Preliminary results from the 2014 census show the Maldivian population has grown by 14.1 percent since 2006, with foreigners – not included in the last census – making up 14.6 percent of the total.
The first census taken in eight years shows the Maldivian population to have grown by an average of 1.56 per year, now numbering 341,256, while the expatriate population added another 58,683 to the total number.
Information gathered by the National Bureau of Statistics between September 20 and 30 showed that the capital Malé now contains 38.98 percent of the population, with the capital’s Maldivian population growing by close to 3 percent since 2006.
The expatriate population in the capital is 13.2 percent of the total, while foreigners make up 7.1 percent of the population in the country’s other administrative islands.
The average male to female ratio in the capital is 103 males to every 100 females, with 99 males for every 100 females in Malé and 93 males for every 100 females in the administrative islands.
After the capital city, the most populous regions in the country were Haa Dhaalu Atoll (18,254), Seenu Atoll (19,712), and Raa Atoll (14,865). Alif Alif (8.2 percent) and Seenu (7.8 percent) atolls have the highest percentage of foreigners, after Malé Atoll (10.3 percent).
The atoll with the most males to females was Kaafu, with a ratio of 119:100, while Haa Alif and Fuvahmulah just 83 males for every 100 females.
Islands experiencing the largest changes in population since 2006 were recorded as being Haa Dhaalu Nolhivaranfaru, which grew by a yearly average of 15.98 percent, while the island of Buruni in Thaa Atoll dropped by an average of 15.25 percent each year.
*The original version of this article stated the growth rate as 12.1 percent, but the 42,288 additional Maldivians counted represents 14.1 percent of the 2006 count.