The population of Mauritius

Below you’ll find statistics about the population of Mauritius with age distribution, religion, language, ethnicity, demographics, and how many people live in our cities. 

The current estimated population of Mauritius during the July 2015 census was 1, 339 827.

Races - composition of our people

  • Indo Mauritian - Mauritians of Indian origin 68%, 
  • Creole - Africa and Malagasy origin 27%
  • Sino Mauritian - from China 3%
  • Franco Mauritian - from France 2%

Population in our largest cities showing districts - demographics

Mauritius population chart

Languages in Mauritius

  • Creole - 86.5% - our local language derived mostly from French 
  • Bhojpuri - 5.3%
  • French - 4.1% 

The remaining 4.1% include English spoken by less than 1 % of the population, Mandarin, Cantonese and various ethnic languages from India: Hindi, Telegu, Malayalam, Marathi, Urdu and Tamil.

Religions of our people

  • Hinduism 48%
  • Roman Catholic 26%
  • Islam 17%
  • Other Christian faiths 6%
  • Buddhists and others 3%

The other Christian faiths include:
Pentecostals, Seventh-day Adventists, Anglicans, Presbyterians, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) evangelicals, Jehovah’s Witnesses and members of the Assemblies of God.

More than 95% of our Muslim people are Sunnis. 

The ratio of males versus females:
The male population is 653 916 and the female 670 594 

Life expectancy at birth:
Male - 71 years
Female - 78 years

Population of Mauritius by age structure

  • 0-14 years: 20.74% - male 141 928 and female 135 918
  • 15-24 years: 15.3% - male 103 549 and female 101 469
  • 25-54 years:  44% - male 294 700 and female 294 863
  • 55-64 years: 11.15 % - male 70 810 and female 78 599
  • 65 years plus:  8.81% - male 47 900 and female 70 091

The age dependency ratio 

It’s the percentage of the working population against those who are not working. Usually under 15 years and over 65 years old. So the productive part of the population is between 15 and 64 years old.

  • Total dependency ratio:  39.8%
  • Youth dependency ratio:  27.1%
  • Elderly dependency ratio:  12.8%
  • Potential support ratio:  7.8%  

Growth rate:
0.64%

Birth rate:
13.29 births / 1,000 population

Death rate:
6.91 deaths / 1,000 population

Changes in our population during 2015 - estimation

51 births on average per day
24 deaths on average per day

The population of Mauritius increases by 26 persons a day.
Space is obviously limited on a small island and the government does not encourage immigration and population growth.

Reference Source 
The CIA world fact book - august 2015


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