Population of Malawi is now at 17, 563, 749 from 13,029,498 in 2008 representing a 35 percent increase.

Commissioner of National statistical office NSO Mercy Kanyuka has revealed this when presenting preliminary results of the 2018 population and housing census.

Speaking at NSO headquarters in Zomba Kanyuka said 51 percent of the population are women while 49 percent men.

“At regional level,the results show that the southern region has the highest number of people with 7,750,629 or 44 percent, central region is the second most populous with 7, 526, 160 people representing 43 percent while 2, 286, 960 people (13 percent) live in the northern region,” explained Kanyuka.

She said among the districts Lilongwe rural has the highest population standing at 1, 637, 583 followed by Mangochi with a population of 1, 148, 611.

“On the other hand Likoma Island has the lowest population of 14, 527 and Lilongwe continues to be the biggest city city in Malawi with a population of 989, 318 followed by Blantyre with a population of 800, 264 while Mxuxu city is the third largest with 221, 272 people followed by Xomba with 105, 013 people,” Kanyuka added

The results also show that the Malawian population is still very young as a population of 8, 894, 534 are below the age of 18 percent representing 51 percent of the total population.

Kanyuka said final results of the 2018 population and housing census will be released in April.