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Source : United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs: Population Division external link .

Quick facts about the population of Malawi


Current population (as of Monday, January 22 2018)
18,591,420
Total area
118,480 km2 (45,745 mi2)
Population density
156.9 per km2 (406.4 people/mi2)
Sex ratio
1.00 (9,307,115 men to 9,284,460 women)
Median age
17.4 years
Life expectancy
51.7 years (50.9 - men, 52.5 - women)
Literacy
65.8 %

(Population figures are estimates by Countrymeters (countrymeters.info) based on the latest United Nations data)

Malawi population 2018

During 2018 Malawi population is projected to increased by 567,527 people and reach 19,126,295 in the beginning of 2019. The natural increase is expected to be positive, as the number of births will exceed the number of deaths by 574,579. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be declined by 7,052 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who leave Malawi to settle permanently in another country (emigrants) will prevail over the number of people who move into the country (to which they are not native) in order to settle there as permanent residents (immigrants).

Population change rates in 2018

According to our estimations, daily change rates of Malawi population in 2018 will be the following:

The population of Malawi will be increased by 1,555 persons daily in 2018.

Demographics of Malawi 2017

As of 1 January 2018, the population of Malawi was estimated to be 18,558,768 people. This is an increase of 3.06 % (550,687 people) compared to population of 18,008,081 the year before. In 2017 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 557,530. Due to external migration, the population declined by 6,843. The sex ratio of the total population was 1.000 (1,000 males per 1 000 females) which is lower than global sex ratio. The global sex ratio in the world was approximately 1 016 males to 1 000 females as of 2017.

Below are the key figures for Malawi population in 2017:

Growth Rate 1952 - 2018

Malawi population density

Malawi population density is 156.6 people per square kilometer (405.7/mi2) as of January 2018. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of Malawi divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of Malawi. The total area of Malawi is 118,480 km2 (45,745 mi2) according to the United Nations Statistics Division .

Malawi age structure

As of the beginning of 2018 according to our estimates Malawi had the following population age distribution:

45.1 52.2 2.7

- percentage of population under 15
- percentage of population between 15 and 64 years old
- percentage of population 65+

In absolute figures (estimate):

We prepared a simplified model of the population distribution pyramid which is broken down into 3 main age groups. The groups are the same as we used above: population under 15, between 15 and 64 and population which is over 65 year old.

65+
15-64
0-14
male female

Note: The pyramid provided is not corresponding to data given above because the age groups have different number of years.

As we can see the Malawi population pyramid has an expanding type. This type of pyramid is common for developing countries with high birth and death rates. Relatively short life expectancy, as well as low level of education and poor health care are also describe such kind of population age distribution model.

Source: The estimation data for section "Malawi age structure" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Age dependency ratio

Dependency ratio of population is a ratio of people who are generally not in the labor force (the dependents) to workforce of a country (the productive part of population). The dependent part includes the population under 15 years old and people aged 65 and over. The productive part of population accordingly consists of population between 15 and 64 years.

This ratio shows the pressure on productive population produced by the dependent part of population.

The total dependency ratio of population in Malawi is 91.4 %.

As we can see the dependent part of population is comparable to the working part. It means that each working person in Malawi must provide goods for himself and cover expenditure on one child or aged person additionally. The value of 91.4 % shows that the pressure on productive population in Malawi is very high.

Child dependency ratio

Child dependency ratio is a ratio of people below working age (under 15) to workforce of a country.

Child dependency ratio in Malawi is 86.3 %.

Aged dependency ratio

Aged dependency ratio is a ratio of people above working age (65+) to workforce of a country.

Aged dependency ratio in Malawi is 5.1 %.

Source: The estimation data for section "Malawi age dependency ratio" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Life expectancy

Life expectancy at birth is one of the most important demographic indicator. It shows the number of years a newborn infant would live assuming that birth and death rates will remain at the same level during the whole lifetime.

Total life expectancy (both sexes) at birth for Malawi is 51.7 years.
This is below the average life expectancy at birth of the global population which is about 71 years (according to Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations).

Male life expectancy at birth is 50.9 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 52.5 years.

Literacy of population

According to our estimates 6,701,830 persons or 65.75% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Malawi are able to read and write. Accordingly about 3,491,017 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 72.99% (3,687,860 persons). 1,364,765 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 58.64% (3,013,969 persons). 2,126,253 are illiterate.

Youth literacy rates are 74.92% and 75.2% for males and females accordingly. The overall youth literacy rate is 75.06%. Youth literacy rate definition covers the population between the ages of 15 to 24 years.

Source: The estimation data for section "Malawi population literacy" is based on the latest data published by UNESCO Institute for Statistics (retrieved March 13, 2016) external link.

Malawi historical population (1951 - 2018)

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.

Malawi population history

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
19512,980,973N/A %
19523,036,5521.86 %
19533,094,8811.92 %
19543,155,9521.97 %
19553,219,7572.02 %
19563,286,2822.07 %
19573,355,5102.11 %
19583,427,4242.14 %
19593,502,0132.18 %
19603,579,2902.21 %
19613,659,3182.24 %
19623,742,2382.27 %
19633,828,2842.30 %
19643,917,7742.34 %
19654,011,0522.38 %
19664,108,4062.43 %
19674,210,0732.47 %
19684,316,3392.52 %
19694,427,5602.58 %
19704,544,0982.63 %
19714,666,2162.69 %
19724,794,1312.74 %
19734,928,2152.80 %
19745,069,0002.86 %
19755,216,9772.92 %
19765,373,8283.01 %
19775,541,3143.12 %
19785,717,4793.18 %
19795,896,9053.14 %
19806,074,9323.02 %
19816,245,2852.80 %
19826,405,4582.56 %
19836,571,5122.59 %
19846,775,9903.11 %
19857,049,0814.03 %
19867,411,3865.14 %
19877,862,8116.09 %
19888,364,7136.38 %
19898,847,0155.77 %
19909,241,0434.45 %
19919,506,5992.87 %
19929,643,5591.44 %
19939,690,2770.48 %
19949,711,6240.22 %
19959,774,2120.64 %
19969,914,7901.44 %
199710,133,5942.21 %
199810,411,9882.75 %
199910,723,0492.99 %
200011,037,8872.94 %
200111,342,5272.76 %
200211,640,2782.63 %
200311,939,6042.57 %
200412,249,0472.59 %
200512,577,7322.68 %
200612,930,1152.80 %
200713,305,3802.90 %
200813,701,5242.98 %
200914,116,8643.03 %
201014,549,4403.06 %
201114,998,3193.09 %
201215,463,6253.10 %
201315,945,2813.11 %
201416,442,6903.12 %
201516,955,2433.12 %
201617,473,7343.06 %
201718,008,0813.06 %
201818,558,7683.06 %

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.