Samoa Population 2020

198,058

Samoa, officially the Independent State of Samoa and formerly Western Samoa, is a country in the western region of the Samoan Islands in the South Pacific Ocean. The two main islands of the country are Upolu and Savai'i. The estimated 2020 population of Samoa is 198,414, which ranks 188th in the world.

The first contact with Europeans came in the early 18th century, with mission work beginning in 1830. Germany showed interest in the islands for commercial reasons but the U.S. laid a claim and formed alliances with chieftains on the islands of Tutuila and Manu'a, which were later annexed to the United States as American Samoa. Britain then sent troops to protect British rights, which led to a civil war as America, Germany and the U.K. fought over who should control the islands.

In 1899, the Samoan Islands were partitioned into two parts: the eastern group of islands became a territory of the U.S. (American Samoa) while the Western Islands were German Samoa, which later came under the control of New Zealand until Samoa gained independence in 1962.

Given its size, Samoa's population has remained relatively stable for decades. At the last census in 2006, the population was 179,186. It is estimated this population has grown to 195,000 in 2014.

Samoa Demographics

92.6% of the population are Samoans while 7% are Euronesians, or people with mixed European and Polynesian ancestors. About 0.4% of the population is Europeans. 75% of the population lives on the main island of Upolu.

The religious breakdown of Samoa is: 32% Christian Congregational Church of Samoa, 19% Roman Catholic, 15% Mormon, 4% Seventh-Day Adventist, 1.7% Worship Centre, 5.5% other Christian, 0.7% other, and 0.1% none.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 111 minutes
One death every 480 minutes
One net migrant every 240 minutes
Net gain of one person every 360 minutes

Samoa Population in 2018Source: By Catholic_church_in_Samoa.jpg: Robyn Gallagher from Auckland, New Zealandderivative work: Rabanus Flavus (Catholic_church_in_Samoa.jpg) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Samoa Population Pyramid 2020

Samoa Population by Age

There are 110,857 adults in Samoa.

Census Years

Year Date
2021November 2021
20167 November 2016
20117 November 2011
20065 November 2006
20015 November 2001
19915 November 1991
19864 November 1986

Samoa's population has remained fairly stable for years and is currently growing at a rate of 0.8% per year. This trend is expected to continue.

Official NameIndependent State of Samoa
Languages SpokenEnglish, Samoan
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude-13.58, -172.33
Currencies UsedSamoa Tala
DemonymSamoan
BordersNone
Name Population Location
Apia40,407Map
Asau6,643Map
Mulifanua4,508Map
Afega1,895Map
Leulumoega1,458Map
Safotu1,207Map
Lufilufi1,074Map
Vailoa769Map
Samamea89Map

Samoa Population Clock

The population of Samoa (as of 4/2/2020)?198,058
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2020)198,414
Births Per Day13
Deaths Per Day3
Net Migrations Per Day-6
Net Change Per Day4
Population Change Since January 1st372

Samoa Population Estimator

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Estimate as of April 2nd 2020 is: 198,093

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
2020198,41451.76%48.24%69.811880.67%
2019197,09751.75%48.24%69.351880.49%
2018196,12951.74%48.26%69.011880.40%
2017195,35251.73%48.27%68.741880.42%
2016194,53551.72%48.29%68.451880.53%
2015193,51351.70%48.30%68.091880.80%
2010185,94951.62%48.38%65.431870.68%
2005179,72751.82%48.18%63.241860.60%
2000174,45452.10%47.90%61.381850.51%
1995170,05452.01%47.99%59.841840.88%
1990162,80352.20%47.80%57.281840.35%
1985159,99051.96%48.04%56.291830.57%
1980155,52551.14%48.86%54.721800.54%
1975151,35950.74%49.26%53.261791.12%
1970143,14950.95%49.05%50.371782.41%
1965127,05450.71%49.30%44.711773.18%
1960108,62950.75%49.24%38.221772.90%
195594,17851.16%48.84%33.141762.78%
195082,09751.58%48.43%28.891770.00%
Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
2020198,41451.76%48.24%69.811880.00%
2025209,31951.78%48.22%73.651881.08%
2030220,37151.76%48.24%77.541881.03%
2035231,85951.73%48.27%81.581881.02%
2040243,89651.69%48.31%85.821881.02%
2045256,10851.66%48.34%90.121880.98%
2050267,39151.64%48.36%94.091880.87%
2055277,09751.63%48.37%97.501870.72%
2060285,46151.62%48.38%100.441870.60%
2065293,07851.62%48.38%103.121870.53%
2070300,34251.61%48.39%105.681850.49%
2075306,82351.59%48.41%107.961850.43%
2080311,70051.57%48.43%109.681850.32%
2085314,42451.56%48.44%110.631850.17%
2090314,88051.56%48.44%110.801850.03%
2095313,35151.58%48.42%110.26185-0.10%
  1. Samoa Bureau of Statistics
  2. Samoa Bureau of Statistics
  3. World Population Prospects (2019 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 2001, 2006 and 2011 censuses, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration.

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