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Palau Demographics Profile

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Population
21,685 (July 2020 est.)
Age structure
0-14 years: 18.68% (male 2,090/female 1,961)
15-24 years: 15.86% (male 1,723/female 1,716)
25-54 years: 45.33% (male 6,026/female 3,804)
55-64 years: 10.68% (male 853/female 1,463)
65 years and over: 9.45% (male 501/female 1,548) (2020 est.)
Median age
total: 33.9 years
male: 32.9 years
female: 35.9 years (2020 est.)
Population growth rate
0.39% (2020 est.)
Birth rate
11.3 births/1,000 population (2020 est.)
Death rate
8.3 deaths/1,000 population (2020 est.)
Net migration rate
0.9 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2020 est.)
Urbanization
urban population: 81% of total population (2020)
rate of urbanization: 1.77% annual rate of change (2015-20 est.)
Major cities - population
277 NGERULMUD (capital) (2018)
Sex ratio
at birth: 1.07 male(s)/female
0-14 years: 1.07 male(s)/female
15-24 years: 1 male(s)/female
25-54 years: 1.58 male(s)/female
55-64 years: 0.58 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.32 male(s)/female
total population: 106.7 male(s)/female (2020 est.)
Infant mortality rate
total: 9.8 deaths/1,000 live births
male: 11.2 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 8.3 deaths/1,000 live births (2020 est.)
Life expectancy at birth
total population: 74.1 years
male: 70.9 years
female: 77.5 years (2020 est.)
Total fertility rate
1.7 children born/woman (2020 est.)
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate
NA
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS
NA
HIV/AIDS - deaths
NA
Drinking water source
improved: 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 (2017 est.)
Sanitation facility access
improved: 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 (2017 est.)
Major infectious diseases
degree of risk: high (2020)
food or waterborne diseases: bacterial diarrhea
vectorborne diseases: malaria
Nationality
noun: Palauan(s)
adjective: Palauan
Ethnic groups
Palauan (Micronesian with Malayan and Melanesian admixtures) 73%, Carolinian 2%, Asian 21.7%, caucasian 1.2%, other 2.1% (2015 est.)
Religions
Roman 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.)
Languages
Palauan (official on most islands) 65.2%, other Micronesian 1.9%, English (official) 19.1%, Filipino 9.9%, Chinese 1.2%, other 2.8% (2015 est.)

note: Sonsoralese is official in Sonsoral; Tobian is official in Tobi; Angaur and Japanese are official in Angaur

Literacy
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 96.6%
male: 96.8%
female: 96.3% (2015)
School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education)
total: 17 years
male: 16 years
female: 17 years (2013)
Education expenditures
NA
Health expenditures
12% (2017)
Physicians density
1.42 physicians/1,000 population (2014)
Hospital bed density
4.8 beds/1,000 population (2010)
Obesity - adult prevalence rate
55.3% (2016)

Source: CIA World Factbook
This page was last updated on Friday, November 27, 2020