Jordan Population 2018

9,940,538

Jordan, officially the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, is an Arab kingdom in the Middle East bordered by Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Israel, and Palestine. This desert country came into existence after WWII when West Asia was divided and it gained independence in 1946. In 2018, the population of Jordan is estimated at 9.90 million, which makes it the 100th most populous nation.

In its early history, the area was inhabited by many Semitic Cannanite-speaking kingdoms and it has been controlled by many empires, including the Akkadian Empire, Ancient Egypt, the Hittite Empire and Israelites.

The capital and largest city of Jordan is Amman, which has about 4 million people. Amman is one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities and one of the most liberal in the Arab world. Amman has a population density of 3,143 people per square kilometer (8,140/square mile). The population density of Jordan as a whole is 75 people per square kilometer (187/square mile), which ranks 132nd.

Jordan Demographics

Today, the 95-97% of Jordanians are Arabs, but there are many other ethnic groups in Jordan. There are about 500,000 Iraqis, and over 500,000 Syrian refugees have moved to Jordan to escape violence in the last two years. Assyrian Christians make up 0.8% of the population, most of whom are Eastern Aramaic speaking refugees. Here are 30,000 Kurds, most of which are refugees from Turkey, Iran and Iraq, and about 5,000 Armenians. Jews were once prevalent in the country but now number just 300.

In 2007, there were up to 1 million Iraqis in the country. Since the Iraq War, many Iraqi Christians have moved to Jordan and number up to 500,000. There are also about 500,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan. In 2008, Jordan was home to 1.95 million Palestinian refugees, most of whom were Jordanian citizens. Jordan later revoked citizenship of thousands of Palestinians to keep them from resettling West Bank residents.

It's estimated that there are 1.2 million illegal migrant workers and 500,000 legal migrant workers in Jordan, and thousands of foreign women come to work in the nightclubs and hotels.

Muslims account for 82% of Jordan's population, 93% of which are Sunni Muslims. This is the highest percentage of Sunni Muslims in the world. There is a Christian minority of about 6%.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 2 minutes
One death every 14 minutes
One net migrant every Infinity minutes
Net gain of one person every 3 minutes

Jordan Population in 2018Source: By David Bjorgen [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY-SA 2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], from Wikimedia Commons

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

Jordan Population Growth

Jordan is currently experiencing rapid growth with an annual growth rate of 2.2%. It's estimated that Jordan's population will continue its growth until it reaches 9.9 million in 2050.

About Jordan

Official NameHashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Languages SpokenArabic
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude3136
Currencies UsedJordan Dinar
DemonymJordanian

Countries Bordering Jordan

Iraq
Israel
Saudi Arabia
Syria

Jordan Population Density

Jordan Top 20 Cities by Population

Name Population
Amman1,275,857
Zarqa792,665
Irbid307,480
Russeifa268,237
Wadi as Sir181,212
'Ajlun125,557
Aqaba95,048
Rukban85,000
Madaba82,335
As Salt80,189
Ar Ramtha74,901
Mafraq57,118
Ma'an50,350
Al Jubayhah46,834
Sahab40,241
Hayy al Quwaysimah32,396
Jarash27,046
At Tafilah25,429
`Izra22,756
Qir Moav22,581

Jordan Population Clock

The population of Jordan (as of 9/2/2018)?9,940,538
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2018)9,903,802
Births Per Day676
Deaths Per Day102
Net Migrations Per Day
Net Change Per Day 574
Population Change Since January 1st140,630

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Estimate as of September 2nd 2018 is: 9,932,453

Jordan Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20189,903,80250.64%49.36%110.85912.08%
20179,702,35350.64%49.36%108.60922.61%
20169,455,80250.65%49.35%105.84933.24%
20159,159,30250.67%49.33%102.52934.98%
20107,182,39051.00%49.00%80.391014.68%
20055,714,11151.59%48.41%63.961062.29%
20005,103,13051.83%48.17%57.121092.22%
19954,572,90452.30%47.70%51.181125.13%
19903,560,58252.39%47.61%39.851214.22%
19852,895,98552.64%47.36%32.411264.05%
19802,374,42252.25%47.75%26.581312.85%
19752,062,91851.70%48.30%23.091313.72%
19701,718,91351.86%48.14%19.241347.95%
19651,172,55052.12%47.88%13.121404.69%
1960932,25752.27%47.73%10.431416.42%
1955682,95252.16%47.84%7.641447.25%
1950481,32151.89%48.11%5.391480.00%

Jordan Population by Year (Projections)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
202010,208,66250.66%49.34%114.26890.00%
202510,610,24650.79%49.21%118.76880.77%
203011,122,06350.95%49.05%124.49880.95%
203511,840,78950.96%49.04%132.53861.26%
204012,679,81550.89%49.11%141.92861.38%
204513,470,73350.82%49.18%150.78851.22%
205014,187,73450.75%49.25%158.80831.04%
205514,816,14950.69%49.31%165.84830.87%
206015,363,30650.64%49.36%171.96830.73%
206515,838,92050.61%49.39%177.28830.61%
207016,253,94950.60%49.40%181.93840.52%
207516,606,01650.61%49.39%185.87840.43%
208016,889,90850.64%49.36%189.05840.34%
208517,102,70750.67%49.33%191.43820.25%
209017,242,78050.70%49.30%193.00820.16%
209517,313,69550.73%49.27%193.79810.08%
Data Sources
  1. Department of Statistics
  2. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the 1961, 1972, 1975, 1979, 1994, 2004 and 2015 censuses, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration. Official estimates through 2011 from the Jordanian Department of Statistics were also taken into account.

  3. GeoNames Gazetteer