The Mid-Year Population Estimates 2018 of Brunei Darussalam was 442 thousand and 400 compared to 429 thousand and 500 in 2017. This represented a growth rate of 3.0 per cent. The Department of Economic Planning and Development (JPKE) disclosed the growth through the Report of the Mid-Year Population Estimates 2018. The population estimates presents the key demographic characteristics of Brunei Darussalam's mid-year population in 2018. The compilation for the estimates is based on the final data of the Population and Housing Census Update (KBPP) 2016 and incorporating the major components of population change, that is births and deaths for natural increase and net migration.

The reports shows the population is made up of 233,400 males or 52.8 per cent and 209,000 females which is 47.2 per cent. The gender ratio was 112 males for every 100 females. Out of the overall total population in 2018, Brunei Citizens accounted for the largest share of 74.0 per cent or 327,400, while the shares of the Permanent Residents and Temporary Residents were 7.5 per cent or 33,200 and 18.5 per cent or 81,800 respectively. Brunei Muara District was the most populated district with 69.4 per cent or 307,000 of the total population. This was followed by the Belait District with 16.5 per cent or 73,200, the Tutong District with 11.6 per cent or 51,300, and the Temburong District with 2.5 per cent or 10,900.

From the age distribution aspect, about 20.7 per cent or 91,600 of the population were below 15 years of age, 74.7 per cent or 330,600 people were in the working age group of 15 to 64 years and 4.6 per cent or 20,200 were aged 65 years and over. The median age in 2018 was 30.4 years compared to 30.3 years in 2017. The Malays with 65.7 per cent or (290,700 of the total population formed the largest community in the country. The racial groups of Chinese and others comprised 10.3 per cent or 45,600 and 24.0 per cent or 106,100 of the population respectively.

For the 2018 estimates, improvements in compilation approach, particularly for net migration were made using relevant administrative data from the Immigration and National Registration Department, Ministry of Home Affairs, and the Department of Schools, Ministry of education, to replace the Linear Growth approach which was adopted previously. The mid-year population estimates for the year 2017 has also now been revised. Members of the public who wish to obtain the report can refer to the Department of Economic Planning and Development (JPKE).

Source: Radio Television Brunei