The changing demographics of Singapore

There are two main population trends:

1. Rapid increase in population

In the last two decades, total Singapore population increased from around 3 million in 1990 to 5.3 million in 2012.

By 2030 we will have a projected population of 6.9 million.

See 2030 population projections

In 1980, Singapore residents comprised 94.5 percent of the population.

This is projected to be 63.7 percent by 2030.

2. Singapore is greying

In 1990, the median age for Singapore residents was 29.8 years. In 2012, that number jumped to 38.4 years.

Resident population by area and age

Different districts in Singapore have different age dynamics.

Some feel relatively young. Others have greyed rapidly.

How well do you know the districts?

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Which district has the most number of toddlers (aged 0 to 4 years)?

Answer: Punggol. Punggol also has the highest number of people in their 30s.

Which district has the most number of teenagers (aged 15 to 19 years) in Singapore?

Answer: Choa Chu Kang, who also has the highest number of people in their late 40s.

Which districts have the most old people?

Answer: Older districts nearer the city, like Bukit Merah, Queenstown and Kallang.

But even heartland districts like Ang mo Kio and Toa Payoh have aged quite a bit in the last ten years.

Visualization by V/R   |   Data sources: Singstat