Malta Population 2018

432,497

Malta is a southern European country about 50 miles south of Sicily. Malta has just 122 square miles of land and its capital, Valletta, is the smallest capital in the European Union. A popular tourist destination, Malta has some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world. In 2018, the estimated population is 432,089, which ranks 171st in the world.

Malta is one of the smallest countries in the world, and one of the most densely populated. Its estimated population of 422,000 is spread over just 122 square miles, with a population density of 1,562 people per square kilometer (4,077/sq mi), which ranks 7th in the world.

The capital is Valletta, but the largest city is Birkirkara, with a population of 22,000.

Malta Demographics

Native Maltese make up the vast majority of the population at 95%. British are the largest majority, estimated at 1.6%, and many are Britons who have chosen to retire in Malta. All censuses since 1842 have found a slightly higher number of females over males, with the highest ratio in 1957 at 1088:1000.

The Maltese language is the national language, and English (imposed by British occupiers in the 19th century) is also an official language. Malta is one of the most multi-lingual countries in the EU with 100% of the population speaking Maltese, 88% speaking English, 66% speaking Italian and 17% speaking English.

Catholicism is the state religion with a Catholic population of 98%. There is one church for every 1,000 residents.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 120 minutes
One death every 131 minutes
One net migrant every 720 minutes
Net gain of one person every 480 minutes

Malta Population in 2018Source: By Briangotts at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

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

Malta Population Growth

Malta's population is aging, like most EU countries, and this is expected to worsen in the coming years. The country has a total fertility rate of 1.53 children per woman, below the replacement rate of 2.1. By 2025, the population of Malta is expected to hit 424,000.

About Malta

Official NameRepublic of Malta
Languages SpokenEnglish, Maltese
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude35.8333333314.58333333
Currencies UsedEuro
DemonymMaltese

Countries Bordering Malta

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Malta Population Density

Malta Top 20 Cities by Population

Name Population
Birkirkara21,676
Qormi18,230
Mosta17,789
Zabbar15,030
San Pawl il-Bahar14,057
Saint John12,346
Fgura11,676
Zejtun11,549
Sliema11,318
Haz-Zebbug11,063
Hamrun10,680
Naxxar10,378
Marsaskala10,024
Attard9,510
Paola9,257
Zurrieq9,149
Birzebbuga8,668
Tarxien7,761
Siggiewi7,676
Gzira7,513

Malta Population Clock

The population of Malta (as of 11/13/2018)?432,497
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2018)432,089
Births Per Day12
Deaths Per Day11
Net Migrations Per Day 2
Net Change Per Day 3
Population Change Since January 1st951

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Estimate as of November 13th 2018 is: 432,517

Malta Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
2018432,08950.23%49.77%1367.371760.29%
2017430,83550.22%49.78%1363.401750.34%
2016429,36250.20%49.80%1358.741740.41%
2015427,61650.16%49.84%1353.221740.55%
2010416,11049.79%50.21%1316.801740.45%
2005406,78749.78%50.22%1287.301740.51%
2000396,66849.83%50.17%1255.281730.85%
1995380,30549.57%50.43%1203.501720.86%
1990364,43149.42%50.58%1153.261700.86%
1985349,19649.22%50.78%1105.051700.94%
1980333,27448.72%51.28%1054.661660.64%
1975322,82148.58%51.42%1021.591660.17%
1970320,08648.45%51.55%1012.93163-0.06%
1965321,01948.33%51.67%1015.881620.60%
1960311,53448.40%51.60%985.87160-0.10%
1955313,12448.35%51.65%990.901560.07%
1950312,00349.36%50.64%987.351550.00%

Malta Population by Year (Projections)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
2020434,36350.24%49.76%1374.571760.00%
2025439,03650.32%49.68%1389.351760.21%
2030439,96350.40%49.60%1392.291770.04%
2035436,69550.49%49.51%1381.95178-0.15%
2040431,14950.60%49.40%1364.40179-0.26%
2045424,96650.71%49.29%1344.83181-0.29%
2050419,24750.79%49.21%1326.73181-0.27%
2055413,96850.85%49.15%1310.03180-0.25%
2060408,48650.87%49.13%1292.68181-0.27%
2065402,04950.86%49.14%1272.31182-0.32%
2070394,24450.83%49.17%1247.61183-0.39%
2075385,45450.78%49.22%1219.79183-0.45%
2080376,67850.75%49.25%1192.02183-0.46%
2085368,74250.73%49.27%1166.91183-0.42%
2090362,08450.73%49.27%1145.84183-0.36%
2095356,69750.75%49.25%1128.79183-0.30%
Data Sources
  1. National Statistics Office
  2. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the 1985, 1995, 2005 and 2011 censuses, 2015 official estimate, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality, international migration.

  3. GeoNames Gazetteer