Jordan Population 2017
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 2017, the population of Jordan is estimated at 9.70 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.
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%.