Bahrain Population 2017

1,420,819

The estimated population of Bahrain is 1.36 million people. Bahrain is the 155th most populated country in the world.

Bahrain has an estimated population of 1.36 million, up from the official census population of 1.23 million in 2010. Bahrain is very densely populated with 1,627 people per square kilometer (4,213/square mile), which ranks 7th in the world. Bahrain is the 4th most densely populated sovereign state on earth. The only sovereign states that have a greater density are city states. The northern region of Bahrain is so densely populated and urbanized that it is often considered a single massive metro area.

The largest city in Bahrain, and also its capital, is Manama. Manama has a population of about 157,000 people and a metro population of 330,000. It is an important center of trade and business within the Persian Gulf. 89% of the population is currently urbanized, and the annual urbanization rate sits at 1.8% consistently.

Bahrain Demographics

At the 2010 census, Bahrain's 1.2 million population was made up of 568,000 Bahrainis and 666,000 non-nationals. Most of the population is Middle Eastern, although there are many people from South Asia. The largest expatriate community in Bahrain is Indians, numbering about 290,000.

Shia Bahrainis are the majority of the population with two main ethnic groups: Ajam and Baharna. The majority of Shia Bahrainis in the country are Baharna, while the Ajam are ethnic Persian Shias, who have large communities in Muharraq and the capital, Manama.

Sunni Bahrainis are mostly urban Arabs (or al Arab) or Huwala. Urban Arabs in the country are mostly descended from Sunni Arabs from Arabia. They account for the most influential ethnic group in the country with most positions in the government. The Huwala are descended from Sunni Iranians, Sunni Persians and Sunni Arabs.

Arabic remains the predominant language in Bahrain; Persian and Urdu are also spoken, which are the national languages of Iran and Pakistan, respectively. Religious affiliation in Bahrain is currently 70% Islamic mostly Shia Muslim, with a remaining 30% of varying faiths. Native Christianity exists in Bahrain, mainly through the Greek Orthodox Church. While Bahrain is unwilling to accept Syrian refugees at this time, Sri Lanka and Pilipino immigrants have migrated to Bahrain in a consistent manner. Arabian/ Muslim ethnicity remains the primary make-up of the population.

Bahrain Population in 2017Source: Wadiia

Population Data via United Nations WPP (2015 Revision, Medium Variant)

Bahrain Population Growth

Bahrain's population is expected to remain fairly stable over the next few decades and continue its steady 1% annual growth rate.

About Bahrain

Official NameKingdom of Bahrain
Languages SpokenArabic
Borders
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude2650.55
Currencies UsedBHD

Bahrain Population Density

Name Population
Al Hadd12,797
Jidd Hafs31,735
Sitrah37,657
Madinat `Isa38,090
Madinat Hamad52,718
Dar Kulayb65,466
Ar Rifa'79,550
Al Muharraq97,458
Manama147,074

Bahrain Population Clock

What is the population of Bahrain (as of September 13, 2017)?1,420,819
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)1418895
Births Per Day10
Deaths Per Day2
Net Migrations Per Day 18
Net Change Per Day 26
Population Change Since January 1st6,630

Bahrain Population Indicators

IndicatorValueWorld Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 13.324 births/thousand135
Crude Death Rate 2.445 deaths/thousand198
Crude Net Migration Rate 4.61 people/thousand14
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 76.987 years62
Male Life Expectancy 76.166 years51
Female Life Expectancy 78.062 years92
Total Fertility Rate 1.989 children/woman124
Net Reproduction Rate 0.957 surviving daughters/woman121
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.039 males per female154
Infant Mortality Rate 6.094 deaths/1,000 live births147
Under Five Mortality 8.205 deaths/thousand146
Mean Age at Childbearing 30.778 years39
Rate of Natural Increase 10.599 109
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 2.324 %43
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 2.69 %41
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 1.766 %51
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 7.612 %38
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 8.297 %26
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 6.542 %50
Crude Suicide Rate 7.2 suicides/thousand91
Median Age (Total) 32.1 years94
Median Age (Female) 29.3 years114
Median Age (Male) 33.5 years77

Bahrain Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
20171,418,89561.932%38.068%186661.64%152
20151,377,23761.98%38.02%181271.41%152
20101,261,31962.398%37.602%165973.48%154
2005867,01360.078%39.922%114098.17%157
2000666,85557.183%42.817%877124.12%161
1995563,73057.59%42.41%741122.82%162
1990495,94457.702%42.298%652122.73%163
1985419,42557.148%42.852%551133.3%163
1980359,90258.447%41.553%473143.88%164
1975266,68655.89%44.11%350176.23%168
1970213,10254.022%45.978%280243.55%172
1965187,34754.697%45.304%246252.34%172
1960162,50153.558%46.442%213263.28%172
1955133,65353.275%46.725%175304.16%172
1950115,61353.728%46.272%152321.12%172

Bahrain Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
20201,486,11161.949%38.051%195561.26%152
20251,570,59061.611%38.389%206660.95%152
20301,641,65661.216%38.784%216060.8%152
20351,704,89960.865%39.135%224360.69%153
20401,758,92660.562%39.438%231460.5%152
20451,796,54760.195%39.805%236360.33%152
20501,821,83359.885%40.115%239760.19%152
20551,834,09959.62%40.38%241360.05%154
20601,834,30359.383%40.617%24136-0.07%154
20651,823,79759.145%40.855%23996-0.18%153
20701,804,57258.887%41.113%23746-0.26%153
20751,778,10258.57%41.43%23396-0.34%153
20801,746,12558.171%41.829%22976-0.39%153
20851,710,77657.696%42.304%22517-0.43%154
20901,674,14157.193%42.807%22027-0.44%154
20951,637,76456.733%43.267%21548-0.44%154
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations