Samoa Population 2018

197,887

Samoa, officially the Independent State of Samoa and formerly Western Samoa, is a country in the western region of the Samoan Islands in the South Pacific Ocean. The two main islands of the country are Upolu and Savai'i. The estimated 2018 population of Samoa is 197,695.

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.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 111 minutes
One death every 480 minutes
One net migrant every 206 minutes
Net gain of one person every 480 minutes

Samoa Population in 2018Source: By Catholic_church_in_Samoa.jpg: Robyn Gallagher from Auckland, New Zealandderivative work: Rabanus Flavus (Catholic_church_in_Samoa.jpg) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude-13.58333333-172.33333333
Currencies UsedSamoa Tala
DemonymSamoan

Countries Bordering Samoa

None

Samoa Population Density

Samoa Top 20 Cities by Population

Name Population
Apia40,407
Asau6,643
Mulifanua4,508
Afega1,895
Leulumoega1,458
Safotu1,207
Lufilufi1,074
Vailoa769
Samamea89
Satupa`itea
Safotulafai

Samoa Population Clock

The population of Samoa (as of 9/2/2018)?197,887
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2018)197,695
Births Per Day13
Deaths Per Day3
Net Migrations Per Day -7
Net Change Per Day 3
Population Change Since January 1st735

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Estimate as of September 2nd 2018 is: 197,905

Samoa Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
2018197,69551.60%48.40%69.561880.64%
2017196,44051.60%48.40%69.121880.67%
2016195,12551.60%48.41%68.661880.70%
2015193,75951.58%48.41%68.181880.80%
2010186,20551.58%48.42%65.521870.69%
2005179,92951.79%48.21%63.311860.60%
2000174,61052.08%47.93%61.441850.52%
1995170,15752.00%47.99%59.871840.88%
1990162,86652.19%47.80%57.311840.35%
1985160,03151.96%48.04%56.311830.57%
1980155,55751.14%48.86%54.741800.54%
1975151,38750.74%49.26%53.271791.12%
1970143,17650.95%49.04%50.381782.42%
1965127,06850.71%49.29%44.711773.18%
1960108,64650.76%49.24%38.231772.89%
195594,20851.17%48.83%33.151762.79%
195082,09751.58%48.43%28.891770.00%

Samoa Population by Year (Projections)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
2020200,11751.60%48.39%70.411880.00%
2025206,01851.63%48.37%72.491880.58%
2030212,09551.66%48.34%74.631880.58%
2035221,09851.68%48.33%77.801880.83%
2040229,92651.70%48.29%80.901880.79%
2045237,53051.76%48.25%83.581880.65%
2050243,37151.82%48.17%85.631880.49%
2055248,23451.91%48.09%87.341880.40%
2060252,88552.01%48.00%88.981880.37%
2065257,69052.08%47.91%90.671880.38%
2070262,39052.14%47.86%92.331880.36%
2075266,32452.16%47.84%93.711870.30%
2080269,00952.14%47.86%94.651870.20%
2085270,29452.08%47.92%95.111870.10%
2090270,40352.01%47.99%95.151870.01%
2095269,59151.94%48.06%94.86187-0.06%
Data Sources
  1. Samoa Bureau of Statistics
  2. Samoa Bureau of Statistics
  3. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 2001, 2006 and 2011 censuses, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration.

  4. GeoNames Gazetteer