Named in honor of King Louis XV, Port Louis is a historic colonial town. Its busy port, along with tourism and manufacturing, drives the country’s economy. Port Louis is the largest port facility in the Indian Ocean region as well one of Africa’s leading financial centers.
Research website numbeo ranks Port Louis in the bottom 13% compared to the 250 cities evaluated on its overall quality of life index at June 2020. Port Louis scored poorly on index factors such as traffic commute time (off-the-chart slowest), purchasing power (weakest 4%), safety (most dangerous 23%), health care (worst 24%) and pollution (highest 24%). On the positive side, Port Louis rated relatively well on climate (top 28%) and cost of living (lowest 46%).
Port Louis offers tourists four casinos, the biggest of which is the Caudan Waterfront Casino at the Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel. Other gambling establishments in Port Louis are Le Grand Casino du Domaine, L’Amicale Casino and the Senator Club.
Port Louis was recognized by the Guinness World Records as the destination when the first females rowed the Indian Ocean from Geraldton, Western Australia in 58 days 15 hours and 8 minutes arriving on June 25, 2009. The women were part of a team of 8 rowers.
From an international trade perspective, Mauritius exported an estimated US$1.87 billion worth of products in 2019. Its most valuable exports include prepared or preserved fish and caviar (13.5% of Mauritius’ global total), sugar (10.2%), unknitted and non-crocheted men’s shirts (6.9%), knitted or crocheted t-shirts (6.2%), frozen fish (5%), unmounted diamonds (4.9%), and women’s suits, jackets, dresses and skirts (2.5%) according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Port Louis, Mauritius: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Citadel Fort Adelaide, Bank of Mauritius Tower, Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre and Caudan Waterfront Casino
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Port Louis, Mauritius.
- Jean Roussel, composer, arranger & record producer (born 1951)
- Michael Medor, Olympic lightweight boxer (born May 23, 1982)
- Stéphano Honoré (aka Menwar), singer & percussionist (born Oct. 21, 1955)
- Gilles Marquet, Olympic swimmer (born Jan. 11, 1994)
- Ram Ruhee, Olympic committee & FIFA executive (born Oct. 12, 1927)
- Michael Macaque, Olympic super-heavyweight boxer (born Aug. 15, 1974)
- Elodie Li Yuk Lo, Olympic beach volleyball (born Sep. 29, 1982)
- Arvin Boolello, former foreign minister (born May 26, 1953)
- Frederick Ireland, cricket player (born Apr. 6, 1860)
- Herbert Rawson, soccer player/footballer (born Sep. 3, 1852)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a resident of Port Louis: Mauritian
Population: 155,226 (Port Louis) at August 13, 2020
Density: 8,624 people per square mile (3,324 per square kilometer)
Population: 1,272,025 (Mauritius) at August 13, 2020
Density: 626 people per square mile (1,623 per square kilometer)
Median age for all Mauritius: 37.5 years old
GDP: US$31.7 billion in 2019 (Mauritius)
GDP per person:$24,996
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Port Louis were unavailable.
Official currency used in Port Louis: Mauritian rupee
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data).
Central Intelligence Agency, The World Factbook Africa: Mauritius.
Central Intelligence Agency, The World Factbook Field Listing: Major Urban Areas – Population.
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition.
Guinness World Records, First female to row the Indian Ocean.
International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Databases.
International Trade Centre, Trade Map.
Numbeo, Quality of Life Index by City.
Official Government Website, Republic of Mauritius.
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags.
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Port Louis.
Wikipedia, Port Louis District.
Wikipedia, Capital Districts and Territories.
WorldOMeter, Mauritius Population.
Mauritius won its independence from the United Kingdom on March 12, 1968. Mauritians celebrate each March 12 as their Independence Day alternatively called Republic Day.
Port Louis’ land area measures 18 square miles (46.7 square kilometers) home to an estimated population of 155,226 residents at August 13, 2020.
At the country level, Mauritius has a population count of 1.3 million inhabitants as of August 2020. The nation’s total land territory is 784 square miles (2,030 square kilometers).
Population density is more concentrated within the Mauritian capital city Port Louis, averaging 8,624 inhabitants per square mile (3,324 per square kilometer).
Zooming out to the overall land boundaries for Mauritius, population density drops to an average 626 people per square mile (1,623 per square kilometer).