Maldives Population 2024 (Live)

518,450

From 1905 to 1960, the population remained around 100,000 before starting to climb after independence. The population doubled by 1978, and its growth rate peaked at 3.4% in 1985. Maldives reached a population of 299,000 at the 2006 census.

The Maldive Islands has very little room for more growth, as it is already the 11th most densely populated country on the world and has less than 300 square kilometers of land. The country's fertility rate has fallen from 6.4 births per woman in 1990 to just 2.8 in 2000, while the share of older people has grown. Maldives is expected to continue its modest growth rate of 2% for the near future.

Population Rank
Growth Rate
2024 World Percentage
Land Area
300
The current population of Maldives is 518,450 based on projections of the latest United Nations data. The UN estimates the July 1, 2024 population at 517,887.

Maldives Growth Rate

Maldives Population 2024 (Live)

Maldives Population Clock

Maldives Population (as of 4/23/2024)518,450
Next UN Estimate (July 1, 2024)517,887
Births per Day18
Deaths per Day4
Migrations per Day-22
Net Change per Day-8
Population Change Since Jan. 1-912

Components of Population Change

One birth every 80 minutes
One death every 360 minutes
One emigrant every 65.45 minutes
Net loss of one person every 180 minutes

Maldives Population Clock

City
2024 Population
Male103,693
Fuvahmulah11,140
Hithadhoo9,927
Kulhudhuffushi9,500
Thinadhoo6,376
Naifaru5,044
Dhidhdhoo3,039
Viligili2,925
Funadhoo2,900
Eydhafushi2,808

Maldives Population Density Map

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Year
Population
Growth Rate
Density (/km²)
Population Rank
Density Rank
2024517,8870.53%1,7261757
2023521,0211.24%1,7371757
2020514,4381.97%1,7151757
2019504,5083.01%1,6821747
2018489,7583.67%1,6331757
2017472,4424%1,5751757
2015435,5823.79%1,4521757
2010361,5753.33%1,2051799
2005307,0181.68%1,02317910
2000282,5071.81%9421789
1995258,2082.8%86118010
1990224,9573.39%75018010
1985190,3832.92%6351809
1980164,8872.87%55018110
1975143,1263.04%47718210
1970123,2433.34%41118111
1965104,5662.67%34918213
196091,6502.29%30618013
195581,8231.9%27318113

Maldives Population by Year (Historical)

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Year
Population
Growth Rate
Density (/km²)
Population Rank
Density Rank
2024517,8870.53%1,7261757
2025515,2230.03%1,7171757
2030512,683-0.1%1,7091757
2035526,9810.55%1,7571757
2040541,9170.56%1,8061747
2045556,8210.54%1,8561757
2050569,9090.47%1,9001767
2055577,7610.27%1,9261758
2060578,1840.01%1,9271768
2065571,356-0.24%1,9051778
2070558,896-0.44%1,8631778
2075542,722-0.59%1,8091779
2080524,540-0.68%1,7481779
2085506,395-0.7%1,6881779
2090490,755-0.63%1,6361789
2095478,839-0.49%1,5961789

Maldives Population by Year (Projections)

Maldives Population Pyramid 2024

Maldives Median Age

29.5

Total

29.2

Male

30

Female

Maldives Population by Age

There are people over age 18 in Maldives.

Census Years

Year
Date
20192019
201427 September 2014
200628 March 2006
20007 April 2000
199525 March 1995
19908 March 1990
198528 March 1985

Maldives Population Pyramid

The Maldives, officially the Republic of the Maldives and referred to as the Maldive Islands, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean-Arabian Sea region. The country is made up of 27 atolls between the Chagos Archipelago and Minicoy Island, 250 miles southwest of India. The largest city and capital in the Maldives is Male, with an estimated population of 63,000. This is followed by Addu City (32,000) and Fuvahmulah (12,000). These are the only cities with a population surpassing 10,000.

Maldives Demographics

The people of the Maldives have an identity that is a blend of the cultures of people who settled on the islands. It is believed the earliest inhabitants were from Sri Lanka and southern India. The Maldives people are ethnically related to those of the Indian subcontinent and are ethnically known as Dhivehi.

There are about 70,000 foreign workers in the Maldives, as well as 33,000 illegal immigrants, who make up about one-third of the total population. Most workers and immigrants are from Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.

Maldives Population Rank 2024
Area (km²)
300
2024 Growth Rate
Capital
GDP (IMF '23)
$6.98
GDP (UN '22)
$6.17 Bn

Maldives - General Info

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