Solomon Islands Population 2017

606,215

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 2017Source: 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.

About Solomon Islands

Official NameSolomon Islands
Languages SpokenEnglish
Borders
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude-8159
Currencies UsedSDB

Solomon Islands Population Density

Name Population
Taro'a507
Lata553
Kirakira1,122
Tulaghi1,750
Buala2,700
Gizo6,154
Auki6,811
Honiara56,298

Solomon Islands Population Clock

What is the population of Solomon Islands (as of September 13, 2017)?606,215
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)606215
Births Per Day9
Deaths Per Day2
Net Migrations Per Day -7
Net Change Per Day
Population Change Since January 1st

Solomon Islands Population Indicators

IndicatorValueWorld Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 28.191 births/thousand50
Crude Death Rate 5.567 deaths/thousand164
Crude Net Migration Rate -3.923 people/thousand177
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 68.547 years145
Male Life Expectancy 67.113 years134
Female Life Expectancy 70.125 years146
Total Fertility Rate 3.789 children/woman44
Net Reproduction Rate 1.708 surviving daughters/woman41
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.065 males per female18
Infant Mortality Rate 34.034 deaths/1,000 live births57
Under Five Mortality 41.796 deaths/thousand59
Mean Age at Childbearing 30.007 years64
Rate of Natural Increase 22.377 44
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 8.706 %138
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 9.406 %128
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 7.968 %143
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 21.003 %135
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 23.233 %122
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 18.655 %143
Crude Suicide Rate 6.3 suicides/thousand100
Median Age (Total) 22.2 years168
Median Age (Female) 22.4 years168
Median Age (Male) 22 years166

Solomon Islands Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2017606,21550.782%49.218%211891.84%168
2015583,59150.776%49.224%201891.92%168
2010526,17750.755%49.245%181892.16%168
2005469,30651.026%48.974%161912.4%169
2000412,33651.367%48.633%141902.68%172
1995359,23651.361%48.639%121922.8%174
1990311,84951.376%48.624%111912.82%174
1985270,80951.525%48.475%91942.92%174
1980230,61451.695%48.305%81933.36%173
1975193,44751.928%48.072%61963.65%175
1970160,29252.551%47.449%51953.63%175
1965136,84752.82%47.18%41963.01%175
1960117,86953.651%46.349%41922.95%174
1955102,02754.121%45.879%31972.84%174
195089,79255.121%44.88%31922.22%174

Solomon Islands Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020640,04550.777%49.223%221911.76%166
2025697,51250.761%49.239%241911.67%166
2030756,86150.731%49.269%271891.58%166
2035817,71250.685%49.315%291871.48%166
2040878,46250.641%49.359%311861.35%165
2045937,09150.597%49.403%331861.2%164
2050992,49050.557%49.443%351871.08%162
20551,045,04650.529%49.471%371850.97%162
20601,095,05150.514%49.486%391840.88%161
20651,142,47050.497%49.503%401830.8%161
20701,186,72450.473%49.527%421830.71%159
20751,226,92850.439%49.561%431820.6%158
20801,261,96550.396%49.604%451790.5%158
20851,291,61250.359%49.641%461780.41%158
20901,316,45850.345%49.655%471760.34%157
20951,337,12850.365%49.635%471730.27%157
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations