Largest Cities in Macau

by | January 20, 2021

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.


Macau’s largest cities are Macau, Taipa, Coloane, and Cotai. Macau is the capital of Macau, and is known for its vibrant nightlife and casinos. It is home to a number of world-famous attractions, including the Ruins of St. Paul’s, Senado Square, and the A-Ma Temple. Taipa is another major city in Macau that features a variety of attractions such as the Grand Prix Museum and Taipa Houses Museum. It also has a number of shopping malls and restaurants that are popular with tourists. Coloane is another major city that is known for its quiet atmosphere and traditional fishing village charm. It also has some excellent beaches such as Hac Sa Beach and Cheoc Van Beach. Finally, Cotai is an artificial island created by reclaiming land between Coloane and Taipa. This area has become well-known for its numerous casinos and luxurious hotels such as The Venetian Macao and City Of Dreams Casino & Resort. There are also a variety of attractions here such as the Macau Giant Panda Pavilion, Adventure Park at Venetian Macao, Kun Iam Statue, The House Of Dancing Water show at City Of Dreams Casino & Resort, Eiffel Tower at Parisian Macao Hotel & Casino, etc., making it an exciting destination for visitors from around the world to explore!

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)
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