French Polynesia Population 2020 (Live)

281,618
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French Polynesia has a relatively high standard of living and access to health care is improving. Despite this, French Polynesia remains in a vulnerable position as it has few natural resources. The country has control over its own government, and, while independence from France is a possibility one day, it will not happen in the near future.

French Polynesia's population is currently growing at a rate of 1% per year. This modest growth rate is expected to continue for the next decade.

The current population of French Polynesia is 281,618, based on projections of the latest United Nations data. The UN estimates the July 1, 2020 population at 280,908.

French Polynesia Growth Rate

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French Polynesia Population 2020 (Live)

Name Population
Faaa29,851
Papeete26,357
Punaauia25,750
Pirae14,475
Mahina14,369
Paea12,084
Papao10,360
Arue9,458
Afaahiti5,186
Uturoa3,668

French Polynesia Population Density Map

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
2020280,9080.58%76.75185133
2019279,2870.58%76.31185133
2018277,6790.57%75.87185134
2017276,1020.56%75.44184133
2016274,5750.53%75.02183133
2015273,1240.50%74.62182133
2010266,4550.59%72.80182131
2005258,7801.46%70.70182127
2000240,6861.99%65.76182125
1995218,0711.75%59.58181129
1990199,9052.46%54.62181129
1985177,0272.92%48.37181130
1980153,3013.16%41.89181131
1975131,2333.50%35.86183135
1970110,4953.41%30.19183136
196593,4383.66%25.53185137
196078,0762.55%21.33186142
195568,8542.70%18.81185140
195060,2660.00%16.47186142

French Polynesia Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
2020280,9080.58%76.75185133
2025289,0280.57%78.97185133
2030296,7140.53%81.07185135
2035303,0230.42%82.79185135
2040307,5270.30%84.02186140
2045310,0450.16%84.71186143
2050310,6540.04%84.88186145
2055309,557-0.07%84.58186145
2060307,078-0.16%83.90185144
2065303,520-0.23%82.93185147
2070299,130-0.29%81.73186148
2075294,019-0.34%80.33186148
2080288,303-0.39%78.77186149
2085282,086-0.43%77.07186150
2090275,513-0.47%75.28186151
2095268,697-0.50%73.41186152

French Polynesia Population by Year (Projections)

French Polynesia Population Pyramid 2020

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French Polynesia Median Age

31.9


Total

31.7


Male

32.1


Female

French Polynesia Population by Age

There are 203,549 adults in French Polynesia.

French Polynesia Population Pyramid

French Polynesia is an overseas collectivity or country of the French Republic that is comprised of many groups of Polynesian islands. The most well-known of these islands is Tahiti in the Society Islands group, with is also the most populous. French Polynesia is divided into five island groups: the Austral Islands, the Marquesas Islands, the Gambier Islands, the Tuamotu Archipelago, and the Society Islands archipelago, which is made up of the Leeward Islands and the Windward Islands. 67 of the nation's 118 atolls and islands are inhabited. The most populous island is Tahiti, which is part of the Society Islands.

According to the 2012 census, 68.5% of the population lived on Tahiti. The capital city of Papeete, on Tahiti, has a population of 134,000. The country has an overall population density of 76 people per square kilometer (197/square mile), which ranks 130th in the world.

French Polynesia Demographics

The 2007 census found that 87% of the population in French Polynesia were born in the country, 9% were born in metropolitan France, 1% were born in overseas France outside of French Polynesia and 2% were born in foreign countries.

The last census that asked about ethnicity occurred in 1988, at which point 66.5% of the population was ethnically Polynesian, 7% was ethnically mixed Polynesian, 11.9% were European (primarily French), 93% were of mixed Polynesian and French descent (referred to as the Demis) and 4.7% were East Asians (primarily Chinese).

The Chinese, Demis and white population are concentrated on Tahiti, particularly in the capital of Papeete.

The main religion is Christianity. 54% belong to Protestant churches while 30% are Roman Catholic. About 50% of the population of the country belongs to the Maoi Protestant Church. There are also about 22,000 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) and 2,700 Jehovah's Witnesses.

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