Malawi Population 2022


Malawi map
  • The current population of Malawi is estimated at 20,334,291 people as of December, 2022, according to the latest population growth rate and projections.
  • Population of Malawi represent 0.25% of the total world population.
  • The population density of Malawi is 153.3 inhabitants per km2.
  • Malawi is located in Africa.
  • Malawi ranks number 62 in the list of countries ordered by population.
  • The latitudinal point of Malawi is -13.2490° S. The longitudinal coordinate of the country is 34.3122° E.
  • The median age in Malawi is 18.1 years.
  • Minimum Wages in Malawi is 50,000 MWK per month, around USD $49.20 per month, in 2022.
  • The countries that Malawi shares its land boundary with are Tanzania to the north, Mozambique to the east and south, and Zambia to the west. The Malawi Lake lies to the east.

Malawi

Official name Republic of Malawi
Location Africa
Capital Lilongwe
Population 20,091,635 (as of June, 2022)
Population density 153.3/km2
Population growth rate 2.62% (in 2022)
Area 118,484 km2 (45,746.91 sq mi)
Official language English and Chewa
Currency Malawian kwacha (MWK)
Life expectancy 65.17 years
Internet TLD .mw
Call code +265

Malawi Population Graph

Malawi Population History (1960-2020)

Year Population Male Population Female Population Male (%) Female (%) Urban Population Urban (%)
2020 19,133,781 9,436,781 9,697,000 49.32% 50.68% 3,335,018 17.43%
2019 18,632,475 9,187,673 9,444,802 49.31% 50.69% 3,199,196 17.17%
2018 18,146,844 8,946,394 9,200,450 49.3% 50.7% 3,074,075 16.94%
2017 17,673,727 8,711,380 8,962,347 49.29% 50.71% 2,953,280 16.71%
2016 17,208,694 8,480,444 8,728,250 49.28% 50.72% 2,841,155 16.51%
2015 16,748,654 8,252,062 8,496,592 49.27% 50.73% 2,731,705 16.31%
2014 16,292,808 8,025,837 8,266,971 49.26% 50.74% 2,628,030 16.13%
2013 15,842,455 7,800,825 8,041,630 49.24% 50.76% 2,530,040 15.97%
2012 15,399,089 7,580,972 7,818,117 49.23% 50.77% 2,434,596 15.81%
2011 14,965,110 7,364,331 7,600,779 49.21% 50.79% 2,345,033 15.67%
2010 14,542,517 7,154,918 7,387,599 49.2% 50.8% 2,259,907 15.54%
2009 14,130,987 6,952,446 7,178,541 49.2% 50.8% 2,180,411 15.43%
2008 13,730,645 6,755,477 6,975,168 49.2% 50.8% 2,104,908 15.33%
2007 13,344,476 6,565,482 6,778,994 49.2% 50.8% 2,033,698 15.24%
2006 12,976,288 6,385,631 6,590,657 49.21% 50.79% 1,964,610 15.14%
2005 12,628,475 6,215,735 6,412,740 49.22% 50.78% 1,900,585 15.05%
2004 12,304,789 6,058,878 6,245,911 49.24% 50.76% 1,840,796 14.96%
2003 12,003,063 5,912,709 6,090,354 49.26% 50.74% 1,786,056 14.88%
2002 11,716,474 5,775,050 5,941,424 49.29% 50.71% 1,732,867 14.79%
2001 11,434,745 5,639,616 5,795,129 49.32% 50.68% 1,680,908 14.7%
2000 11,151,427 5,504,344 5,647,083 49.36% 50.64% 1,629,223 14.61%
1999 10,856,930 5,364,409 5,492,521 49.41% 50.59% 1,576,426 14.52%
1998 10,554,878 5,221,498 5,333,380 49.47% 50.53% 1,517,791 14.38%
1997 10,267,370 5,084,402 5,182,968 49.52% 50.48% 1,437,432 14%
1996 10,025,188 4,969,486 5,055,702 49.57% 50.43% 1,366,433 13.63%
1995 9,846,781 4,884,003 4,962,778 49.6% 50.4% 1,305,683 13.26%
1994 9,748,034 4,836,000 4,912,034 49.61% 50.39% 1,258,471 12.91%
1993 9,712,665 4,817,482 4,895,183 49.6% 50.4% 1,219,911 12.56%
1992 9,688,299 4,804,427 4,883,872 49.59% 50.41% 1,183,910 12.22%
1991 9,602,665 4,760,041 4,842,624 49.57% 50.43% 1,141,757 11.89%
1990 9,406,756 4,663,870 4,742,886 49.58% 50.42% 1,087,421 11.56%
1989 9,077,746 4,502,562 4,575,184 49.6% 50.4% 1,020,339 11.24%
1988 8,638,759 4,288,280 4,350,479 49.64% 50.36% 944,216 10.93%
1987 8,143,094 4,046,303 4,096,791 49.69% 50.31% 866,425 10.64%
1986 7,668,230 3,814,178 3,854,052 49.74% 50.26% 797,496 10.4%
1985 7,270,015 3,619,013 3,651,002 49.78% 50.22% 738,634 10.16%
1984 6,966,285 3,469,210 3,497,075 49.8% 50.2% 691,752 9.93%
1983 6,739,541 3,356,291 3,383,250 49.8% 50.2% 653,735 9.7%
1982 6,567,561 3,269,332 3,298,229 49.78% 50.22% 622,605 9.48%
1981 6,413,919 3,190,925 3,222,994 49.75% 50.25% 593,929 9.26%
1980 6,251,934 3,108,462 3,143,472 49.72% 50.28% 565,800 9.05%
1979 6,076,943 3,019,633 3,057,310 49.69% 50.31% 537,202 8.84%
1978 5,899,812 2,929,847 2,969,965 49.66% 50.34% 509,744 8.64%
1977 5,720,813 2,839,239 2,881,574 49.63% 50.37% 479,976 8.39%
1976 5,548,426 2,752,019 2,796,407 49.6% 50.4% 444,984 8.02%
1975 5,387,490 2,670,040 2,717,450 49.56% 50.44% 412,143 7.65%
1974 5,237,692 2,594,229 2,643,463 49.53% 50.47% 382,352 7.3%
1973 5,095,915 2,522,988 2,572,927 49.51% 50.49% 355,185 6.97%
1972 4,961,035 2,454,720 2,506,315 49.48% 50.52% 329,909 6.65%
1971 4,831,507 2,389,663 2,441,844 49.46% 50.54% 306,801 6.35%
1970 4,706,135 2,325,772 2,380,363 49.42% 50.58% 284,721 6.05%
1969 4,584,488 2,264,279 2,320,209 49.39% 50.61% 264,525 5.77%
1968 4,466,659 2,204,296 2,262,363 49.35% 50.65% 246,113 5.51%
1967 4,352,631 2,145,847 2,206,784 49.3% 50.7% 228,513 5.25%
1966 4,242,550 2,089,456 2,153,094 49.25% 50.75% 212,976 5.02%
1965 4,136,531 2,035,173 2,101,358 49.2% 50.8% 203,104 4.91%
1964 4,034,380 1,982,898 2,051,482 49.15% 50.85% 193,650 4.8%
1963 3,935,881 1,932,124 2,003,757 49.09% 50.91% 184,593 4.69%
1962 3,840,967 1,883,226 1,957,741 49.03% 50.97% 176,300 4.59%
1961 3,749,632 1,836,195 1,913,437 48.97% 51.03% 168,358 4.49%
1960 3,661,810 1,790,991 1,870,819 48.91% 51.09% 160,753 4.39%
Source: Worldbank Open Data | Some data could be adjusted by Pediaglobe.

Cities in Malawi ordered by Population

The list offered below features the biggest cities of Malawi. Besides, in the table you will find information regarding the population size in these cities. Cities are ordered by population (largest to smallest).

Malawi

# City Population 2022
1 Lilongwe 990,307
2 Blantyre 801,384
3 Mzuzu 222,622
4 Zomba 105,906
5 Karonga 62,268
6 Kasungu 59,069
7 Mangochi 54,081
8 Salima 37,175
9 Liwonde 36,680
10 Balaka Township 36,617
11 Dedza 31,163
12 Nkhotakota 28,651
13 Mchinji 28,263
14 Nsanje 27,120
15 Mzimba 26,294
16 Mponela 24,754
17 Rumphi 22,550
18 Ntcheu 21,462
19 Chitipa 17,908
20 Monkey Bay 15,084
21 Mulanje 14,894
22 Nkhata Bay 14,405
23 Luchenza 12,712
24 Ntchisi 9,509
25 Thyolo 7,998
26 Dowa 7,266
27 Livingstonia 6,798
28 Chipoka 6,490
29 Phalombe 6,306
30 Chikwawa 6,217
31 Bangula 5,073
32 Embangweni 5,070
33 Chilumba 5,063
34 Chiradzulu 1,599
35 Machinga 1,446

Other Countries from Africa Ranked by Population

Country Name Population 2022 Population density
Nigeria 216,850,785 218/km2
Ethiopia 119,814,176 93/km2
Democratic Republic of the Congo 105,404,210 46/km2
Egypt 105,191,099 102/km2
Tanzania 63,582,799 47.5/km2
South Africa 60,839,972 42/km2
Kenya 55,839,697 78/km2
Uganda 49,130,208 161.1/km2
Sudan 46,010,693 21/km2
Algeria 45,433,964 17.9/km2
Morocco 37,722,619 50.1/km2
Angola 33,103,620 25/km2
Mozambique 33,099,311 28.9/km2
Ghana 32,257,331 102/km2
Madagascar 29,098,694 35.6/km2
Ivory Coast 27,485,355 64/km2
Cameroon 27,395,781 39.9/km2
Niger 26,010,912 12.2/km2
Burkina Faso 22,081,135 65/km2
Mali 21,396,790 11.8/km2