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2018 Malawi Population and Housing Census

The 2018 Population and Housing Census (2018 PHC) was conducted by the National Statistical Office (NSO). The 2018 PHC is the sixth in the series having conducted the previous ones in 1966, 1977, 1987, 1998 and 2008. The following reports present the main results of the 2018 Population and Housing Census (PHC) that was conducted from 3 – 23 September 2018 by the National Statistical Office (NSO).  The Census enumeration was successfully conducted by the large teams of enumerators and supervisors after undergoing rigorous training prior to their deployment. The planning and organizational structure put in place ensured good household coverage. The 2018 PHC was the first one to be conducted on the Computer Assisted Personal Interview (CAPI) programme. The data was collected and captured on tablets and transmitted to the NSO server electronically via the internet. This process is very efficient and reduces the time for data processing and cleaning as these processes are done at the data capture stage in the field.

The reports present results of the census: population size, composition and distribution; population characteristics; population dynamics and household and housing characteristics. In January 2018, NSO released the Preliminary Census Report, which provided a general picture of the Malawi Population.

The main report is the second of several reports that will be generated from the census data. These include thematic analysis reports covering interalia fertility; mortality (including maternal mortality); economic characteristics; migration; marital status and nuptiality; household and housing conditions; gender; children and youth; elderly population, population with disability, water and sanitation; education; population projections, and census implementation and methodology. NSO will also produce district monographs, constituency reports, social atlas and census data wheels.

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2018 Population and Housing Census - Main Report

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2018 Population and Housing Census - Preliminary Report

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Thematic Reports Census Published Tables


District Reports

 Northern Region  Central Region  Southern Region









Constituency Reports









  • Machinga
  • Mangochi
  • Chiradzulu
  • Chikwawa
  • Zomba
  • Zomba City
  • Blantyre City
  • Blantyre
  • Mulanje
  • Mwanza
  • Neno
  • Nsanje
  • Phalombe
  • Balaka

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2018 MPHC Main Report

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