Malawi

Decennial Population

year population est.
1950 2,880,700
1960 3,525,127
1970 4,529,749
1980 6,236,824
1990 9,447,123
2000 11,321,496
2010 15,013,694
2020 19,894,908
2025 22,775,893
2050 41,202,908
2075 63,657,624
2100 84,985,824
source: UN - WPP 2012 Revision (medium).

General Information


Official name Republic of Malawi
Capital Lilongwe
Region Eastern Africa
ISO code MW
Statistical agency National Statistical Office


Administrative units

administrative unitscapitalarea in
sq.km.
population
1987-09-01
census
population
1998-09-12
census
population
2008-06-08
census
Central Region 35,5923,110,9864,066,3405,510,195
Dedza DistrictDedza3,624411,787486,682624,445
Dowa DistrictDowa3,041322,432411,387558,470
Kasungu DistrictKasungu7,878323,453480,659627,467
Lilongwe DistrictLilongwe5,703753,309905,8891,230,834
Lilongwe CityLilongwe456223,318440,471674,448
Mchinji DistrictMchinji3,356249,843324,941456,516
Nkhotakota DistrictNkhotakota4,259158,044229,460303,659
Ntcheu DistrictNtcheu3,424358,767370,757471,589
Ntchisi DistrictNtchisi1,655120,860167,880224,872
Salima DistrictSalima2,196189,173248,214337,895
Northern Region 26,931911,7871,233,5601,708,930
Chitipa DistrictChitipa4,28896,794126,799178,904
Karonga DistrictKaronga3,355148,014194,572269,890
Likoma District-188,1928,07410,414
Mzimba DistrictMzimba10,382389,479524,014727,931
Mzuzu CityMzuzu City4844,21786,980133,968
Nkhata Bay DistrictNkhata Bay4,071130,189164,761215,789
Rumphi DistrictRumphi4,76994,902128,360172,034
Southern Region 31,7533,965,7344,633,9685,876,784
Balaka DistrictBalaka2,193213,416253,098317,324
Blantyre DistrictBlantyre1,792256,405307,344340,728
Blantyre CityBlantyre City220333,120502,053661,256
Chikwawa DistrictChikwawa4,755316,733356,682434,648
Chiradzulu DistrictChiradzulu767210,912236,050288,546
Machinga DistrictMachinga3,771301,849369,614490,579
Mangochi DistrictMangochi6,273496,578610,239797,061
Mulanje DistrictMulanje2,056419,928428,322521,391
Mwanza DistrictMwanza82660,30563,22092,947
Neno DistrictNeno1,46961,20874,795107,317
Nsanje DistrictNsanje1,942204,374194,924238,103
Phalombe DistrictPhalombe1,394218,134231,990313,129
Thyolo DistrictThyolo1,715431,157458,976587,053
Zomba DistrictZomba2,541398,365480,746579,639
Zomba CityZomba City3943,25065,91588,314
total 94,2767,988,5079,933,86813,077,160
source: National Statistical Office, Malawi.
note: area = land area.
note: NP = National Park; TA = Traditional Authority; STA = Sub-Traditional Authority; S/C Sub-Chiefdom.

Main cities

namepopulation
1987-09-01
census
population
1998-09-12
census
population
2008-06-08
census
Lilongwe223,318440,471674,448
Blantyre333,120502,053661,256
Mzuzu44,21786,980133,968
Zomba43,25065,91588,314
source: National Statistical Office, Malawi.