Largest Cities in Macau

Facts about Macau

Official languages: Chinese, Chinese, Portuguese
Area: 254 km²
Population: 449,198 residents
Population density: 1,768.50 residents per km²
Currency: MOP
Internet TLD: .mo
ISO codes: MO, MAC, 446
The telephone code for Macau is +853

According to Abbreviation Finder, Macau (often also Macao, Chinese 澳門 / 澳门, Pinyin Àomén; Portuguese Macau) is a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China located about 50 kilometers west of Hong Kong. It was a Portuguese colony until 1999.
Macau is rich in colonial attractions. The main sources of income are legal gambling there and the associated tourism from Hong Kong and mainland China, which is why Macau is often referred to as the Monte Carlo of the East or Las Vegas of the East. The gaming turnover in Macau is seven times higher than in Las Vegas. The growth of the Chinese middle class and the resulting tourism have sparked a rapid economic boom in Macau.

If counted as an independent state, Macau would be one of the richest countries in the world.


Total population 614.458
Population growth rate 0.64%
Birth rate 8.60 births per 1,000 population
Life expectancy
Overall 84.46 years
Men 81.50 years
Women 87.56 years
Age structure
0-14 years 13.92%
15-64 years 74.92%
65 years and above 11.16%
Median age 38.20 years
Gender ratio 0.91 M / F
Population density 21,944.93 residents per km²
Urbanization 98.90%
469,903 (S 2003, source CIA World Factbook)
92.4% Chinese, 0.6% Portuguese, 0.6% mixed, 5.9% others, including Macanese (Portuguese & Asian origin)
Buddhists 50% Catholics (Roman Catholic) 15% no religious affiliation and other 35% (1997 estimates)
Human Development Index (HDI)
HDI ranking

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