Palau Population 2024 (Live)

18,052
Population Rank
Growth Rate
2024 World Percentage
Land Area
460
The current population of Palau is 18,052 based on projections of the latest United Nations data. The UN estimates the July 1, 2024 population at 18,051.

Palau Growth Rate

Palau Population Clock

Palau Population (as of 5/22/2024)18,052
Next UN Estimate (July 1, 2024)18,051
Births per Day1
Deaths per Day1
Migrations per Day0
Net Change per Day0
Population Change Since Jan. 10
  • Net decrease of 1 person every Infinity minutes

  • Population estimates based on interpolation of data from World Population Prospects

Components of Population Change

One birth every 1440 minutes
One death every 1440 minutes
One immigrant every Infinity minutes
Net gain of one person every Infinity minutes

Palau Population Clock

Palau Population Density Map

City
2024 Population
Koror14,000
Koror Town12,676
Kloulklubed702
Ulimang581
Mengellang488
Ngchesar Hamlet300
Melekeok Village271
Ngchemiangel270
Ngerkeai223
Ngardmau221

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Year
Population
Growth Rate
Density (/km²)
Population Rank
Density Rank
202418,0510.15%39224173
202318,0580.22%39224173
202017,9720.31%39224173
201917,9160.29%39224172
201817,8640.15%39224171
201717,8370.12%39224170
201517,794-0.82%39224169
201018,540-1.34%40224165
200519,8310.11%43223157
200019,7262.77%43222153
199517,2092.39%37223155
199015,2932.31%33223158
198513,6442.18%30222156
198012,252-0.57%27220153
197512,6072.09%27220147
197011,3661.48%25219146
196510,5632.26%23219141
19609,4462.74%21218140
19558,2522.12%18219141

Palau Population by Year (Historical)

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Year
Population
Growth Rate
Density (/km²)
Population Rank
Density Rank
202418,0510.15%39224173
202518,0440.08%39224173
203017,919-0.14%39224175
203517,688-0.26%38224179
204017,375-0.36%38225183
204517,027-0.4%37225184
205016,689-0.4%36225185
205516,389-0.36%36225185
206016,102-0.35%35225186
206515,835-0.33%34225187
207015,585-0.32%34225189
207515,354-0.3%33225189
208015,121-0.3%33225189
208514,880-0.32%32225188
209014,617-0.36%32225188
209514,322-0.41%31226189

Palau Population by Year (Projections)

Palau Population Pyramid 2024

Palau Median Age

33.9

Total

32.9

Male

35.9

Female

Palau Population by Age

There are people over age 18 in Palau.

Census Years

Year
Date
201513 April 2015
20121 December 2012
20101 April 2010
20051 April 2005
200015 April 2000
19959 September 1995
19901 April 1990
1986March 1986

Palau Population Pyramid

Palau is a nation that is located in the Pacific Island. This country is an associated state of the United States. The nation of Palau is made up of about 340 islands. Together, these islands make up a land area of approximately 180 square miles. According to the last census taken in 2013, the population was close to 21,000. Estimates taken in 2016 show that the country surpassed this milestone with an estimated 21,503 inhabitants. Based on the land area of Palau and the size of the population, the population density is about 121 people per square mile. The population of Palau has seen significant growth. Since the 1970s, it has almost doubled.

Palau became a part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands during the 1940s. Fast forward several decades later to the 1970s, and the nation voted against becoming part of the Federated States of Micronesia. It wasn’t until 1994 when the island nation received full sovereignty under the Compact of Free Association with the U.S. This means that while the nation is a presidential republic, the U.S. provides social serves, defense, and funding.

The capital of Palau is Ngerulmud. It has only been the capital city since 2006. The city of Koror previously held the title of capital. While Koror may not be the capital anymore, it still has the distinction of being the country’s most populous city with over 11,000 inhabitants – about half of the nation’s total population. The metropolitan area is home to most of the nation’s inhabitants with a population around 14,000.

The nation of Palau has two official languages: English and Palauan. However, there are other regional languages that are recognized by the government, including Tobian and Japanese.

The majority of inhabitants – nearly three-quarters of the population, to be exact – are Palauan, making this the largest ethnic group of the country. Other minority ethnic groups include Chinese, Vietnamese, White, Carolinian, and Filipino.

Estimates from 2015 show that almost half – around 45% -- of the population is of the Roman Catholic faith. Seventh-day Adventist, Protestant, and Muslims also live in this nation.

Palau Population Rank 2024
Country Age
Area (km²)
459
2024 Growth Rate
Capital
GDP (IMF '23)
$0.31
GDP (UN '22)
$225.66 Mn

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