Samoa Population 2017

195,373

First contact with Europeans came in the early 18th century, with mission work beginning in 1830. Germany showed interest in the islands for commercial reasons but the U.S. laid a claim and formed alliances with chieftains on the islands of Tutuila and Manu'a, which were later annexed to the United States as American Samoa. Britain then sent troops to protect British rights, which led to a civil war as America, Germany and the U.K. fought over who should control the islands.

In 1899, the Samoan Islands were partitioned into two parts: the eastern group of islands became a territory of the U.S. (American Samoa) while the Western Islands were German Samoa, which later came under control of New Zealand until Samoa gained independence in 1962.

Given its size, Samoa's population has remained relatively stable for decades. At the last census in 2006, the population was 179,186. It is estimated this population has grown to 195,000 in 2014.

Samoa Demographics

92.6% of the population are Samoans while 7% are Euronesians, or people with mixed European and Polynesian ancestors. About 0.4% of the population is Europeans. 75% of the population lives on the main island of Upolu.

The religious breakdown of Samoa is: 32% Christian Congregational Church of Samoa, 19% Roman Catholic, 15% Mormon, 4% Seventh-Day Adventist, 1.7% Worship Centre, 5.5% other Christian, 0.7% other, and 0.1% none.

Samoa Population in 2017Source:

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

Samoa Population Growth

Samoa's population has remained fairly stable for years and is currently growing at a rate of 0.8% per year. This trend is expected to continue.

About Samoa

Official NameIndependent State of Samoa
Languages SpokenEnglish, Samoan
Borders
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude-13.58333333-172.33333333
Currencies UsedWST

Samoa Population Density

Name Population
Safotulafai
Samamea89
A'opo390
Vailoa769
Lufilufi1,074
Leulumoega1,458
Mulifanua4,508
Asau6,643
Apia40,407

Samoa Population Clock

What is the population of Samoa (as of September 13, 2017)?195,373
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)195743
Births Per Day3
Deaths Per Day1
Net Migrations Per Day -7
Net Change Per Day -5
Population Change Since January 1st-1,275

Samoa Population Indicators

IndicatorValueWorld Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 24.262 births/thousand61
Crude Death Rate 5.289 deaths/thousand169
Crude Net Migration Rate -12.743 people/thousand190
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 74.182 years101
Male Life Expectancy 71.164 years102
Female Life Expectancy 77.497 years99
Total Fertility Rate 3.924 children/woman42
Net Reproduction Rate 1.821 surviving daughters/woman34
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.08 males per female9
Infant Mortality Rate 17.795 deaths/1,000 live births87
Under Five Mortality 21.114 deaths/thousand90
Mean Age at Childbearing 30.421 years49
Rate of Natural Increase 18.782 59
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 4.115 %85
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 4.57 %75
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 3.614 %93
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 13.898 %86
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 16.815 %80
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 10.672 %97
Crude Suicide Rate 0 suicides/thousand0
Median Age (Total) 23.9 years153
Median Age (Female) 24.2 years153
Median Age (Male) 23.7 years149

Samoa Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2017195,74351.573%48.427%691400.59%188
2015193,22751.568%48.432%681390.67%187
2010186,02951.578%48.422%651390.75%187
2005179,92851.79%48.21%631320.63%186
2000174,61452.076%47.924%611270.54%185
1995170,15852.003%47.997%601220.65%184
1990162,86552.196%47.804%571210.74%184
1985160,03051.96%48.04%561180.35%183
1980155,55451.144%48.856%541140.56%180
1975151,38250.745%49.256%531110.66%179
1970143,17550.957%49.043%501071.57%178
1965127,06850.71%49.29%441072.81%177
1960108,64550.759%49.241%381093.15%176
195594,20951.168%48.832%331102.71%175
195082,10251.575%48.425%291112.81%176

Samoa Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020199,15251.579%48.421%701410.56%188
2025204,70251.598%48.402%721440.52%188
2030210,46751.626%48.374%741430.73%188
2035219,19751.648%48.352%771430.81%188
2040227,77751.685%48.315%801430.7%188
2045235,10751.743%48.257%831440.52%188
2050240,61551.823%48.177%851440.4%188
2055245,12751.923%48.077%861460.35%188
2060249,42552.028%47.972%881410.35%188
2065253,92552.125%47.875%891370.36%188
2070258,37052.198%47.802%911340.32%188
2075262,07052.243%47.758%921330.22%188
2080264,41052.248%47.752%931320.11%188
2085265,33452.226%47.774%931310.01%187
2090265,06452.186%47.814%93131-0.06%187
2095263,91552.141%47.859%93130-0.12%187
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations