2018 Census of Malawi

Last updated
Sixth Census of Malawi

  2008 September 3-23, 20182028 

General information
Country Malawi
Results
Total population17,563,749 [1] (Increase2.svg 34.8%)
Most populous  region Southern (7,750,629)
Least populous  region Northern (2,289,780)

The 2018 Malawi census was the sixth national census in Malawi, which took place on 3-23 September 2018. The population of Malawi was counted as 17,563,749 – an increase of 4,534,251 (34.8%) over the 2008 census. [1]

Contents

Preliminary results from the 2018 census were released to the public in December 2018 and final results in May 2019, from the National Statistical Office of Malawi website. The next Malawian census is set to be held in September 2028.

Projections

The 2018 projected population of Malawi was 17,931,637 based on the medium variant of projections based on the 2008 census. [2] The actual enumerated population was 17,563,749 which was about 98% the size of the 2018 projection. [2]

Results

Population and dwellings

Population counts for regions of Malawi. All figures are for the census de jure population count.

Region Population%
Southern 7,750,62944.13
Central 7,523,34042.83
Northern 2,289,78013.04
Flag of Malawi.svg Malawi17,563,749100

Birthplace

In 2018, 17,506,538 people (99.67%) were born in Malawi, with 57,211 (0.33%) born abroad. [1]

BirthplaceResponsesChange from 2008
Number%Number pp
Malawi17,506,53899.67Increase2.svg 4,538,143Increase2.svg 0.06
Abroad57,2110.33Increase2.svg 5,687Decrease2.svg 0.06
Zambia 12,1270.07Increase2.svg 6,355Increase2.svg 0.03
Mozambique 5,3490.03Decrease2.svg 13,671Decrease2.svg 0.12
Zimbabwe 2,8750.02Decrease2.svg 1,567Decrease2.svg 0.01
South Africa 1,7360.01Increase2.svg 297Decrease2.svg 0.00
Tanzania 1,2520.01Decrease2.svg 1,235Decrease2.svg 0.01
United Kingdom 8620.00Decrease2.svg 742Decrease2.svg 0.01
Other33,0100.19Increase2.svg 16,220Increase2.svg 0.06
Total17,563,749100

    Ethnicity

    The 2018 Census asked a question on ethnicity for the first time and the five largest ethnic groups were Chewa (34.4%), Lomwe (18.9%), Yao (13.3%), Ngoni (10.4%), and Tumbuka (9.2%). [1]

    Data is for the population that stated their ethnicity. [1]

    Ethnic groupPopulation%
    Chewa 6,020,94534.39
    Lomwe 3,302,63418.87
    Yao 2,321,76313.26
    Ngoni 1,819,34710.39
    Tumbuka 1,614,9559.23
    Sena 670,9083.83
    Mang'anja 559,8873.2
    Nyanja 324,2721.85
    Tonga 310,0311.77
    Nyakyusa 174,4301
    Lambya 106,7690.61
    Sukwa 93,7620.54
    Other186,3191.06
    Total17,506,022100

    Religion

    According to the 2018 Census, 77.3% of the population identified as being Christian, 13.8% as Muslim, 2.1% identified as having no religion, 1.1% as having traditional religions, and 5.6% had other religions. [1]

    Religious affiliationPopulation%
    Christian 13,581,62377.33
    Roman Catholic 3,028,43517.24
    Church of Central Africa Presbyterian 2,498,96914.23
    Seventh-day Adventist/Baptist/Apostolic 1,644,8299.36
    Pentecostal 1,332,4207.59
    Anglican 410,6332.34
    Other Christian4,666,33726.57
    Islam 2,426,75413.82
    Irreligion 376,7842.15
    Traditional 186,2841.06
    Buddhism 5,5060.03
    Hinduism 3,2110.02
    Other983,5875.6
    Total17,563,749100

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    1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 "2018 Population and Housing Census Main Report" (PDF). Malawi National Statistical Office. Retrieved 25 December 2019.
    2. 1 2 "2008 Malawi Population and Housing Census Population Projections Thematic Report" (PDF). Malawi National Statistical Office. Retrieved 26 January 2020.