The population of Moldova in 2003 was estimated by the United Nations at 4,267,000, which placed it as number 116 in population among the 193 nations of the world. In that year approximately 9% of the population was over 65 years of age, with another 24% of the population under 15 years of age. There were 92 males for every 100 females in the country in 2003. According to the UN, the annual population growth rate for 2000–2005 is -0.11%, with the projected population for the year 2015 at 4,206,000. The population density in 2002 was 126 per sq km (327 per sq mi).
It was estimated by the Population Reference Bureau that 46% of the population lived in urban areas in 2001. The capital city, Chis¸inau, had a population of 655,000 in that year. Tiraspol had an estimated 184,000 people; Balti (Beltsy), 162,000; and Tighina, 132,000. According to the United Nations, the urban population growth rate for 2000–2005 was 0.3%.