The population of Maldives has increased above 400,000.
According to the official census results released Tuesday, the total amount of locals and expatriates in the Maldives numbers 402,071.
Male population > Female population
The total population of locals in the Maldives in 338,434, of which the male population numbers 171,962 and the female is 166,472.
While the number of Maldivians living abroad were not included in the census, the National Bureau of Statistics stated the numbers would be above 5,000.
“President Mohamed Nasheed has said that experts estimate the population of Maldives to reach 400,000 by the year 2025.
President Nasheed urged everyone to work in unity in sustaining achievements in improvement of primary health of elderly, the reduction in the rate of mortality due to illness, and the technological advancements achieved in the recent years.” 28 October 2011, Ref: 2011-733 Its 2015 yet? We have reached and crossed 400,000, http://www.presidencymaldives.gov.mv/?lid=11&dcid=6201
MALE’, MALDIVES, 11 July 2011-As humans reach 7 billion, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, highlights the critical role population play in shaping our future.
Growing population, declining fertility, rising mobility and a changing age structure pose profound challenges to Maldives, but also opportunities.
The population has more than doubled since 1977. The population projection for 2025 stands at over 400,000 without expatriates. Today, for every 3 Maldivian there is 1 foreigner. The population of Maldives will continue to grow, the largest-ever generation of young people are entering their reproductive years. The 15 to 24 year olds account for 1/4 of the population. To meet the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities, Maldives needs to invest in today’s young people.
The number of male expatriates in the Maldives are 55,787, while female expatriates numbers 7850.
This marks the first time expatriates were included in the census.
Census statistics show that the population of capital Malé until last year was at 153,904, of which the local population was 129,381 and the expatriates numbered 24,523.
Aside from Malé , the most populous atolls are Haa Dhaalu, Raa and Seenu, with populations above 15,000.
The least populous atoll is Vaavu with a total population of 1601.
The ratio of men to women in the local population is 103:100. While the total male population is higher, the number of women is higher in inhabited islands. In Malé, the male to female ratio is 99:100, while in the atolls the ratio is 93:100.
The ratio of men working in resorts is significantly higher than women.
Population growth rate
The population growth rate in the nation between 2006 and 2014 is an average yearly increase of 1.65 percent in the local population. This is fairly similar to the 1.69 percent average increase from 2000 to 2006.
In Malé, the local population’s growth rate from 2006 to 2014 is an average 2.69 percent annually, which is lower than the growth rate from 2000 to 2006.
However, the growth rate in the atoll islands is higher compared to 2006.
Population of Malé and other islands
Over a third of the nation’s population, which is 38 percent, resides in capital Malé. Meanwhile, 58 percent of the population lives in the islands and 2 percent in resorts.
The age group with the highest percentage last year was ages 25 – 29, while in 2006 it had been the age group 15 – 19.
Around 28 percent of the population are children. A major fraction of the population is aged 15 – 64, with the total youth population (ages 18 – 34) taking up 35 percent. Percentage of the population above 65 years of age is 5 percent.
According to census results, total 68,383 individuals lived in households last year, while 64,482 resided in flats and apartments.
Average 5.4 people lived in each household or flat unit, according to statistics, with average 5.5 in Malé households and 5.3 in island households.
The census was recommenced in 2014 after an eight year hiatus since the last census in 2006, while the official results has been released a year later. The statistics were officially released by the Chancellor of the Maldives National University Mohamed Latheef at the ceremony held at Dharubaaruge to celebrate World Statistics Day.