Demographics of Malawi

Source UN (World Population Prospects 2022)
Date14 May 2024

There are 10.45 million males and 11.02 million females in Malawi. The percentage of the male population is 48.67%, compared to 51.33% of the female population. Malawi has 571k more females than males. The sex ratio in Malawi in 2024 will be 94.820 males per 100 females. Malawi is in the 48th position in terms of the female-to-male ratio.

  • Population
  • Growth rate

Malawi population

Year Population Growth (%)
19502,949,7391.67
19553,240,3182.05
19603,621,0812.36
19654,089,0972.44
19704,625,1412.47
19755,280,9652.87
19806,267,3693.93
19857,625,0783.79
19909,539,6653.31
199510,112,8161.95
200011,229,3872.33
200512,755,6482.78
201014,718,4222.88
201516,938,9422.74
202019,377,0612.64
202119,889,7422.58
202220,405,3172.54
202320,931,7512.56
202421,475,9622.58
  • Total
  • Crude

Malawi death and birth rate

Year Total Crude(per 1000)
DeathBirthCrude deathCrude birth
195095,671145,03032.45649.201
195598,767165,05430.47350.924
1960107,715193,01229.73953.288
1965121,107221,06429.61154.050
1970132,621249,17328.66253.851
1975132,873279,12425.16652.867
1980133,648328,70121.40352.641
1985164,379382,22121.65350.348
1990209,951454,15722.08747.778
1995206,334470,08520.33346.324
2000219,949510,14519.55945.366
2005186,932573,48514.63344.893
2010168,031601,11511.41240.825
2015135,632605,9778.00535.767
2020129,975644,1166.70633.233
2021138,931653,7036.98332.859
2022141,532665,6786.93432.611
2023138,236678,9626.60232.425
2024128,257687,9505.97032.024
  • Population
  • Urbanization

Urban and rural population of Malawi

Year Population Urban (%)
UrbanRural
1950103,5602,850,3113.506
1955127,6213,124,7113.924
1960158,8483,459,7474.390
1965199,1883,859,4854.908
1970278,6464,325,0776.053
1975404,9864,887,8227.652
1980557,7715,605,3099.050
1985732,8616,478,24410.163
19901,090,9928,346,56111.560
19951,314,2788,594,81013.263
20001,662,0509,714,12214.610
20051,962,98211,076,72915.054
20102,357,58112,809,51415.544
20152,866,70014,706,90716.313
20203,534,83616,748,85517.427
20213,691,08117,168,11017.695
20223,855,79417,589,67417.980
20234,029,57818,013,68018.280
20244,213,13518,440,49018.598
  • Population pyramid
  • Gender ratio

Malawi population by Age Group (2024)

Age group Male Female Total M per 100 F
PersonsShare (%)
00-04 1,604,944 1,591,155 3,196,098 14.88 100.867
05-09 1,465,069 1,456,251 2,921,319 13.60 100.606
10-14 1,395,550 1,401,677 2,797,226 13.02 99.563
15-19 1,280,906 1,303,252 2,584,158 12.03 98.285
20-24 1,046,044 1,082,817 2,128,861 9.91 96.604
25-29 831,141 880,581 1,711,722 7.97 94.386
30-34 665,532 744,156 1,409,688 6.56 89.434
35-39 548,769 666,499 1,215,268 5.66 82.336
40-44 493,283 571,685 1,064,967 4.96 86.286
45-49 382,261 384,612 766,873 3.57 99.389
50-54 248,667 254,565 503,233 2.34 97.683
55-59 161,938 204,663 366,601 1.71 79.124
60-64 116,585 155,835 272,420 1.27 74.813
65-69 81,843 103,704 185,547 0.86 78.920
70-74 55,327 75,656 130,982 0.61 73.130
75-79 40,664 66,735 107,400 0.50 60.934
80-84 22,163 44,051 66,215 0.31 50.312
85-89 8,699 23,075 31,774 0.15 37.699
90-94 2,515 9,227 11,742 0.05 27.257
95-99 524 2,693 3,217 0.01 19.458
100+ 78 572 649 0.00 13.636
Total 10,452,502 11,023,461 21,475,960 94.821