Timor-Leste population totals 1.16 million people in July

22 October 2015

The population of Timor-Leste (East Timor) was 1.16 million people as of July 2015, an increase of 9.4 percent compared to 2010, according to preliminary data from the Population and Housing Census released in Dili.

Population growth – of over 100,000 people – was lower than recorded in the periods between the previous censuses, when it increased by 15.51 percent or 143,000 people between 2004 and 2010 to 1.06 million and increased by 17.26 percent or 135,000 people between 2001 and 2004 to 923,000.

Preliminary data showed that the population of Timor-Leste has more than doubled in the past 35 years – it was about 555,000 in 1980 – with an average annual growth of 1.81 percent over the last five years, less than the annual average of 2.4 percent over the previous five years.

Timor-Leste had, at the time of the census, 588,561 men and 578,681 women and the city of Dili had the largest population, 252,884 (21.67 percent of the total), of which 222,323 lived in the urban area of ​​the municipality.

Preliminary information also confirmed that, despite development in recent years and the progressive increase of the population in large cities, Timor-Leste remains a largely rural country.

Timor-Leste has the second smallest population in Southeast Asia, after Brunei, the lowest population density in the region (78 people per square kilometre), but the second highest annual growth after Singapore (1.81 percent). (macauhub/TL)