Papua New Guinea Population (LIVE)

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Papua New Guinea Population (1950 - 2024)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)
  • The current population of Papua New Guinea is 10,448,532 as of Wednesday, February 21, 2024, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data 1.
  • Papua New Guinea 2023 population is estimated at 10,329,931 people at mid year.
  • Papua New Guinea population is equivalent to 0.13% of the total world population.
  • Papua New Guinea ranks number 92 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
  • The population density in Papua New Guinea is 23 per Km2 (59 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 452,860 Km2 (174,850 sq. miles)
  • 12.3 % of the population is urban (1,271,933 people in 2023)
  • The median age in Papua New Guinea is 22.2 years.
1. Updated on July 16, 2023 with the latest July 2023-July 2024 estimates from the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

Population of Papua New Guinea (2024 and historical)

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationPapua New Guinea
Global Rank
2024 10,515,788 1.80 % 185,857 -800 22.4 3.06 23 12.5 % 1,310,465 0.13 % 8,118,835,999 89
2023 10,329,931 1.85 % 187,312 -800 22.2 3.10 23 12.3 % 1,271,933 0.13 % 8,045,311,447 92
2022 10,142,619 1.94 % 193,182 -800 22.0 3.17 22 12.2 % 1,235,492 0.13 % 7,975,105,156 93
2020 9,749,640 2.17 % 207,154 10,695 21.6 3.27 22 12.0 % 1,168,469 0.12 % 7,840,952,880 94
2015 8,682,174 2.74 % 219,781 30,581 20.6 3.56 19 11.9 % 1,030,539 0.12 % 7,426,597,537 96
2010 7,583,269 3.13 % 216,890 50,107 19.8 3.88 17 12.2 % 925,387 0.11 % 6,985,603,105 100
2005 6,498,818 3.36 % 198,104 46,016 19.1 4.22 14 12.7 % 827,808 0.10 % 6,558,176,119 101
2000 5,508,297 3.60 % 178,37241,857 18.5 4.53 12 13.4 % 735,741 0.09 % 6,148,898,975 102
1995 4,616,439 3.62 % 150,293 40,951 17.9 4.78 10 14.9 % 689,139 0.08 % 5,743,219,454 110
1990 3,864,972 2.31 % 83,479 2,397 17.3 5.18 9 16.7 % 646,717 0.07 % 5,316,175,862 117
1985 3,447,579 2.12 % 68,558 -25,472 17.0 5.47 8 15.4 % 531,198 0.07 % 4,861,730,613 118
1980 3,104,788 2.13 % 62,065 -25,633 16.6 5.71 7 13.9 % 431,144 0.07 % 4,444,007,706 119
1975 2,794,462 2.34 % 61,081 -23,563 15.8 6.07 6 12.3 % 343,361 0.07 % 4,069,437,231 120
1970 2,489,059 2.29 % 53,376 -18,774 15.9 6.25 5 9.9 % 247,610 0.07 % 3,695,390,336 119
1965 2,222,178 2.28 % 47,302 -18,532 16.8 6.20 5 5.5 % 122,314 0.07 % 3,337,111,983 118
1960 1,985,666 2.74 % 50,149 -2,033 17.5 6.02 4 3.8 % 74,897 0.07 % 3,019,233,434 118
1955 1,734,921 2.37 % 38,413 -601 17.8 5.82 4 2.7 % 46,008 0.06 % 2,746,072,141 118
Source: Worldometer (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).
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Papua New Guinea Population Forecast

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YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationPapua New Guinea
Global Rank
2025 10,701,144 1.88 % 190,301 -800 22.7 3.02 24 12.6 % 1,351,201 0.13 % 8,191,988,453 89
2030 11,615,322 1.65 % 182,836 -800 23.9 2.84 26 13.7 % 1,592,390 0.14 % 8,546,141,327 87
2035 12,507,085 1.49 % 178,353 -800 25.1 2.69 28 15.3 % 1,909,467 0.14 % 8,879,397,401 84
2040 13,362,082 1.33 % 170,999 -800 26.3 2.55 30 17.3 % 2,316,480 0.15 % 9,188,250,492 84
2045 14,165,403 1.17 % 160,664 -800 27.5 2.43 31 19.7 % 2,789,827 0.15 % 9,467,543,575 85
2050 14,910,369 1.03 % 148,993   28.7 2.33 33 22.3 % 3,325,555 0.15 % 9,709,491,761 85
Source: Worldometer (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

Papua New Guinea Demographics

Main Page: Demographics of Papua New Guinea
Life Expectancy
66.12 years
(life expectancy at birth, both sexes)
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Infant Mortality
33.2
(infant deaths per 1,000 live births)
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Deaths under age 5
41.6
(per 1,000 live births)
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Main Cities by Population in Papua New Guinea

(includes boroughs, districts, urban agglomerations, etc.)

# CITY NAME POPULATION
1 Port Moresby 283,733
2 Lae 76,255
3 Arawa 40,266
4 Mount Hagen 33,623
5 Popondetta 28,198
6 Madang 27,419
7 Kokopo 26,273
8 Mendi 26,252
9 Kimbe 18,847
10 Goroka 18,503
11 Wewak 18,230
12 Bulolo 16,042
13 Daru 15,214

See also

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Notes

The Papua New Guinea Population (Live) counter shows a continuously updated estimate of the current population of Papua New Guinea delivered by Worldometer's RTS algorithm, which processes data collected from the United Nations Population Division.

The Population of Papua New Guinea (1950 - 2023) chart plots the total population count as of July 1 of each year, from 1950 to 2023.

The Yearly Population Growth Rate chart plots the annual percentage changes in population registered on July 1 of each year, from 1951 to 2023. This value can differ from the Yearly % Change shown in the historical table, which shows the last year equivalent percentage change assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five year period.

Definitions

Year: as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Population: Overall total population (both sexes and all ages) in the country as of July 1 of the year indicated, as estimated by the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. For forecasted years, the U.N. medium-fertility variant is used.


Yearly % Change: For 2023: percentage change in total population over the last year (from July 1, 2022 to June 30 2023). For all other years: latest year annual percentage change equivalent assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five year period, calculated through reverse compounding.

Yearly Change: For 2023: absolute change in total population (increase or decrease in number of people) over the last year (from July 1, 2022 to June 30 2023). For all other years: average annual numerical change over the preceding five year period.

Migrants (net): The average annual number of immigrants minus the number of emigrants over the preceding five year period (running from July 1 to June 30 of the initial and final years), or subsequent five year period (for 2016 data). A negative number means that there are more emigrants than immigrants.

Median Age: age that divides the population into two numerically equal groups: half of the people are older than the median age indicated and half are younger. This parameter provides an indication of age distribution.

Fertility Rate: (Total Fertility Rate, or TFR), it is expressed as children per woman. It is calculated as the average number of children an average woman will have during her reproductive period (15 to 49 years old) based on the current fertility rates of every age group in the country, and assuming she is not subject to mortality.

Density (P/Km²): (Population Density) Population per square Kilometer (Km²).

Urban Pop % : Urban population as a percentage of total population.

Urban Population: Population living in areas classified as urban according to the criteria used by each country.

Country's Share of World Pop: Total population in the country as a percentage of total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

World Population: Total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Global Rank: Position held by Papua New Guinea in the list of all countries worldwide ranked by population (from the highest population to the lowest population) as of July 1 of the year indicated.