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Cook Islands: People & Society#

Population9,556 (July 2016 est.)
note: the Cook Islands' Ministry of Finance & Economic Management estimated the resident population to have been 12,000 in December 2015
Nationalitynoun: Cook Islander(s)
adjective: Cook Islander
Ethnic groupsCook Island Maori (Polynesian) 81.3%, part Cook Island Maori 6.7%, other 11.9% (2011 est.)
LanguagesEnglish (official) 86.4%, Cook Islands Maori (Rarotongan) (official) 76.2%, other 8.3%
note: shares sum to more than 100% because some respondents gave more than one answer on the census (2011 est.)
ReligionsProtestant 62.8% (Cook Islands Christian Church 49.1%, Seventh Day Adventist 7.9%, Assemblies of God 3.7%, Apostolic Church 2.1%), Roman Catholic 17%, Mormon 4.4%, other 8%, none 5.6%, no response 2.2% (2011 est.)
Age structure0-14 years: 21.61% (male 1,093/female 972)
15-24 years: 17.2% (male 877/female 767)
25-54 years: 38.08% (male 1,822/female 1,817)
55-64 years: 11.34% (male 584/female 500)
65 years and over: 11.76% (male 554/female 570) (2016 est.)
Median agetotal: 35.9 years
male: 35.3 years
female: 36.4 years (2016 est.)
Population growth rate-2.88% (2016 est.)
Birth rate14.1 births/1,000 population (2016 est.)
Death rate8.3 deaths/1,000 population (2016 est.)
Urbanizationurban population: 74.5% of total population (2015)
rate of urbanization: 0.88% annual rate of change (2010-15 est.)
Sex ratioat birth: 1.04 male(s)/female
0-14 years: 1.12 male(s)/female
15-24 years: 1.14 male(s)/female
25-54 years: 1 male(s)/female
55-64 years: 1.17 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.97 male(s)/female
total population: 1.07 male(s)/female (2016 est.)
Infant mortality ratetotal: 13.5 deaths/1,000 live births
male: 16.3 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 10.4 deaths/1,000 live births (2016 est.)
Life expectancy at birthtotal population: 75.8 years
male: 73 years
female: 78.8 years (2016 est.)
Total fertility rate2.21 children born/woman (2016 est.)
Health expenditures3.4% of GDP (2014)
Physicians density1.33 physicians/1,000 population (2009)
Drinking water sourceimproved:
urban: 99.9% of population
rural: 99.9% of population
total: 99.9% of population
unimproved:
urban: 0.1% of population
rural: 0.1% of population
total: 0.1% of population (2015 est.)
Sanitation facility accessimproved:
urban: 97.6% of population
rural: 97.6% of population
total: 97.6% of population
unimproved:
urban: 2.4% of population
rural: 2.4% of population
total: 2.4% of population (2015 est.)
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rateNA
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDSNA
HIV/AIDS - deathsNA
Obesity - adult prevalence rate50% (2014)
Education expenditures4% of GDP (2015)
School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education)total: 15 years
male: 14 years
female: 17 years (2014)