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French Polynesia People - 2024


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301,488 (2023 est.)


noun: French Polynesian(s)

adjective: French Polynesian

Ethnic groups

Polynesian 78%, Chinese 12%, local French 6%, metropolitan French 4%


French (official) 73.5%, Tahitian 20.1%, Marquesan 2.6%, Austral languages 1.2%, Paumotu 1%, other 1.6% (2017 est.)

major-language sample(s):
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Protestant 54%, Roman Catholic 30%, other 10%, no religion 6%

Age structure

0-14 years: 20.62% (male 31,923/female 30,250)

15-64 years: 68.79% (male 106,657/female 100,731)

65 years and over: 10.59% (2023 est.) (male 15,567/female 16,360)

2023 population pyramids:

Dependency ratios

total dependency ratio: 45.6

youth dependency ratio: 31.6

elderly dependency ratio: 14

potential support ratio: 7.1 (2021 est.)

Median age

total: 34.8 years (2023 est.)

male: 34.6 years

female: 35.1 years

Population growth rate

0.7% (2023 est.)

Birth rate

13.2 births/1,000 population (2023 est.)

Death rate

5.7 deaths/1,000 population (2023 est.)

Net migration rate

-0.6 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2023 est.)

Population distribution

the majority of the population lives in the Society Islands, one of five archipelagos that includes the most populous island - Tahiti - with approximately 70% of the nation's population


urban population: 62.3% of total population (2023)

rate of urbanization: 0.65% annual rate of change (2020-25 est.)

Major urban areas - population

136,000 PAPEETE (capital) (2018)

Sex ratio

at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female

0-14 years: 1.06 male(s)/female

15-64 years: 1.06 male(s)/female

65 years and over: 0.95 male(s)/female

total population: 1.05 male(s)/female (2023 est.)

Infant mortality rate

total: 4.3 deaths/1,000 live births (2023 est.)

male: 5.2 deaths/1,000 live births

female: 3.4 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth

total population: 78.7 years (2023 est.)

male: 76.4 years

female: 81.1 years

Total fertility rate

1.8 children born/woman (2023 est.)

Gross reproduction rate

0.88 (2023 est.)

Contraceptive prevalence rate


Drinking water source

improved: urban: N/A

rural: N/A

total: 100% of population

unimproved: urban: N/A

rural: N/A

total: 0% of population (2020 est.)

Current health expenditure


Physicians density


Sanitation facility access

improved: urban: N/A

rural: N/A

total: 97% of population

unimproved: urban: N/A

rural: N/A

total: 3% of population (2020 est.)

Children under the age of 5 years underweight


Currently married women (ages 15-49)

27.2% (2023 est.)

Education expenditures



total population: NA

male: NA

female: NA

NOTE: The information regarding French Polynesia on this page is re-published from the 2024 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency and other sources. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of French Polynesia 2024 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about French Polynesia 2024 should be addressed to the CIA or the source cited on each page.

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