Moldova Population 2017

4,047,417

Moldova, officially the Republic of Moldova, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe bordered by Ukraine and Romania. The 2017 estimated population of Moldova is 4.05 million, which ranks 135nd in the world.

The estimated population of 4.05 million compared to the 2004 census population of 3.38 million (excluding Transnistria) and 3.93 million including Transnistria. The capital and largest city of Moldova is Chisinau, with an estimated population of 723,000. This is followed by Tiraspol (149,000) and Balti (144,000). While it is the 138th largest country, Moldova has a population density of 122 people per square kilometer (316/sq mi).

Moldova Demographics

The 2004 Moldovan census found the population is comprised of:

  • Moldovans (75.8%)
  • Ukranians (8.3%)
  • Russians (6%)
  • Gagauz (4.3%)
  • Romanians (2.1%)
  • Bulgarians (0.3%)
  • Romani (0.07%)
  • Other (0.9%)

The 2004 census in Transnistria (areas controlled by breakaway authorites like Transnistia and Bender/Tignhina) found Moldovans make up 32% of the region's population, followed by Ukranians (29%) and Russians (30%).

There is a controversy about whether Romanians and Moldovans are the same ethnic group, and allegations that ethnic numbers were rigged. 19% of respondents who said they were Moldovans said Romanian was their native language.

The percentage of Russians and Ukranians has decreased since the last Soviet census in 1989, mostly due to emigration. Most Russians live in urban areas like Chisinau and Tiraspol. The Gagauz are the fourth-largest ethnic group and live mostly south of Moldova in the autonomous region of Gagauzia.

Moldova Population in 2018Source: samoil alexei alexandru

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

Moldova Population Growth

Moldova has a total fertility rate of about 1.55 children born to each woman, which is below the replacement rate of 2.1. Moldova currently has a flat population growth rate of 0.0%. Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, Moldova has struggled with healthcare issues, and it now has one of the highest rates of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the world. Emigration is also a big problem in Moldova that is impacting growth, the economy and demographics. It is estimated that 600,000 to 1 million citizens (or 25% of the population) works abroad.

About Moldova

Official NameRepublic of Moldova
Languages SpokenMoldavian
BordersROU, UKR
Is LandlockedYes
Latitude/Longitude4729
Currencies UsedMDL

Moldova Population Density

Name Population
Chisinau635,994
Tiraspolul157,000
Balti125,000
Bender110,175
Ribnita55,455
Cahul34,492
Ungheni34,422
Soroca27,423
Orhei24,918
Dubasari23,254
Comrat22,911
Edinet22,872
Ceadir-Lunga22,700
Causeni21,690
Straseni19,225
Hincesti16,900
Floresti16,759
Drochia16,080
Bilicenii Vechi15,479
Slobozia15,356
Ialoveni14,915
Singerei14,600
Falesti14,377
Vulcanesti14,352
Leova14,301
Briceni14,132
Calarasi14,066
Taraclia13,512
Riscani12,893
Cimislia12,464
Nisporeni11,718
Camenca11,072
Basarabeasca10,809
Dnestrovsc10,426
Glodeni10,146
Dancu10,000
Briceni9,900
Rezina9,806
Grigoriopol9,456
Donduseni9,435
Ocnita9,325
Mindresti9,280
Chitcani9,000
Otaci8,400
Anenii Noi8,250
Stefan Voda7,700
Cricova7,400
Pervomaisc7,300
Singera7,200
Criuleni6,932
Ciorescu6,870
Telenesti6,633
Soldanesti6,160
Stauceni5,700
Iargara5,600
Vadul lui Voda5,300
Cocieri4,151
Cantemir3,829

Moldova Population Clock

What is the population of Moldova (as of 12/12/2017)?4,047,417
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)4,051,212
Births Per Day113
Deaths Per Day129
Net Migrations Per Day -7
Net Change Per Day -23
Population Change Since January 1st-7,958

Moldova Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 10.164 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 11.597 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate -0.66 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 71.538 years
Male Life Expectancy 67.284 years
Female Life Expectancy 75.794 years
Total Fertility Rate 1.238 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 0.59 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.058 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 12.742 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 14.841 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 27.243 years
Rate of Natural Increase -1.434
Median Age (Total) 36.3 years
Median Age (Female) 38.3 years
Median Age (Male) 34.5 years

Moldova Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20174,051,21247.98%52.02%120132-0.18%
20154,065,98048.04%51.96%120130-0.09%
20104,084,48148.08%51.92%121127-0.35%
20054,157,69947.89%52.11%123122-0.21%
20004,201,08947.86%52.14%124118-0.64%
19954,339,08247.76%52.24%128115-0.11%
19904,364,11647.66%52.34%1291100.70%
19854,214,91647.49%52.51%1251071.00%
19804,009,83847.28%52.72%1181050.88%
19753,838,91046.99%53.01%1131041.32%
19703,594,51846.76%53.24%1061031.51%
19653,335,63146.81%53.19%99992.12%
19603,003,55946.79%53.21%89992.72%
19552,627,00946.70%53.30%781022.33%
19502,340,99746.71%53.29%691010.00%

Moldova Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20204,017,68747.87%52.13%1191320.00%
20253,943,32247.68%52.32%117132-0.37%
20303,843,94147.49%52.51%114132-0.51%
20353,721,15547.33%52.67%110132-0.65%
20403,583,99347.23%52.77%106136-0.75%
20453,440,60147.22%52.78%102138-0.81%
20503,293,15747.23%52.77%97141-0.87%
20553,141,13047.22%52.78%93143-0.94%
20602,982,82647.17%52.83%88144-1.03%
20652,817,99847.15%52.85%83145-1.13%
20702,651,34347.22%52.78%78146-1.21%
20752,490,73647.44%52.56%74146-1.24%
20802,346,49947.79%52.21%69148-1.19%
20852,223,66448.21%51.79%66148-1.07%
20902,120,82148.57%51.43%63148-0.94%
20952,032,61448.83%51.17%60149-0.85%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. GeoNames Gazetteer