Flag of Palau

Palau Demographics Profile 2018

Home > Factbook > Countries > Palau

Population21,431 (July 2017 est.)
Age structure0-14 years: 19.69% (male 2,177/female 2,043)
15-24 years: 16.68% (male 1,788/female 1,787)
25-54 years: 45.89% (male 6,005/female 3,830)
55-64 years: 9.65% (male 731/female 1,338)
65 years and over: 8.08% (male 446/female 1,286) (2017 est.)
Median agetotal: 33.4 years
male: 32.7 years
female: 35 years (2017 est.)
Population growth rate0.39% (2017 est.)
Birth rate11.3 births/1,000 population (2017 est.)
Death rate8.1 deaths/1,000 population (2017 est.)
Net migration rate0.8 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2017 est.)
Urbanizationurban population: 88.2% of total population (2017)
rate of urbanization: 1.6% annual rate of change (2015-20 est.)
Major cities - populationMELEKEOK (capital) 299 (2012)
Sex ratioat birth: 1.06 male(s)/female
0-14 years: 1.07 male(s)/female
15-24 years: 1 male(s)/female
25-54 years: 1.57 male(s)/female
55-64 years: 0.54 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.37 male(s)/female
total population: 1.09 male(s)/female (2016 est.)
Infant mortality ratetotal: 10.6 deaths/1,000 live births
male: 12.1 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 9 deaths/1,000 live births (2017 est.)
Life expectancy at birthtotal population: 73.4 years
male: 70.2 years
female: 76.8 years (2017 est.)
Total fertility rate1.71 children born/woman (2017 est.)
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rateNA
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDSNA
HIV/AIDS - deathsNA
Drinking water sourceimproved:
urban: 97% of population
rural: 86% of population
total: 95.3% of population
unimproved:
urban: 3% of population
rural: 14% of population
total: 4.7% of population (2011 est.)
Sanitation facility accessimproved:
urban: 100% of population
rural: 100% of population
total: 100% of population
unimproved:
urban: 0% of population
rural: 0% of population
total: 0% of population (2015 est.)
Nationalitynoun: Palauan(s)
adjective: Palauan
Ethnic groupsPalauan (Micronesian with Malayan and Melanesian admixtures) 73%, Carolinian 2%, Asian 21.7%, caucasian 1.2%, other 2.1% (2015 est.)
ReligionsRoman Catholic 45.3%, Protestant 34.9% (includes Evangelical 26.4%, Seventh Day Adventist 6.9%, Assembly of God .9%, Baptist .7%), Modekngei 5.7% (indigenous to Palau), Muslim 3%, Mormon 1.5%, other 9.7% (2015 est.)
LanguagesPalauan (official on most islands) 65.2%, other Micronesian 1.9%, English (official) 19.1%, Filipino 9.9%, Chinese 1.2%, other 2.8%
note: Sonsoralese is official in Sonsoral; Tobian is official in Tobi; Angaur and Japanese are official in Angaur (2015 est.)
Literacydefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 96.6%
male: 96.8%
female: 86% (2015 est.)
School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education)total: 17 years
male: 16 years
female: 18 years (2013)
Health expenditures9% of GDP (2014)
Physicians density1.42 physicians/1,000 population (2010)
Hospital bed density4.8 beds/1,000 population (2010)
Obesity - adult prevalence rate55.3% (2016)

Source: CIA World Factbook
This page was last updated on January 20, 2018