Population of Malta and Gozo was almost 494,000 in 2018 – NSO
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The National Statistics Office, in data released to mark World Population Day, said that, the estimated total population of Malta and Gozo at the end of 2018 stood at 493,559, up by 3.8% when compared to 2017.
The NSO noted that persons under the age of 18 made up 16.2% of the total population, while a further 18.7% were aged 65 and over. Of these, 2,889 persons – 2,010 females and 879 males – were over 89.
It went on to say that the population increase in 2018 was largely due to net migration (immigration less emigration).
Population increase was driven by a net migration of 17,102 persons, an increase of 17% when compared to the previous year.
The biggest proportion of net migrants were men, reaching 10,835 against 6,267 female counterparts, the NSO said. Excluding adoptions, the largest share of migrants were third-country nationals at 9,209 followed by other EU nationals at 7,349. Net migration of Maltese nationals was estimated at 480.
The number of resident live births registered during 2018 increased by 2.9% over the previous year. The NSO said that there were approximately nine births for every 1,000 persons in 2018.
Over the past ten years the total fertility rate has decreased from 1.43 to 1.23, while the average age of parent who gave birth has increased from 28.6 years to 30.5 years.
The NSO explained that this was largely due to a sharper increase in population figures when compared to increases in the number of births.
Resident deaths rose by 3.3% over the previous year. Of the 3,688 registered resident deaths during 2018, 64.4% were persons aged 75 and over.
The average life expectancy for those born in 2018 is 82.5 years, an increase of 2.8 years when compared to ten years ago, said the NSO.
Photograph by Alain Salvary