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Malawi Summary

Population 2000 (NSO-Based Estimate '000) 10,366   Population 2000 (UN '000) 11,308
Area (km2) 94,958   Avg. Input Resolution (km) 3
Number of Administrative Units 9,219   Population Per Administrative Unit ('000) 1
Number of Urban Extents 31   Number of Settlement Points 34

Malawi Details

Continent Africa
Country Name Malawi
Administrative Classifications
Level Used 3.0
Leve1 Type District
Level2 Type Traditional Authority, Sub-Chief, Boma, Ward, National Park, Reserve, Other
Level3 Type Enumeration Area
Number of Units 9,219
Population Per Unit ('000) (2000, estimate) 1
National Population Estimates
Last Year of Reference 1998
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 1990 ('000) 8,407
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 1995 ('000) 9,325
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 2000 ('000) 10,366
UN Population, 1990 ('000) 9,434
UN Population, 1995 ('000) 10,020
UN Population, 2000 ('000) 11,308
National Spatial Estimates
Area (km2) 94,958
Average Input Resolution (km) 3
Settlement Points
Number of Settlement Points 34
Largest Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 510,632
Smallest Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 1,566
Mean Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 48,106
Urban Areal Extents
Number of Urban Extents 31
Largest Urban Extent (km2) 449
Smallest Urban Extent (km2) 8
Mean Urban Extent (km2) 59
Total for All Urban Extent (km2) 1,819
Largest Urban Extent (population, 2000) 714,637
Smallest Urban Extent (population, 2000) 5,454
Mean Urban Extent (population, 2000) 60,686
Total for All Urban Extent (population, 2000) 1,881,265
% Total Land Area in Urban Extents (km2) 2%
% Total Population in Urban Extents (2000, estimate) 16%
% Total Population that is Urban (2001, UN World Urbanization Prospects) 15%
Urban Areal Extents, by Source
Nighttime Lights Data 19
Regression-estimated Extents 19
Digital Chart of the World 0
Other 0
Administrative Population Source Data:
Census Enumerator Area (EA) population data source (1998): National Statistical Office, Zomba, Malawi: 1998. Malawi Population and Housing Census International Food Policy Research Institute, provided EA shape files with 1998 population data. District intercensal growth rate source from the 1998 Population and Housing Census: Analytical Report, Table 1.2: National Statistical Office of Malawi
Administrative Boundary Source Data:
Census Enumerator Area (EA) boundaries provided by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) of Harvard University
Settlement Point Population Source Data:
AFCities, Data provided by Uwe Deichman at the World Bank; City Population,;World Gazetteer,
Settlement Point Coordinate Source Data:
AFCities, NIMA, World Gazetteer
Urban Criteria for Settlements (UN):
All townships, town planning areas and district centres.
Administrative Population Edits and Notes:
District level Intercensal growth rates (1987-98) were applied to the EA units to project population to the target years.
Administrative Spatial Edits and Notes:
A polygon was digitized from the eastern shore of Lake Malawi to the northern part of the country in order to avoid loss of islands and prevent the aggregation of population to the lake.