The Malta Independent 26 June 2022, Sunday

Malta’s population has around three working age adults for every person aged over 65

Sabrina Zammit Wednesday, 22 June 2022, 13:49 Last update: about 3 days ago

There were around three working age adults for every person over the age of 65 in 2020, according to the latest regional statistics published by the National Statistics Office. 

The highest old-age dependency ratio was recorded in the Southern Harbour district with 35.8 per cent, with the least being recorded in the Northern Harbour district with 21.2 per cent. 

The elderly community was also recorded to have increased the most in terms of population category, while the population of between 10 and 19 years registered the largest decrease. 


When it comes to foreigners who are living in Malta, the largest demographic increase was in those between 30 and 39 years of age. 

The natural population change of Malta increased in an uninterrupted manner between 2014 and 2020. However, during all six years the number of people living in the Southern Harbour region always decreased. 

When it comes to Gozo and Comino the natural population also increased in a nearly uninterrupted manner, with the exception to this being in 2015. 

In total for 2020, the population for Malta was recorded at 481,537, whilst that for Gozo and Comino was recorded at 34,563 persons, with the highest population category for Malta, Gozo and Comino being in their thirties. 

A total of 1,157 marriages were registered in Malta for 2020, meaning that there was a drop of around 1,517 marriages when compared with the previous year. The majority of marriage registration decrease happened in Malta with 1,424 whilst there were only 93 less in Gozo. 

The most popular number of persons per household was recorded at two for the year of 2020, for all regions, including Gozo and Comino. 

When it comes to average household disposable income the highest recorded was in the western district with €38,365, whilst the lowest was recorded in the Northern Harbour district at €28,318. 

The total rate of people at risk of poverty in Malta was recorded at 17.2 per cent for Malta and 12.9 per cent in Gozo and Comino.

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