Malawi

Decennial Population

year population est.
1950 2,953,871
1960 3,618,604
1970 4,603,739
1980 6,163,225
1990 9,408,998
2000 11,193,230
2010 14,769,824
2020 20,022,268
2025 23,134,168
2050 43,154,607
2075 66,666,546
2100 87,055,526
source: UN - WPP 2015 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 unitsadministrative centerarea in
sq.km.
population
1998-09-12
census
population
2008-06-08
census
population
2014
estimate
Central Region 35,5924,066,3405,510,1956,824,238
Dedza DistrictDedza3,624486,682624,445718,747
Dowa DistrictDowa3,041411,387558,470732,342
Kasungu DistrictKasungu7,878480,659627,467794,991
Lilongwe DistrictLilongwe5,703905,8891,230,8341,421,454
Lilongwe CityLilongwe456440,471674,448978,780
Mchinji DistrictMchinji3,356324,941456,516569,086
Nkhotakota DistrictNkhotakota4,259229,460303,659367,776
Ntcheu DistrictNtcheu3,424370,757471,589557,433
Ntchisi DistrictNtchisi1,655167,880224,872276,481
Salima DistrictSalima2,196248,214337,895407,148
Northern Region 26,9311,233,5601,708,9302,090,627
Chitipa DistrictChitipa4,288126,799178,904211,170
Karonga DistrictKaronga3,355194,572269,890327,084
Likoma District-188,07410,41410,440
Mzimba DistrictMzimba10,382524,014727,931869,202
Mzuzu CityMzuzu City4886,980133,968209,094
Nkhata Bay DistrictNkhata Bay4,071164,761215,789260,583
Rumphi DistrictRumphi4,769128,360172,034203,054
Southern Region 31,7534,633,9685,876,7846,890,375
Balaka DistrictBalaka2,193253,098317,324383,887
Blantyre DistrictBlantyre1,792307,344340,728389,907
Blantyre CityBlantyre City220502,053661,256849,741
Chikwawa DistrictChikwawa4,755356,682434,648518,287
Chiradzulu DistrictChiradzulu767236,050288,546314,059
Machinga DistrictMachinga3,771369,614490,579589,710
Mangochi DistrictMangochi6,273610,239797,061982,058
Mulanje DistrictMulanje2,056428,322521,391564,975
Mwanza DistrictMwanza82663,22092,947102,571
Neno DistrictNeno1,46974,795107,317143,824
Nsanje DistrictNsanje1,942194,924238,103274,797
Phalombe DistrictPhalombe1,394231,990313,129364,281
Thyolo DistrictThyolo1,715458,976587,053633,019
Zomba DistrictZomba2,541480,746579,639648,882
Zomba CityZomba City3965,91588,314130,377
total 94,2769,933,86813,077,16015,805,240
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
population
2014
estimate
Lilongwe223,318440,471674,448978,780
Blantyre333,120502,053661,256849,741
Mzuzu44,21786,980133,968209,094
Zomba43,25065,91588,314130,377
source: National Statistical Office, Malawi.