As of 2006 the population stood just over 604,000. The city has many districts known as Areas. Areas are numbered, and range from one to fifty or more as the city grows - the City Centre is not numbered. The notable areas are;
City Centre- by far the most modern, developed area of Lilongwe. Many banks, diplomatic missions, exclusive hotels, airline offices and international corporate offices are located in City Centre.
Area 2: Old Town (North of A1) - Closest to the city centre; thriving commercial district, frequented primarily by locals; clothing, local food, western-style groceries, car parts, building supplies, vehicle repairs and accessories are available here; home to Lilongwe's main local market, three major mosques, and a sprawling mini-bus station.
Area 3 and Area 9: Old Town (West of A1) - West bank of the Lilongwe river; large, wealthy residential neighborhoods, expatriate bars, nice hotels, western style shopping and restaurants, private expatriate clinics.
Medium to low density residential areas are Areas 6, 12, 11, 43, 10, 44. There are also areas 15, and 18 which are medium to high density. Area 15 in particular has about 250 bangalows and houses the middle-class.
As of early 2007, Lilongwe has experienced a business boom as many businesses are relocating to Lilongwe, many of which were previously in Blantyre.
The city has 2 major football teams competing in the top division. These are Silver Strikers and Civo United, civo being the only lilongwe based team to win the super league title, the other being MDC United who are no longer in the top division.
Lilongwe is a beautiful city which is also very close to the country's top attraction, the Lake Malawi. So many tourists visiting the Lake mostly stop in Lilongwe for a couple of days before heading to the Lake side. There are 3 shopping malls and many grocery and accessory outlets throughout the city, mainly in area 3.
local boy- chill in lilongwe man, go to area 3 and check out the old town. Then check out the city centre, theres alot of clubs down there.
tourist- aight dawg ill check it out.