Blantyre Population Data
The 2008 Census results show that the total population was 661,256 people. Women made up 50.2 percent of Blantyre’s population and men represented 50.8 percent. 64 percent of the total population was under the age of 25. Such a young pattern with large numbers of youth coming of age has sobering implications for future population growth and development. Children under the age of 5 made up 16 percent of the population. 37 percent of the population was children of schooling age, which in Blantyre are children between the ages of 3 and 17. Women of reproductive age comprised 52 percent of the female population. 59 percent of the total population was in the labor force. The elderly population made up 2 percent of the population.
The graph below shows the projected populations according to low, medium, and high growth rate scenarios. It is expected that by 2015, assuming a medium growth rate of 4.1 percent, the population will be 881,074 people.