Papua New Guinea Population 2022


Papua New Guinea map
  • The current population of Papua New Guinea is estimated at 9,361,589 people as of December, 2022, according to the latest population growth rate and projections.
  • Population of Papua New Guinea represent 0.12% of the total world population.
  • The population density of Papua New Guinea is 15 inhabitants per km2.
  • Papua New Guinea is located in Ocenia.
  • Papua New Guinea ranks number 98 in the list of countries ordered by population.
  • The latitudinal point of Papua New Guinea is -6.3217° S. The longitudinal coordinate of the country is 143.9751° E.
  • The median age in Papua New Guinea is 22.4 years.
  • Minimum Wages in Papua New Guinea is 3.20 PGK per hour, around USD $0.90 per hour, in 2022.
  • The countries that Papua New Guinea shares its land boundary with are Indonesia.

Papua New Guinea

Official name Independent State of Papua New Guinea
Location Ocenia
Capital Port Moresby
Population 9,283,741 (as of July 2022)
Population density 15/km2
Population growth rate 1.91% (in 2022)
Area 462,840 km2 (178,703.45 sq mi)
Official language English, Hiri Motu, PNG Sign Language and Tok Pisin
Currency Kina (PGK)
Life expectancy 65.05 years
Internet TLD .pg
Call code +675

Papua New Guinea Population Graph

Papua New Guinea Population History (1960-2020)

Year Population Male Population Female Population Male (%) Female (%) Urban Population Urban (%)
2020 8,951,501 4,570,636 4,380,865 51.06% 48.94% 1,195,025 13.35%
2019 8,780,507 4,482,449 4,298,058 51.05% 48.95% 1,163,417 13.25%
2018 8,610,627 4,394,864 4,215,763 51.04% 48.96% 1,134,020 13.17%
2017 8,442,257 4,308,084 4,134,173 51.03% 48.97% 1,105,936 13.1%
2016 8,275,902 4,221,538 4,054,364 51.01% 48.99% 1,080,005 13.05%
2015 8,111,826 4,136,220 3,975,606 50.99% 49.01% 1,055,349 13.01%
2014 7,950,706 4,052,475 3,898,231 50.97% 49.03% 1,032,797 12.99%
2013 7,792,282 3,970,168 3,822,114 50.95% 49.05% 1,011,438 12.98%
2012 7,634,819 3,887,650 3,747,169 50.92% 49.08% 991,000 12.98%
2011 7,475,932 3,805,249 3,670,683 50.9% 49.1% 971,871 13%
2010 7,314,167 3,721,448 3,592,719 50.88% 49.12% 952,305 13.02%
2009 7,148,346 3,636,364 3,511,982 50.87% 49.13% 932,144 13.04%
2008 6,979,688 3,550,567 3,429,121 50.87% 49.13% 911,547 13.06%
2007 6,811,907 3,464,536 3,347,371 50.86% 49.14% 890,316 13.07%
2006 6,650,214 3,382,299 3,267,915 50.86% 49.14% 870,513 13.09%
2005 6,498,149 3,304,959 3,193,190 50.86% 49.14% 851,907 13.11%
2004 6,357,424 3,232,750 3,124,674 50.85% 49.15% 834,730 13.13%
2003 6,226,490 3,166,170 3,060,320 50.85% 49.15% 818,783 13.15%
2002 6,101,670 3,102,089 2,999,581 50.84% 49.16% 802,980 13.16%
2001 5,979,407 3,039,931 2,939,476 50.84% 49.16% 788,086 13.18%
2000 5,852,268 2,974,708 2,877,560 50.83% 49.17% 772,499 13.2%
1999 5,720,739 2,907,852 2,812,887 50.83% 49.17% 765,435 13.38%
1998 5,586,232 2,838,923 2,747,309 50.82% 49.18% 756,934 13.55%
1997 5,450,990 2,770,193 2,680,797 50.82% 49.18% 747,876 13.72%
1996 5,318,509 2,702,866 2,615,643 50.82% 49.18% 739,273 13.9%
1995 5,191,213 2,638,694 2,552,519 50.83% 49.17% 730,923 14.08%
1994 5,069,717 2,576,937 2,492,780 50.83% 49.17% 722,942 14.26%
1993 4,953,012 2,518,111 2,434,901 50.84% 49.16% 715,710 14.45%
1992 4,840,085 2,461,183 2,378,902 50.85% 49.15% 708,104 14.63%
1991 4,729,323 2,405,807 2,323,516 50.87% 49.13% 700,886 14.82%
1990 4,619,536 2,350,420 2,269,116 50.88% 49.12% 692,468 14.99%
1989 4,510,602 2,295,445 2,215,157 50.89% 49.11% 667,118 14.79%
1988 4,402,839 2,241,045 2,161,794 50.9% 49.1% 642,374 14.59%
1987 4,296,009 2,187,098 2,108,911 50.91% 49.09% 618,196 14.39%
1986 4,189,848 2,133,890 2,055,958 50.93% 49.07% 594,539 14.19%
1985 4,084,287 2,080,536 2,003,751 50.94% 49.06% 571,800 14%
1984 3,979,131 2,027,765 1,951,366 50.96% 49.04% 549,518 13.81%
1983 3,874,587 1,975,652 1,898,935 50.99% 49.01% 527,719 13.62%
1982 3,771,504 1,923,844 1,847,660 51.01% 48.99% 506,513 13.43%
1981 3,671,036 1,873,697 1,797,339 51.04% 48.96% 486,045 13.24%
1980 3,574,066 1,824,918 1,749,148 51.06% 48.94% 466,416 13.05%
1979 3,480,875 1,777,683 1,703,192 51.07% 48.93% 446,248 12.82%
1978 3,391,342 1,732,297 1,659,045 51.08% 48.92% 426,970 12.59%
1977 3,305,278 1,688,667 1,616,611 51.09% 48.91% 408,863 12.37%
1976 3,222,401 1,646,647 1,575,754 51.1% 48.9% 391,522 12.15%
1975 3,142,456 1,606,109 1,536,347 51.11% 48.89% 374,895 11.93%
1974 3,065,501 1,567,391 1,498,110 51.13% 48.87% 359,277 11.72%
1973 2,991,891 1,530,352 1,461,539 51.15% 48.85% 344,367 11.51%
1972 2,920,764 1,494,555 1,426,209 51.17% 48.83% 330,046 11.3%
1971 2,852,087 1,460,269 1,391,818 51.2% 48.8% 316,011 11.08%
1970 2,785,637 1,427,360 1,358,277 51.24% 48.76% 272,992 9.8%
1969 2,721,252 1,395,186 1,326,066 51.27% 48.73% 235,388 8.65%
1968 2,659,027 1,364,347 1,294,680 51.31% 48.69% 202,884 7.63%
1967 2,599,157 1,334,927 1,264,230 51.36% 48.64% 174,403 6.71%
1966 2,541,969 1,306,572 1,235,397 51.4% 48.6% 149,976 5.9%
1965 2,487,670 1,279,906 1,207,764 51.45% 48.55% 136,076 5.47%
1964 2,436,411 1,254,752 1,181,659 51.5% 48.5% 123,526 5.07%
1963 2,388,090 1,231,060 1,157,030 51.55% 48.45% 112,001 4.69%
1962 2,342,455 1,208,941 1,133,514 51.61% 48.39% 101,897 4.35%
1961 2,299,119 1,187,725 1,111,394 51.66% 48.34% 92,425 4.02%
1960 2,257,888 1,167,780 1,090,108 51.72% 48.28% 84,219 3.73%
Source: Worldbank Open Data | Some data could be adjusted by Pediaglobe.

Cities in Papua New Guinea ordered by Population

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

Papua New Guinea

# City Population 2022
1 Port Moresby 285,804
2 Lae 77,063
3 Arawa 40,600
4 Mount Hagen 33,993
5 Popondetta 28,412
6 Madang 27,677
7 Kokopo 26,538
8 Mendi 26,528
9 Kimbe 19,037
10 Goroka 18,660
11 Wewak 18,365
12 Bulolo 16,196
13 Daru 15,339
14 Wau 14,764
15 Kavieng 14,591
16 Kiunga 11,627
17 Vanimo 11,294
18 Alotau 10,098
19 Kundiawa 9,563
20 Kainantu 8,647
21 Tari 8,343
22 Rabaul 8,189
23 Ialibu 7,010
24 Kokoda 6,285
25 Lorengau 5,892
26 Kerema 5,742
27 Aitape 5,644
28 Wabag 4,020
29 Kieta 3,648
30 Panguna 2,974

Other Countries from Ocenia Ranked by Population

Country Name Population 2022 Population density
Papua New Guinea 9,283,741 15/km2
New Zealand 4,917,049 19.1/km2
Fiji 939,221 46/km2
Solomon Islands 721,617 18.4/km2
Samoa 202,985 70/km2
Kiribati 122,344 152/km2
Micronesia 118,371 204/km2
Tonga 108,332 141/km2
Marshall Islands 59,954 293/km2
Palau 18,215 46.8/km2
Tuvalu 12,118 479.88/km2
Nauru 10,950 480/km2