Cook Islands Population 2020 (Live)

17,564
The current population of Cook Islands is 17,564, based on projections of the latest United Nations data. The UN estimates the July 1, 2020 population at 17,564.

Cook Islands Growth Rate

Cook Islands Population 2020 (Live)

Name Population
Avarua13,373

Cook Islands Population Density Map

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
202017,5640.09%73.18223138
201917,5480.17%73.12223138
201817,5180.06%72.99223137
201717,507-0.10%72.95223137
201617,524-0.35%73.02223136
201517,586-0.89%73.28223134
201018,391-0.73%76.63222126
200519,0741.24%79.47222115
200017,930-1.25%74.71222116
199519,0970.98%79.57220111
199018,1910.66%75.80219115
198517,6030.10%73.35218113
198017,512-2.85%72.97215107
197520,234-1.02%84.3121489
197021,3022.43%88.7621280
196518,8940.74%78.7221181
196018,2122.18%75.8821178
195516,3471.63%68.1121180
195015,0770.00%62.8221078

Cook Islands Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
202017,5640.09%73.18223138
202517,544-0.02%73.10223143
203017,524-0.02%73.02223145
203517,480-0.05%72.83223150
204017,396-0.10%72.48223152
204517,255-0.16%71.90223154
205017,081-0.20%71.17223152
205516,843-0.28%70.18223153
206016,585-0.31%69.10224153
206516,301-0.34%67.92224158
207016,018-0.35%66.74224158
207515,730-0.36%65.54224159
208015,415-0.40%64.23224159
208515,064-0.46%62.77224159
209014,668-0.53%61.12224161
209514,237-0.60%59.32224161

Cook Islands Population by Year (Projections)

Cook Islands is a nation located in the Pacific Ocean. It is an associated state of New Zealand that gained the right to self-governance in 1965. New Zealand administers the nation’s defense and foreign affairs, although Cook Islands does consult with these nations on these decisions. Cook Islanders are not just Cook Island nations, but they are also citizens of New Zealand.

This nation has a total area of over 91 square miles. The population based on the last census taken in 2016 was 17,459. This puts the population density around 109 people per square mile. The island of Rarotonga is the most populous area of the islands and is home to over 10,000 inhabitants. The capital city of Avarua is located on this island. Not only is it the capital, but it is also the most populous city with a population of over 5,400 people. Many people that once lived in Cook Islands or are of Cook Islander descent have emigrated to New Zealand. Over 61,000 Cook Islands natives or descendants call New Zealand home, according to the census of 2013.

Even though Cook Islands have a small population, many visitors come each year. Approximately 100,000 people visit the islands each year, making tourism the dominant industry.

There are several languages spoken in this nation. English and Cook Islands Maori are the two official languages. Other languages are also spoken including Pukapukan and dialects of Cook Islands Maori.

The major ethnic group of the Cook Islands is the Maori, which make up over 81% of the total population. Over 6% of inhabitants are at least part Maori, while the remaining percentage are of another ethnic background.

About Cook Islands

  1. UN World Population Prospects (2019 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. GeoNames Gazetteer