Singapore Demographics Population Religion Percentage by City Immigrants

Last Modified: February 1, 2019 at 3:30 pm

Singapore Demographics Population Religion Percentage 2019

The demographics of Singapore include the population statistics of Singapore such as population density, Singapore Demographics Population Religion Percentage 2017 ethnicity, education level, health of the populace, economic status, religious affiliations and other demographic data of the population.

As of January 2017, the island's population stood at 5.75 million. A large percentage of its population are non-residents; of its total population of 5.47 million in 2014, 3.87 million were residents (citizens plus permanent residents), 1.6 million non-residents. It is the second densest sovereign state in the world, after the microstate Monaco. Singapore is a multiracial and multicultural country with ethnic Chinese (76.2% of the citizen population), indigenous Malays (15.0%), and ethnic Indians (7.4%) making up the majority of the population. There are also Eurasians in Singapore. The Malays are recognised as the indigenous community. Since independence the demographics of Singapore are broadly organised under the CMIO (Chinese-Malay-Indian-Other) system of categorisation.


Singapore demographics Population by Religion

The main religions of Singapore are Buddhism and Daoism, Islam, Christianity, and Hinduism, with a significant number who profess no religion.

Singapore generally allows religious freedom, although the authorities restrict or ban some religious sects (such as Jehovah's Witnesses, due to their opposition to National Service). The majority of Malays are Muslim, the plurality of Chinese practise Buddhism and syncretic Chinese folk traditions. Christianity is growing among the Chinese, having overtaken Taoism as second most important religion in the 2000 census among this ethnic group as more Chinese increasingly described themselves as Buddhists rather than Taoist. Indians are mostly Hindus though many are Muslims, Sikhs, and Christians. People who practise no religion form the third-largest group in Singapore.

Religion in Singapore (census 2015)

  Buddhism (33.2%)

  Taoism and folk religion (10.0%)

  None (18.5%)

  Christianity (18.8%)

  Islam (14.0%)

  Hinduism (5.0%)

  Sikhism and other (0.6%)

 Singapore demographics Population by Immigrants

The population of Singapore can be divided into two categories of people according to the permanency of their stay: Citizens (including naturalized citizens) and permanent residents are referred to as “residents,” while immigrants who are in Singapore temporarily (such as students and certain workers) are considered “non-residents.” Permanent residents (PRs), while typically immigrants as well, have been granted the right to reside permanently in Singapore and are entitled to most of the rights and duties of citizens, including eligibility for government-sponsored housing and mandatory military service for young adult males, though not the right to vote in general elections.


The non-resident population increased at an unprecedented pace in the first decade of the 21st century, according to the 2010 Singapore census. During this period, it accounted for 25.7 percent of the total population, up from 18.7 percent in the previous decade (Table 1). As of 2010, the non-resident population stood at 1,305,011 out of a total population of 5,076,732.

 Singapore demographics Population by Race

Ethnic groups in Singapore (2013)

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Singapore Population by City







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