Macau population rises as ageing trend increases

8 May 2017

Macau’s population registered average annual growth of 3.3% in the 2011/2016, or by 17.8% to 650,800 people in August 2016, which was the peak of the last 20 years, according to the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) publishing the overall results of Intercensos 2016.

The population increase compared to the 2011 Census, when the population was 552,500 people, was due to a substantial increase of non-resident workers domiciled in Macau and the rise in the birth rate, with the local population reaching 537,000 people, an increase of 10.7%.

The continuous ageing of the population resulted from a 48.6% increase in the over 65 age group (59,300), accounting for 9.1% of the total population, an additional 1.9 percentage points compared to 2011.

At Intercensos 2016, the female population was bigger than the male population, with 336,800 women and 314,0000 men, respectively 51.8% and 48.2% of the total population.

Population density continued to increase over the period analysed, by 15.5% since 2011, from 18,478 people per square kilometre, to 21,340 people per square kilometre in 2016.

The most densely populated areas of Macau were in the north of the peninsula, with between 146,857 people and 170,953 people per square kilometre. (macauhub)