Jordan Population 2017

9,695,591

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.

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%.

Jordan Population in 2018Source: Khalil N Shawish

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
BordersIRQ, ISR, SAU, SYR
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude3136
Currencies UsedJOD

Jordan Population Density

Name Population
Amman1,275,857
Zarqa792,665
Irbid307,480
Russeifa268,237
Wadi as Sir181,212
'Ajlun125,557
Aqaba95,048
Madaba82,335
As Salt80,189
Ar Ramtha74,901
Mafraq57,118
Ma'an50,350
Al Jubayhah46,834
Sahab40,241
Al Quwaysimah32,396
Jarash27,046
At Tafilah25,429
`Izra22,756
Qir Moav22,581
Karak City21,678
Judita20,000
Aydun18,376
Umm as Summaq18,274
Kurayyimah17,837
`Anjarah17,634
Safi15,200
Al Azraq ash Shamali14,800
At Turrah14,619
Petra14,000
Suf12,942
At Tayyibah12,615
Ash Shajarah11,243
Jawa10,628
Sakhrah10,616
Sakib10,470
`Ayn Jannah9,586
Al Karamah9,384
Al Mazar9,383
Samma8,926
Kafr Asad8,203
Bayt Yafa7,788
Al Quwayrah7,372
`Ayy7,340
Busayra7,154
Kafr Sawm7,152
Hakama7,075
Sal6,896
Malka6,856
Kafr Abil6,333
Dayr Yusuf6,223
Al Hamra'6,211
Saham6,203
Raymun6,082
Waqqas5,678
Al Kittah5,626
Al Bunayyat ash Shamaliyah5,579
Hatim5,542
Kharja5,498
Halawah5,376
Sabha5,315
Kitim5,292
At Tayyibah5,231
Tibnah5,229
Balila5,206
Qumaym5,111

Jordan Population Clock

What is the population of Jordan (as of 11/15/2017)?9,695,591
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)9,702,353
Births Per Day108
Deaths Per Day16
Net Migrations Per Day -141
Net Change Per Day -49
Population Change Since January 1st-15,631

Jordan Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 25.303 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 3.836 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate -6.555 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 74.481 years
Male Life Expectancy 72.841 years
Female Life Expectancy 76.256 years
Total Fertility Rate 3.239 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 1.514 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.054 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 14.96 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 17.388 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 29.815 years
Rate of Natural Increase 21.078
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 4.088%
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 4.498%
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 3.654%
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 12.607%
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 14.377%
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 10.673%
Median Age (Total) 22.3 years
Median Age (Female) 22.7 years
Median Age (Male) 21.9 years

Jordan Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
20179,702,35350.64%49.36%1092.92%
20159,159,30250.67%49.33%1034.98%
20107,182,39051.00%49.00%804.68%
20055,714,11151.59%48.41%642.29%
20005,103,13051.83%48.17%572.22%
19954,572,90452.30%47.70%515.13%
19903,560,58252.39%47.61%404.22%
19852,895,98552.64%47.36%324.05%
19802,374,42252.25%47.75%272.85%
19752,062,91851.70%48.30%233.72%
19701,718,91351.86%48.14%197.95%
19651,172,55052.12%47.88%134.69%
1960932,25752.27%47.73%106.42%
1955682,95252.16%47.84%87.25%
1950481,32151.89%48.11%50.00%

Jordan Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
202010,208,66250.66%49.34%1140.00%
202510,610,24650.79%49.21%1190.77%
203011,122,06350.95%49.05%1240.95%
203511,840,78950.96%49.04%1331.26%
204012,679,81550.89%49.11%1421.38%
204513,470,73350.82%49.18%1511.22%
205014,187,73450.75%49.25%1591.04%
205514,816,14950.69%49.31%1660.87%
206015,363,30650.64%49.36%1720.73%
206515,838,92050.61%49.39%1770.61%
207016,253,94950.60%49.40%1820.52%
207516,606,01650.61%49.39%1860.43%
208016,889,90850.64%49.36%1890.34%
208517,102,70750.67%49.33%1910.25%
209017,242,78050.70%49.30%1930.16%
209517,313,69550.73%49.27%1940.08%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. GeoNames Gazetteer