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Singapore population sets historic record with 5.92 million in 2023

Singapore’s government has shed light on the nation’s population dynamics, revealing a significant increase to 5.92 million in 2023, marking a 5% growth from the prior year.

This rise not only recovers the dips experienced during COVID-19 but also surpasses the 2019 figure of 5.7 million. As per the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), this 2023 figure sets a new record for Singapore.



Singapore has witnessed its population soar to an unprecedented 5.92 million, marking a 5% growth compared to the previous year.

This rise not only compensates for the decreases experienced during the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic but also surpasses the pre-pandemic 2019 figure of 5.7 million.

In a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), it was noted, “The total population as of June 2023 is the highest ever registered in Singapore’s history.”

This significant data was disclosed in the “Population in Brief” annual report on Friday (29 Sep), curated by the National Population and Talent Division under the PMO.

A deeper dive into these numbers reveals:

  • Residents: Of the 5.92 million, a considerable 4.15 million are residents.
  • Non-residents: The remaining 1.77 million, encompassing the foreign workforce, their dependants, and international students, fall under the non-resident category.
  • Singaporean Citizens: Making up a substantial chunk of the total, 3.61 million or 61% are Singaporean citizens, registering a 1.6% increase from the previous year.
  • Permanent Residents (PRs): The PR demographic has climbed by 3.7%, totaling 538,600 as of June 2023.

A significant reason for the ascension in both citizen and PR counts is attributed to the relaxation of COVID-19 travel restrictions, which prompted many overseas citizens and PRs to return home.

However, the non-resident population witnessed a more considerable surge of 13.1% to stand at 1.77 million.

This segment saw growth across all work permit categories. Most prominently, sectors like construction, marine shipyard, and processing industries reported a maximum influx.

Companies across various industries also onboarded more foreign workers, replacing those roles left vacant during the pandemic’s peak.

When we zoom out and look at the bigger picture, considering the significant population dip in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, the average growth rate over the past half-decade mirrors that of the five years before it.

A year-by-year breakdown reveals:

  • 2021 saw the population shrink to 5.45 million due to international border closures.
  • A mild recovery in 2022 pushed this figure to 5.64 million.
  • The current 2023 count rests at a record 5.92 million.

Comparatively, between 2013 and 2018, Singapore’s compound annual population growth rate was at 0.9%. This metric slightly increased to 1% for the period spanning 2018 to 2023.

The report also sheds light on societal metrics:

Ageing population

Singapore’s citizen population aged 65 years and above is rising, and at a faster pace compared to the last decade.

Currently, 61.0% of citizens are aged 20-64 years. This proportion has decreased from 64.9% in 2013. Conversely, the proportion of citizens aged 65 and above has increased from 11.7% in 2013 to 19.1% in 2023. By 2030, around 1 in 4 citizens (24.1%) will be aged 65 & above.

The number of citizens aged 80 and above has also increased by about 70% from 80,000 in 2013 to 136,000 in 2023.

Citizen Marriages Rise in Singapore while Birth Rates Decline in 2022

Singapore witnessed a notable surge in citizen marriages in 2022, registering 24,767 unions, a 5.7% increase from 23,433 in the preceding year. This growth in marriages marks the second consecutive year of increase since 2020.

Analysts speculate that this uptick could largely be attributed to couples resuming their marriage plans that might have been shelved due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, when zooming out to examine long-term marriage trends, the numbers reveal a different story.

The average annual number of citizen marriages over the last five years stood at 22,700, which is marginally lower than the average of 23,600 observed in the prior five-year span.

Additionally, over the past decade, the median age at which citizens are tying the knot has witnessed an incremental rise. As of 2022, first-time grooms typically marry at age 30.5, and brides at 28.8, compared to 30.1 and 27.7, respectively, in 2012.

Adding layers of complexity to the marital landscape, 33% of citizen marriages in 2022 comprised transnational couples, a subtle ascent from 29% in 2021.

It’s worth noting, however, that this figure remains below the pre-pandemic levels reported in 2019. Another steady trend is the proportion of inter-ethnic marriages, which has hovered around the 1-in-6 mark for the past decade.

While marriages experienced a positive trajectory, citizen birth rates did not share the same fortune. In 2022, Singapore recorded 30,429 citizen births, a dip from 31,713 in 2021.

The recent five-year average for births, 31,800, is also marginally less than the average of 32,700 in the five years preceding it.

Mothers, on average, seem to be opting for childbirth a tad later, with the median age of citizen mothers at their first birth rising from 30.1 years in 2012 to 31.3 years a decade later in 2022.

Perhaps the most pressing concern from the demographic data is the plummeting resident total fertility rate (TFR).

Reaching a historic low of 1.04 in 2022, this decline has aligned with cultural patterns, specifically the Year of the Tiger in the Lunar calendar, which traditionally sees lower birth rates within the Chinese community.

Tackling Singapore’s ageing population and declining births

Singapore’s government has emphasized its strategic use of immigration policies as a countermeasure to the challenges posed by an aging population and decreasing birth rates.

By regulating the intake of Permanent Residents (PRs) and new citizens each year, the government suggests that this could potentially help to achieve a balanced demographic and deter a prolonged drop in the citizen populace.

The government outlines that their preference for granting new citizenships is predominantly directed towards individuals who show an ability to assimilate, contribute positively, and demonstrate a solid commitment to Singapore.

According to the official narrative, a significant portion of these new citizens often already have established connections to the country, be it through familial ties, such as marriage, or having resided, worked, or studied in Singapore for considerable durations.

Delving deeper into the citizenship process, as depicted by the authorities, all new adult citizens typically transition from the existing pool of PRs, as acquiring permanent residency is framed as an essential step before full citizenship.

There’s a specific emphasis on an exception: a select group of new citizens, mainly minors, who gain citizenship without the PR intermediary step.

Officially, these are often children of current citizens, some of whom might be born overseas, or those who are listed as dependents in their parents’ citizenship applications.

In championing the nation’s dedication to demographic equilibrium, the government points to a stable PR population, which consistently remains around the half-million mark.

Notably, according to official figures, most of these PRs fall within the 25 to 59 age bracket, arguably the most economically productive age group.

On the topic of immigration rates, the year 2022, as described by official sources, witnessed a steady and noteworthy influx: 23,082 individuals gained citizenship, and 34,493 were awarded PR status.

These figures, which are slightly higher than those before the pandemic in 2019, are framed by the government as an outcome of the backlog due to COVID-19-induced travel curbs and safety regulations.

As the narrative goes, many 2020 and 2021 applicants had their in-person interviews and processing for citizenship or PR delayed. But with the relaxing of measures, these processes resumed in 2022, causing the reported increase.

A highlighted element of the 2022 immigration data, as presented by the authorities, is that about 5.5% of the new Singaporean Citizens, translating to roughly 1,280 individuals, were labeled as “citizens by descent,” being children born abroad to Singaporean parents.

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Not being xenophobic here but are we sure they’re giving us the correct figure or manipulated figures including new citizens and PRs and whatever they consider is right? Because here Indian can become Malay and lots of air bending with information.


1) Increase GST
2) Increase COE
3) Increase ERP
4) Increase Water Bills
5) Increase Electricity Prices
6) Free Foreign Scholarshisp
7) Tan Mah Sick Losses
8) High Salaries for Mini-Stars

Of course its good (sillyporeans are the ones paying) tsk tsk tsk. What do you think?

New talents to Singapore can only help Singapore to progress. Don’t be so selfish to bar talents coming to Singapore!

Singapore – the revolving-door nation, er sorry, I mean corporation. Where you come, work, earn the mighty Singdollar, cash out, and retire somewhere else. You will not be missed, and that’s ok. There’ll be many others who will replace you and the ‘managers’ of this corporation will make sure of that. Just enjoy your retirement.

Let the fools who still think it’s a nation sacrifice their lives for it.

No use getting angry. Most idiits voted for this shit.

Singapore is being run this way since your ancestry migrated here as so called FT or labour. What’s the point of calling yourself true blue Singaporean but your roots are elsewhere. Hence, stop this nonsense of rejecting and despising foreigners. As said, not happy you are always free to leave, nobody is holding you back. Few of the maverick has left and are they being missed? Your position and vacancy can easily be backfilled by better people, and we are sure you will be erased from Singapore history. Let’s do it, don’t day in day out complaining and making noises… Read more »

Now that we have so many foreigners in the country. Perhaps it is time to outsource some of the part-time seatwarmer MPs of the ruling party to foreigners as well. It bet they will be willing to work Full-Time and at just half the salary.

The whole cohort here got to be replaced by better people.

The more foreigners the better, the morerr income for the pappies…

I can’t wait for the 61 cotton lovers lost their jobs to them….

Lets see..

Which country in this whole world pump in more than 10% population in a short space of 2 years or so like what packed Singapore did?

From around 5.3m+ population to 5.92m while building construction facing strains. No wonder prices of hones shot up as high as 30% to 80% and rental going up by 100% is not unheard of

Comments so much for what. Nobody gives a damn shit of what is written here. Just fart noises.

How many are new immigrants?

5.92 million? Why not 59.2 million or more? We can increase tax revenues, boost demand for goods and services, increase property values(I can’t wait for my 4-room flat to be valued at SGD4+million), vastly expand the pool of available foreign talent (preferably from countries with weaker currencies), inflate COE prices to SGD200K and above…..the sky’s the limit. Think big, people.

The statistics are tweaked, faked. Sg population was never above 32K at the highest cohort in 1962, average 22K-26K for all the rest. In other words, Sg has brought in a huge number of old folks and massive numbers of immigrants, mostly 80% non-talent to win votes, prevent checks on corruption. Noted the number of folks above 65 yo has increased substantially from 300K to almost 1.2m. This is a disservice to Sg and local Sgpn. Punishment should be made on the authorities involved. The younger population has also increased substantially due to massive immigration. ================================================================== Sg Unique ‘Talent’ Plan… Read more »

I am thinking of submitting a great idea for Nobel prize:

1. Immigrants by definition like a country for them to wanna risk it all and leave their motherland. They are almost impossible not to live the ruling party.

2. Now if we add more new citizens to a population than swing votes, I think we have secured eternity.

Let me know will I get the Nobel prize?

Did they care if you are stuffed with so many foreigners inside the mrt trains during week ends?

Where is the pineapple king that you voted for? tsk tsk tsk….

CB (cuckoo bird) tells me: Obviously they have forgotten the Singapore Pledge. Might as well change it to We, the Foreigners Pledge Ourselves as One United People …blah blah… blah. What do you think?

Thank you CB !!!

I welcome more people coming to Singapore. That means I can increase my rentals and my property investments will go up correspondingly! This is good for us. Don’t know why all these stupid Singaporeans are crying about since all can make money from this !

This further confirms that after voting in the pap endorsed president and elections over, as usual everything goes up in prices and taxes and never comes down

If 1000 switch to WP, we need 2000 new citizens to squash them like tomatoes

This further confirms that we are simply digits to our million$ monkeys. They are only interested in the numbers – THEIR numbers. Any tom, dick and harry can qualify, even as we have seen, money launderers, fake talents, family-member-turned-KTV hostess, entitled FT screaming he paid million$ for his condo, etc. So, nobody is stealing our jobs, hor?

Just wondering at peak of covid, our population shrunk to about 5.3-5.4m. Now magically back to historical high of 5.9m. Additional 500,000+ in just 1+ year, how many did NS?

Desperation, … means embracing skewed and screwed up statistics !!!

No different to bragging about world’s highest “home ownership” per capita, … whence the majority’s on a lease and every would be “purchaser” is a “tenant” of hdb !!!

com’on on these figures…what about the untold numbers??

So many things still not resolve (eg: a dismal news report on our TFR, again), yet the first priority by the Kayu Son is to bring in more population. Probably he knows he only got another 2 years at most to kelong as many imported voters as possible before the the GE. Cannot lose face getting another historical low vote-count in the next GE, hor.

A country which has no resources and with global warming, has to stop allowing the foreign population to grow. Now water, electricity and food costs is rising. Soon even if you have money, countries will not export food as their own supplies reduce. LHL is only thinking about the levies, taxes etc that the govt. collects but there is a depreciation of infrastructure by bringing in too many people. We have no hinterland and all our available land should be used to grow food not more housing. The resident population is also made to pay for additional infrastructure needed by… Read more »

No wonder with so many rich parking their money here, housing prices, COE prices, food prices, etc all shooting up through the roof and making the rich richer, and the richer richest worth billions $$$ while the poor and average struggling with everything

Good ah! More people to Tax. Ideal model is to continue to increase population size. Calibrated way to sound nicer.

Pour more FT in so justified increase of both electricity and water rates on locals.
Song bo, 70%?😆😆😆😆😆😆

Days Are Numbered For Those Convicted For Crimes Against Humanity.

With SG population consists of 40% new citizens, and all is of voting ages, whereas not all of the 60% true blue SG is eligible to vote. So do you think PAP is worried about being votes out?!

That’s why PAP can and dares to increase price of anything and not the slightest worried about retaliation from the true blue SG.

New citizens always out vote country loving Singaporeans.

I support increase of water pricing