Maldives Population 2018

447,251

Maldives, officially the Republic of the Maldives and referred to as the Maldive Islands, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean-Arabian Sea region. The country is made up of 27 atolls between the Chagos Archipelago and Minicoy Island, 250 miles southwest of India. In 2018, Maldives has an estimated population of 444,259, which ranks 175th in the world.

Maldives is the smallest Asian country, both by land area and population. Its estimated population is 444,259, who live on a total land area of just 298 square kilometers (206th in the world). The Maldive Islands has a high population density of 1,102 people per square kilometer, making it the 11th most densely populated country on earth.

The largest city and capital in Maldives is Male, with an estimated population of 63,000. This is followed by Addu City (32,000) and Fuvahmulah (12,000). These are the only cities with a population surpassing 10,000.

Maldives Demographics

The people of Maldives have an identity that is a blend of the cultures of people who settled on the islands. It is believed the earliest inhabitants were from Sri Lanka and southern India. The Maldives people are ethnically related to those of the Indian subcontinent and are ethnically known as Dhivehis.

There are about 70,000 foreign workers in Maldives, as well as 33,000 illegal immigrants, who make up about one-thrd of the total population. Most workers and immigrants are from Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 69 minutes
One death every 360 minutes
One net migrant every 288 minutes
Net gain of one person every 65 minutes

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

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

Maldives Population Growth

From 1905 to 1960, the population remained around 100,000 before starting to climb after independence. The population doubled by 1978, and its growth rate peaked at 3.4% in 1985. Maldives reached a population of 299,000 at the 2006 census.

The Maldive Islands has very little room for more growth, as it is already the 11th most densely populated country on the world and has less than 300 square kilometers of land. The country's fertility rate has fallen from 6.4 births per woman in 1990 to just 2.8 in 2000, while the share of older people has grown. Maldives is expected to continue its modest growth rate of 2% for the near future.

About Maldives

Official NameRepublic of the Maldives
Languages SpokenMaldivian
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude3.2573
Currencies UsedMaldives (Maldive Islands) Rufiyaa
DemonymMaldivan

Countries Bordering Maldives

None

Maldives Population Density

Maldives Top 20 Cities by Population

Name Population
Male103,693
Fuvahmulah11,140
Hithadhoo9,927
Kulhudhuffushi9,500
Thinadhoo6,376
Naifaru5,044
Dhidhdhoo3,039
Viligili2,925
Funadhoo2,900
Eydhafushi2,808
Fonadhoo1,773
Manadhoo1,580
Ugoofaaru1,575
Kudahuvadhoo1,562
Veymandoo1,100
Muli1,008
Felidhoo541

Maldives Population Clock

The population of Maldives (as of 11/13/2018)?447,251
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2018)444,259
Births Per Day21
Deaths Per Day4
Net Migrations Per Day 5
Net Change Per Day 22
Population Change Since January 1st6,974

Maldives Population Estimator

SuMoTuWeThFrSa
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

Estimate as of November 13th 2018 is: 447,025

Maldives Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
2018444,25956.93%43.07%1480.861741.82%
2017436,33056.86%43.14%1454.431742.00%
2016427,75656.74%43.26%1425.851752.24%
2015418,40356.56%43.44%1394.681752.80%
2010364,51154.77%45.23%1215.041772.71%
2005318,83652.71%47.29%1062.791782.60%
2000280,38450.63%49.37%934.611791.99%
1995254,08250.63%49.36%846.941802.62%
1990223,21551.27%48.73%744.051793.31%
1985189,63752.04%47.95%632.121793.67%
1980158,38552.30%47.70%527.951793.02%
1975136,51952.57%47.43%455.061813.35%
1970115,76851.69%48.30%385.891822.41%
1965102,76653.42%46.57%342.551812.71%
196089,88754.47%45.54%299.621812.43%
195579,71455.50%44.50%265.711811.58%
195073,71456.53%43.47%245.711800.00%

Maldives Population by Year (Projections)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
2020458,90957.02%42.98%1529.701730.00%
2025489,69557.08%42.92%1632.321731.31%
2030511,76656.97%43.03%1705.891730.89%
2035529,94356.88%43.12%1766.481730.70%
2040546,96156.78%43.22%1823.201730.63%
2045563,11956.68%43.32%1877.061740.58%
2050576,43556.57%43.43%1921.451740.47%
2055584,54756.45%43.55%1948.491730.28%
2060586,61956.31%43.69%1955.401740.07%
2065583,24756.11%43.89%1944.16175-0.12%
2070575,58455.82%44.18%1918.61176-0.26%
2075564,41655.43%44.57%1881.39176-0.39%
2080550,48554.96%45.03%1834.95176-0.50%
2085535,05354.50%45.49%1783.51177-0.57%
2090520,18654.13%45.87%1733.95177-0.56%
2095507,42353.88%46.12%1691.41177-0.50%
Data Sources
  1. Ministry of Planning and National Development
  2. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the 1967, 1974, 1977, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2006 and 2014 censuses, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration.

  3. GeoNames Gazetteer