th
Infant Mortality Rate 52.002 deaths/1,000 live births 25th
Under Five Mortality 64.239 deaths/thousand 37th
Mean Age at Childbearing 28.736 years 121st
Rate of Natural Increase 30.798 11th
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 15.903% 166th
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 14.906% 160th
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 16.9% 175th
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 28.189% 166th
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 28.769% 160th
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 27.695% 175th
Crude Suicide Rate 8.6 suicides/thousand 76th
Median Age (Total) 16.5 years 211th
Median Age (Female) 16.6 years 212th
Median Age (Male) 16.3 years 211th

Malawi Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2017 18,298,679 49.961% 50.039% 194 72 3.03% 64
2015 17,215,232 49.915% 50.085% 182 72 3.06% 65
2010 14,769,823 49.807% 50.193% 156 72 3.05% 67
2005 12,747,846 49.748% 50.252% 135 77 2.82% 70
2000 11,193,230 49.588% 50.412% 118 82 2.63% 69
1995 9,822,812 49.475% 50.525% 104 90 1.86% 76
1990 9,408,998 49.136% 50.864% 99 90 2.05% 73
1985 7,205,635 49.142% 50.858% 76 104 5.55% 81
1980 6,163,225 48.972% 51.028% 65 110 2.63% 83
1975 5,292,816 48.782% 51.218% 56 109 3.02% 83
1970 4,603,739 48.626% 51.374% 48 110 2.68% 87
1965 4,058,680 48.512% 51.488% 43 109 2.42% 90
1960 3,618,604 48.412% 51.588% 38 109 2.23% 89
1955 3,252,341 48.244% 51.756% 34 109 2.07% 90
1950 2,953,870 48.003% 51.998% 31 109 1.82% 89

Malawi Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020 20,022,268 50.022% 49.978% 212 69 2.94% 62
2025 23,134,167 50.095% 49.905% 245 60 2.83% 61
2030 26,583,781 50.148% 49.852% 281 55 2.7% 60
2035 30,330,651 50.182% 49.818% 321 47 2.55% 58
2040 34,359,591 50.2% 49.8% 364 39 2.41% 57
2045 38,651,136 50.201% 49.799% 409 36 2.27% 53
2050 43,154,607 50.186% 49.814% 457 33 2.11% 49
2055 47,810,418 50.161% 49.839% 507 32 1.95% 46
2060 52,545,874 50.131% 49.869% 557 24 1.8% 44
2065 57,303,725 50.098% 49.902% 607 22 1.64% 41
2070 62,024,340 50.067% 49.933% 657 21 1.5% 36
2075 66,666,546 50.041% 49.959% 707 21 1.36% 36
2080 71,181,615 50.018% 49.982% 755 20 1.23% 34
2085 75,529,041 49.997% 50.003% 801 19 1.11% 32
2090 79,657,050 49.975% 50.025% 844 19 0.99% 31
2095 83,511,044 49.951% 50.049% 885 18 0.88% 30
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations