The population of Seychelles in 2003 was estimated by the United Nations at 80,000, which placed it as number 181 in population among the 193 nations of the world. In that year approximately 8% of the population was over 65 years of age, with another 29% of the population under 15 years of age. There were 93 males for every 100 females in the country in 2003. According to the UN, the annual population growth rate for 2000–2005 is0.88%, with the projected population for the year 2015 at 88,000. The population density in 2002 was 189 per sq km (489 per sq mi). Eighty percent of the population lives on the island of Mahé.
It was estimated by the Population Reference Bureau that 64% of the population lived in urban areas in 2001. The capital city, Victoria, had a population of 28,000 in that year. According to the United Nations, the urban population growth rate for 2000–2005 was 1.9%.