Lilongwe, Malawi Metro Area Population 1950-2020

NOTE: All data from 2020 and beyond are UN projections and DO NOT include any impacts of the COVID-19 virus.
Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the Lilongwe, Malawi metro area from 1950 to 2020. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current metro area population of Lilongwe in 2020 is 1,122,000, a 4.37% increase from 2019.
  • The metro area population of Lilongwe in 2019 was 1,075,000, a 4.37% increase from 2018.
  • The metro area population of Lilongwe in 2018 was 1,030,000, a 4.46% increase from 2017.
  • The metro area population of Lilongwe in 2017 was 986,000, a 4.34% increase from 2016.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Other Cities in Malawi
City Name Population
Lilongwe 1,122,000
Blantyre-Limbe 932,000
Lilongwe - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2020 1,122,000 4.37%
2019 1,075,000 4.37%
2018 1,030,000 4.46%
2017 986,000 4.34%
2016 945,000 4.42%
2015 905,000 4.38%
2014 867,000 4.33%
2013 831,000 4.40%
2012 796,000 4.33%
2011 763,000 4.38%
2010 731,000 4.43%
2009 700,000 4.32%
2008 671,000 4.35%
2007 643,000 4.38%
2006 616,000 4.41%
2005 590,000 4.42%
2004 565,000 4.24%
2003 542,000 4.43%
2002 519,000 4.43%
2001 497,000 4.41%
2000 476,000 4.39%
1999 456,000 4.59%
1998 436,000 6.34%
1997 410,000 6.49%
1996 385,000 6.35%
1995 362,000 6.47%
1994 340,000 6.25%
1993 320,000 6.31%
1992 301,000 6.36%
1991 283,000 6.39%
1990 266,000 6.40%
1989 250,000 6.38%
1988 235,000 6.82%
1987 220,000 8.37%
1986 203,000 8.56%
1985 187,000 8.72%
1984 172,000 8.18%
1983 159,000 8.90%
1982 146,000 8.15%
1981 135,000 8.87%
1980 124,000 8.77%
1979 114,000 8.57%
1978 105,000 9.38%
1977 96,000 15.66%
1976 83,000 16.90%
1975 71,000 14.52%
1974 62,000 16.98%
1973 53,000 15.22%
1972 46,000 15.00%
1971 40,000 17.65%
1970 34,000 13.33%
1969 30,000 15.38%
1968 26,000 18.18%
1967 22,000 15.79%
1966 19,000 11.76%
1965 17,000 6.25%
1964 16,000 14.29%
1963 14,000 7.69%
1962 13,000 8.33%
1961 12,000 9.09%
1960 11,000 10.00%
1959 10,000 11.11%
1958 9,000 12.50%
1957 8,000 14.29%
1956 7,000 16.67%
1955 6,000 0.00%
1954 6,000 20.00%
1953 5,000 0.00%
1952 5,000 25.00%
1951 4,000 0.00%
1950 4,000 0.00%