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Malawi: Administrative Division

Contents: Regions and Districts

The population of the regions, districts and cities of Malawi according to census results.

The Details icon links to further information about a selected division including its population structure (gender, age groups, age distribution, urbanization, nationality, country of birth, religion, literacy (a5+), tribe).

NameStatusPopulation
Census
1977-09-20
Population
Census
1987-09-01
Population
Census
1998-09-01
Population
Census
2008-06-08
Population
Census
2018-09-03
CentralRegion2,143,7163,110,9864,066,3405,497,2527,523,340
DedzaDistrict298,190411,787486,682625,828830,512
DowaDistrict247,603322,432411,387559,849772,569
KasunguDistrict194,436323,453480,659623,592842,953
LilongweDistrict605,399753,309905,8891,232,9721,637,583
Lilongwe CityCity98,718223,318440,471669,532989,318
MchinjiDistrict158,833249,843324,941454,584602,305
NkhotakotaDistrict94,370158,044229,460299,240393,077
NtcheuDistrict226,454358,767370,757471,353659,608
NtchisiDistrict87,437120,860167,880222,374317,069
SalimaDistrict132,276189,173248,214337,928478,346
NorthernRegion648,853911,7871,233,5601,679,4912,289,780
ChitipaDistrict72,31696,794126,799176,835234,927
KarongaDistrict106,923148,014194,572264,112365,028
LikomaDistrict7,9008,1928,07410,71414,527
MzimbaDistrict285,253389,479610,994718,402940,184
Mzuzu CityCity16,10844,21786,980127,539221,272
Nkhata BayDistrict97,900130,189164,761215,429284,681
RumphiDistrict62,45094,902128,360166,460229,161
SouthernRegion2,754,8913,965,7344,633,9685,852,7557,750,629
BalakaDistrict146,587213,416253,098316,574438,379
BlantyreDistrict189,051256,405307,344339,406451,220
Blantyre CityCity219,011333,120502,053648,852800,264
ChikwawaDistrict194,425316,733356,682437,892564,684
ChiradzuluDistrict176,184210,912236,050287,604356,875
MachingaDistrict195,249301,849369,614494,835735,438
MangochiDistrict302,341496,578610,239796,0361,148,611
MulanjeDistrict307,804419,928428,322523,949684,107
MwanzaDistrict...60,30063,20092,237130,949
NenoDistrict...61,20074,800108,339138,291
NsanjeDistrict108,758204,374194,924241,107299,168
PhalombeDistrict169,742218,134231,990315,185429,450
ThyoloDistrict322,000431,157458,976590,472721,456
ZombaDistrict328,100398,365480,746578,766746,724
Zomba CityCity24,23443,25065,91581,501105,013
MalawiRepublic5,547,4607,988,5079,933,86813,029,49817,563,749

Source: National Statistical Office of Malawi (web).

Explanation: Population figures until 1998 are de facto, later figures are de jure.


Further information about the population structure:

Gender (C 2018)
Males8,521,460
Females9,042,289
Age Groups (C 2018)
0-14 years7,718,587
15-64 years9,188,275
65+ years656,887
Age Distribution (C 2018)
0-9 years5,185,284
10-19 years4,569,248
20-29 years2,880,987
30-39 years2,076,224
40-49 years1,265,468
50-59 years694,733
60-69 years475,469
70+ years416,336
Urbanization (C 2018)
Rural14,747,257
Urban2,816,492
Nationality (C 2018)
Malawi17,506,538
Other Nationality57,211
Country of Birth (C 2018)
Malawi17,419,753
Other Country143,996
Religion (C 2018)
Christian13,581,623
Muslim2,426,754
Traditional186,284
Other religion992,304
No religion376,784
Literacy (A5+) (C 2018)
yes10,301,467
no4,709,876
Tribe (C 2018)
Chewa6,020,944
Tumbuka1,614,577
Lomwe3,302,634
Yao2,321,763
Ngoni1,819,347
Sena670,908
Mang'anja559,885
Other Tribe1,196,480