Demographics of the Federated States of Micronesia

This article is about the demographic features of the population of the Federated States of Micronesia, including population density, ethnicity, education level, health of the populace, economic status, religious affiliations and other aspects of the population.

The Demographics of the Federated States of Micronesia refers to the population characteristics of people who inhabit the Federated States of Micronesia. The indigenous population of the Federated States of Micronesia, which is predominantly Micronesian, consists of various ethnolinguistic groups. English has become the common language. Population growth remains high at more than 3%, but is ameliorated somewhat by net emigration.

The island of Pohnpei is genetically notable for the prevalence of the extreme form of color blindness known as maskun.

CIA World Factbook demographic statistics

Demographics of the Federated States of Micronesia, Data of FAO, year 2005 ; Number of inhabitants in thousands.

The following demographic statistics are from the CIA World Factbook, unless otherwise indicated.


622,469 (July 2015 est.)

Age structure[1]

0–14 years: 35.68% (male 114,349/female 107,750)
15–24 years: 20.01% (male 64,036/female 60,512)
25–54 years: 35.73% (male 113,306/female 109,133)
55–64 years: 4.45% (male 13,863/female 13,820)
65 years and over: 4.13% (male 12,315/female 13,385) (2015 est.)

Population growth rate[1]

2.02% (2015 est.)

Birth rate[1]

25.77 births/1,000 population (2015 est.)

Death rate[1]

3.85 deaths/1,000 population (2015 est.)

Net migration rate[1]

1.75 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2015 est.)

Infant mortality rate[1]

Total: 15.65 deaths/1,000 live births

Male: 17.84 deaths/1,000 live births

Female: 13.35 deaths/1,000 live births (2015 est.)

Life expectancy at birth[1]

Total population: 75.12 years
Male: 72.49 years
Female: 77.88 years (2015 est.)

Total fertility rate[1]

3.28 children born/woman (2015 est.)

noun: Micronesian(s)
adjective: Micronesian; Kosrae(s), Pohnpeian(s), Trukese, Yapese

Ethnic groups[1]

Melanesian 95.3%, Polynesian 3.1%, Micronesian 1.2%, other 0.3% (2009 est.)


Protestant 73.4% (Church of Melanesia 31.9%, South Sea Evangelical 17.1%, Seventh Day Adventist 11.7%, United Church 10.1%, Christian Fellowship Church 2.5%), Roman Catholic 19.6%, other Christian 2.9%, other 4%, none 0.03%, unspecified 0.1% (2009 est.)


Melanesian pidgin (lingua franca), English (official but spoken by only 1%-2% of the population), 120 indigenous languages


Definition: age 15 and over can read and write
Total Population: 84.1%
Male: 88.9%
Female: 79.2% (2009 est.)


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