The population of Samoa in 2003 was estimated by the United Nations at 177,000, which placed it as number 173 in population among the 193 nations of the world. In that year approximately 5% of the population was over 65 years of age, with another 41% of the population under 15 years of age. There were 109 males for every 100 females in the country in 2003. According to the UN, the annual population growth rate for 2000–2005 is 0.97%, with the projected population for the year 2015 at 203,000. The population density in 2002 was 60 per sq km (156 per sq mi).
It was estimated by the Population Reference Bureau that 22% of the population lived in urban areas in 2001. Apia, the capital city and only major town, had a population of 38,000 in that year. According to the United Nations, the urban population growth rate for 2000–2005 was 3.2%.