Demographics of the Federated States of Micronesia

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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 Pingelap is genetically notable for the prevalence of the extreme form of color blindness known as maskun.[1][2][3]

CIA World Factbook demographic statistics[edit]

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.

Population: 133,144 (July 2000 est.)

Age structure:
0-14 years: NA
15-64 years: NA
65 years and over: NA

Population growth rate: -0.11% (2006 est.)

Birth rate: 27.09 births/1,000 population (2000 est.)

Death rate: 5.95 deaths/1,000 population (2000 est.)

Net migration rate: 11.65 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2000 est.)

Infant mortality rate: 33.48 deaths/1,000 live births (2000 est.)

Life expectancy at birth:
total population: 68.63 years
male: 66.67 years
female: 70.62 years (2000 est.)

Total fertility rate: 3.83 children born/woman (2000 est.)

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

Ethnic groups: Chuukese 48.8%, Pohnpeian 24.2%, Yapese 9.7%, Kosraean 6.2%, other 11.1%

Religions: Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 47%, other and none 3% (see Religion in the Federated States of Micronesia)

Languages: English (official and common language), Trukese, Pohnpeian, Yapese, Kosraean (recognized at state level in Chuuk, Pohnpei, Yap and Kosrae respectively) In addition other language such as Pingelapese, Ngatikese, Satawalese, Puluwatese, Mortlockese, Mokilese, Ulithian, Woleaian, Nukuoro, and Kapingamarangi are recognized.[4]

definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 89%
male: 91%
female: 88% (1980 est.)


  1. ^ Morton, N.E.; Hussels, I.E.; Lew, R.; Little, G.F. (1972). "Pingelap and Mokil Atolls: historical genetics". American Journal of Human Genetics. 24 (3): 277–289. PMC 1762283. PMID 4537352.
  2. ^ Hussels, I.E.; Mortons, N.E. (1972). "Pingelap and Mokil Atolls: achromatopsia". American Journal of Human Genetics. 24 (3): 304–309. PMC 1762260. PMID 4555088.
  3. ^ The Island of the Colorblind
  4. ^ Central Intelligence Agency. "The World Factbook". Micronesia, Federated States of. Retrieved 19 April 2016.