Solomon Islands Population 2017

[[getCurrentPopulation()]]

Solomon Islands has 28,400 square kilometers of land (142nd largest), with a population estimated at 551,000. This is up from 523,000 in 2009. Solomon Islands has a very low population density of just 18 people per square kilometer, which is 189th in the world.

The capital and largest city is Honiara, with a population estimated at 67,000. There are no other cities with a population of more than 10,000.

Solomon Islands Demographics

Most people in Solomon Islands are ethnically Melanesian (94.5%). Other large ethnic groups include Polynesian (3%) and Micronesian (1.2%), with a few thousand ethnic Chinese in the country. There are 70 living languages in Solomon Islands with Melanesian languages spoken mostly on the central islands. While English is the official language, just 1-2% of the population speaks English.

Interestingly, 10% of people in Solomon Islands have blond hair, but it is not the result of intermarriage with Europeans. This is a native trait.

92% of the population is Christian, with major denominations including the Anglican Church of Melanesia (35%), Roman Catholic (19%), South Seas Evangelical Church (17%), United Church in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands (11%), and Seventh-day Adventist (10%). The rest of the population adheres to Islam, Jehovah's Witnesses, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), the Baha'i faith, and aboriginal beliefs.

Solomon Islands Population in 2017 Source: Friars Balsam

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

Solomon Islands Population Growth

Solomon Islands is a slowly growing country. In 1999, it hit a population of 400,000 for the first time, and reached 500,000 some time in 2008. Today, Solomon Islands is growing at a rate of 2.1% per year.

Solomon Islands Population Density

About Solomon Islands

Official Name Solomon Islands
Languages Spoken English
Borders
Is Landlocked No
Latitude/Longitude -8,159
Currencies Used SDB

Solomon Islands Population Clock

What is the population of Solomon Islands (as of [[date]])? [[getCurrentPopulation()]]
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017) [[getLastEstimate()]]
Births Per Day 9
Deaths Per Day 2
Net Migrations Per Day -7
Net Change Per Day
Population Change Since January 1st [[getPopChangeThisYear()]]
  • Net [[getIncreaseOrDecrease()]] of 1 person every [[getDurationPerPerson()]]

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

Solomon Islands Population Indicators

Indicator Value World Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 28.191 births/thousand 50th
Crude Death Rate 5.567 deaths/thousand 164th
Crude Net Migration Rate -3.923 people/thousand 177th
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 68.547 years 145th
Life Expectancy (Male) 67.113 years 134th
Life Expectancy (Female) 70.125 years 146th
Total Fertility Rate 3.789 children/woman 44th
Net Reproduction Rate 1.708 surviving daughters/woman 41st
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.065 males per female 18th
Infant Mortality Rate 34.034 deaths/1,000 live births 57th
Under Five Mortality 41.796 deaths/thousand 59th
Mean Age at Childbearing 30.007 years 64th
Rate of Natural Increase 22.377 44th
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 8.706% 138th
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 9.406% 128th
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 7.968% 143rd
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 21.003% 138th
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 23.233% 128th
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 18.655% 143rd
Crude Suicide Rate 6.3 suicides/thousand 100th
Median Age (Total) 22.2 years 168th
Median Age (Female) 22.4 years 168th
Median Age (Male) 22 years 166th

Solomon Islands Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2017 606,215 50.782% 49.218% 21 189 1.84% 168
2015 583,591 50.776% 49.224% 20 189 1.92% 168
2010 526,177 50.755% 49.245% 18 189 2.16% 168
2005 469,306 51.026% 48.974% 16 191 2.4% 169
2000 412,336 51.367% 48.633% 14 190 2.68% 172
1995 359,236 51.361% 48.639% 12 192 2.8% 174
1990 311,849 51.376% 48.624% 11 191 2.82% 174
1985 270,809 51.525% 48.475% 9 194 2.92% 174
1980 230,614 51.695% 48.305% 8 193 3.36% 173
1975 193,447 51.928% 48.072% 6 196 3.65% 175
1970 160,292 52.551% 47.449% 5 195 3.63% 175
1965 136,847 52.82% 47.18% 4 196 3.01% 175
1960 117,869 53.651% 46.349% 4 192 2.95% 174
1955 102,027 54.121% 45.879% 3 197 2.84% 174
1950 89,792 55.121% 44.88% 3 192 2.22% 174

Solomon Islands Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020 640,045 50.777% 49.223% 22 191 1.76% 166
2025 697,512 50.761% 49.239% 24 191 1.67% 166
2030 756,861 50.731% 49.269% 27 189 1.58% 166
2035 817,712 50.685% 49.315% 29 187 1.48% 166
2040 878,462 50.641% 49.359% 31 186 1.35% 165
2045 937,091 50.597% 49.403% 33 186 1.2% 164
2050 992,490 50.557% 49.443% 35 187 1.08% 162
2055 1,045,046 50.529% 49.471% 37 185 0.97% 162
2060 1,095,051 50.514% 49.486% 39 184 0.88% 161
2065 1,142,470 50.497% 49.503% 40 183 0.8% 161
2070 1,186,724 50.473% 49.527% 42 183 0.71% 159
2075 1,226,928 50.439% 49.561% 43 182 0.6% 158
2080 1,261,965 50.396% 49.604% 45 179 0.5% 158
2085 1,291,612 50.359% 49.641% 46 178 0.41% 158
2090 1,316,458 50.345% 49.655% 47 176 0.34% 157
2095 1,337,128 50.365% 49.635% 47 173 0.27% 157
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations