Reunion Population 2017

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Réunion has a population estimated at 885,328, with a population density of about 330 people per square kilometer (870/square mile). Saint-Denis is the administrative capital of Réunion, and the most populous commune among all French overseas departments with a population of 150,000. Nearby Saint-Marie has a population of around 40,000. Saint-Paul has an estimated population of 105,000, followed by Saint-Pierre at 80,000.

Réunion Demographics

Réunion has great ethnic diversity, with groups of African, Indian, Malagasy, Chinese and European descent. All ethnic groups are from immigrants who came to the island from Africa, Asia and Europe over the last three hundred years, and there are no indigenous people. These groups married together very early, and the population today is mostly of mixed race.

The number of each ethnicity is unknown, as France bans ethnic censuses. Estimates place the white population at 25%, with Indians accounting for 25% and those of Chinese ancestry accounting for 3%. Those of Gujarati and South Indian origin account for the majority of Indians on Réunion. Creoles, which refers to people born on the island, regardless of ethnic identity, account for the majority of the population.

The most common religion is Roman Catholicism, although many also practice Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Chinese folk religion.

Réunion History

Réunion has little recorded history before the Portuguese arrived in the 15th century, although it was familiar to Arab traders. The arrival of Portuguese explorers in 1507 was the first European contact with the area, and it was uninhabited at the time. The island was named Santa Apolonia and remained untouched for about 100 years. It was then occupied and claimed for France in 1642, when Jacques Pronis deported French mutineers to the island. The convicts were later returned to France and the island was named Île Bourbon in 1649.

The name of Réunion was given in 1793, although it was temporarily named in honor of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1801, and then again renamed Bourbon until the French Revolution of 1848.

From the 17th through the 19th century, French immigration as well as an influx of African, Chinese and Indian immigrants gave the island an ethnic mix. Most of the immigrants from outside of Europe were slaves prior to 1848, and then many were indentured workers afterward.

Between 1968 and 1982, about 1,600 children from the island were relocated to France. Réunion exile Jean-Jacques Martial brought legal action against a politician in 2002 for kidnapping and deportation of minors.

Reunion Population in 2017 Source: No machine-readable author provided. B.navez assumed (based on copyright claims).

Reunion Population Density

About Reunion

Official Name Réunion Island
Languages Spoken French
Borders
Is Landlocked No
Latitude/Longitude -21.15,55.5
Currencies Used EUR

Reunion Population Clock

What is the population of Reunion (as of [[date]])? [[getCurrentPopulation()]]
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017) [[getLastEstimate()]]
Births Per Day 7
Deaths Per Day 3
Net Migrations Per Day -3
Net Change Per Day 1
Population Change Since January 1st [[getPopChangeThisYear()]]
  • Net [[getIncreaseOrDecrease()]] of 1 person every [[getDurationPerPerson()]]

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

Reunion Population Indicators

Indicator Value World Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 14.361 births/thousand 128th
Crude Death Rate 5.782 deaths/thousand 156th
Crude Net Migration Rate -1.433 people/thousand 142nd
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 80.664 years 36th
Life Expectancy (Male) 77.418 years 44th
Life Expectancy (Female) 83.752 years 27th
Total Fertility Rate 2.131 children/woman 105th
Net Reproduction Rate 1.037 surviving daughters/woman 99th
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.03 males per female 160th
Infant Mortality Rate 3.451 deaths/1,000 live births 172nd
Under Five Mortality 3.959 deaths/thousand 176th
Mean Age at Childbearing 28.109 years 148th
Rate of Natural Increase 8.44 124th
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 2.16% 41st
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 3.024% 46th
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 1.35% 34th
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 9.234% 41st
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 13.087% 46th
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 5.542% 34th
Crude Suicide Rate 0 suicides/thousand 0th
Median Age (Total) 0 years 0th
Median Age (Female) 0 years 0th
Median Age (Male) 0 years 0th

Reunion Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2017 873,356 48.396% 51.604% 349 34 0.71% 162
2015 861,154 48.396% 51.604% 344 35 0.7% 161
2010 830,516 48.42% 51.58% 332 34 0.78% 161
2005 791,602 49.072% 50.928% 316 33 1.13% 160
2000 736,711 48.801% 51.199% 294 36 1.61% 159
1995 673,541 48.846% 51.154% 269 37 1.9% 159
1990 610,582 48.906% 51.094% 244 39 1.92% 160
1985 558,700 48.814% 51.186% 223 39 1.81% 160
1980 509,259 48.813% 51.187% 203 40 1.59% 160
1975 484,776 48.499% 51.501% 193 38 0.73% 160
1970 462,025 48.185% 51.815% 184 36 1.74% 157
1965 390,770 48.679% 51.321% 156 41 3.65% 159
1960 335,691 48.622% 51.378% 134 42 2.85% 158
1955 291,658 48.378% 51.622% 116 48 2.68% 160
1950 248,111 47.934% 52.066% 99 51 4.41% 160

Reunion Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020 891,863 48.379% 51.621% 356 35 0.68% 162
2025 921,368 48.375% 51.625% 368 35 0.59% 163
2030 946,916 48.374% 51.626% 378 34 0.48% 162
2035 967,188 48.363% 51.637% 386 34 0.34% 162
2040 981,141 48.347% 51.653% 392 37 0.2% 162
2045 988,165 48.332% 51.668% 395 38 0.06% 162
2050 988,536 48.335% 51.665% 395 39 -0.06% 163
2055 983,681 48.366% 51.634% 393 39 -0.14% 163
2060 975,563 48.44% 51.56% 390 40 -0.19% 163
2065 965,972 48.558% 51.442% 386 41 -0.21% 164
2070 956,033 48.709% 51.291% 382 43 -0.21% 164
2075 945,916 48.844% 51.156% 378 44 -0.23% 164
2080 934,661 48.942% 51.058% 373 44 -0.26% 166
2085 921,481 48.979% 51.021% 368 45 -0.32% 166
2090 905,888 48.97% 51.03% 362 45 -0.37% 166
2095 888,491 48.941% 51.059% 355 48 -0.41% 166
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations