Kuwait Population 2018


Kuwait, officially the State of Kuwait, is an Arab country at the northeastern edge of the Arabian peninsula. The country has 17,820 square kilometers (6,880 square miles) of land with a 2018 population estimated at 4.20 million, which includes over one million Kuwaitis and more than two million expatriates.

The last official census recording the population of Kuwait occurred in 2005 and showed 2,213,403 million people living in the country with a population density of 200.2 people per square kilometer (518.4 people per square mile). In 2018, the population was estimated at 4.20 million. The capital and largest city in Kuwait is Kuwait City. This global city has a metro population estimated at 4.1 million in 2016.

Expatriates account for about 70% of Kuwait's population, including 1.1 million Arab expatriates and 1.4 million Asian expatriates. The Kuwait government rarely grants citizenship to foreigners to maintain status quo. Kuwait's population is difficult to estimate given the number of non-nationals, and preliminary results of the 2011 census showed the population at 3.1 million, including 1.1 million citizens and 2.0 million non-nationals.

Kuwait considers its high level of non-nationals a problem and has announced plans to reduce this number. Meanwhile, the presence of the Bidoon, a stateless people numbering over 100,000, is also viewed as an issue. This group is classified as illegal residents who are attempting to claim Kuwait citizenship. It's believed these people are Arabs who migrated from Saudi Arabia, Syria and Iraq and these other states do not consider them nationals, either. A law was passed in 2013 to grant citizenship to 4,000 of this population to resolve the problem, although the government has stated that only a third of the Bidoon people would even qualify for naturalization as it believes the rest do indeed hold other nationalities but have destroyed their documents.

Nearly 98% of the population in Kuwait is urbanized, and about 83% of the total population resides in the capital, Kuwait City. The country also has an urbanization rate of 2.1% per year, so the number of rural people will slowly dwindle over the next decade.

In 2007, Kuwait had the third highest net migration rate in the world at 16.01, which was in part due to the discovery of oil and increased living standards in the country, which led to a large and growing immigrant population.

Kuwait Demographics

While 70% of the country's population is comprised of expatriates, about 60% of the total population is Arab, which includes expatriates. The largest expat communities in the country are Indians and Egyptians. Between 2005 and 2006, the number of native Kuwaitis increased only 3.3% while the number of foreigners increased 6.7%. The government and people of Kuwait view the high level of non-national workers in the country as a serious problem, which led to an announcement in 2013 that Kuwait would attempt to reduce the number of expatriates in the country by 100,000 per year over the next decade.

There are a number of native groups in Kuwait, including Arabs from Najd, Iraq, Bahrain and eastern Arabia, as well as ethnic Persians. The Baharna ethnic group is the indigenous people of the Bahrain and Eastern Province and Saudi Arabia, while the Najrdis are Sunni Arabs from Najd in central Arabia. Estimates from 2013 break down the ethnic groups as:

  • Kuwait 31.3%
  • other Arab 27.9%
  • South Asian 37.8%
  • African 1.9%
  • other 1.1%

The number of Indians in Kuwait totals 825,000, which includes Indian expatriates and Kuwaiti citizens of Indian origin or descent. Indians represent the largest community, many of whom work in business and service fields. The Indian population alone is seen as an extension of Kuwaiti heritage in India, and their large population is not viewed as a problem. Egyptians are the largest Arab community in Kuwait with a population of over 500,000.

The non-national population of Kuwait is estimated as follows:

  • Indians, 825,000
  • Egyptians, 517,973
  • Bangladeshis, 181,265
  • Syrians, 140,000
  • Pakistanis, 126,000
  • Filipinos, 185,788
  • Sri Lankans, 130,000
  • Ethiopians, 74,000
  • Jordanian and Palestinian, 10,000
  • Nepalians, 62,000
  • Iranians, 50,000
  • Lebanese, 42,000
  • Indonesians, 8,887
  • Iraqis, 16,000
  • Afghans, 15,000
  • Americans, 13,000 (30,000 including armed forces)
  • Yemeni, 11,000

25.32% of Kuwait's population is under the age of 15; 15.21% are between the age of 15 and 24; 52.32% are between 25 and 54; 4.82% are between 55 and 64 and just 2.33% of the population is 65 and older. The median age in Kuwait is currently 29 years. The population pyramid of Kuwait shows an unbalanced structure for working-age groups due to high immigration rates and a large reliance on foreign labor.

Kuwait has a high life expectancy, as well as low maternal and infant mortality rates. In addition, the total fertility rate is 2.48 children born per woman while the contraceptive prevalence is relatively high. It's estimated that the total fertility will decline to reach 2.1 (the same as the replacement level fertility) by 2035, while the youth population will also decline.

Most people in Kuwait are Muslim, although there are about 450,000 expatriate Christians, 600,000 Hindus, and 100,000 Buddhists. About 70% of the Muslims in Kuwait are Sunni while 30% are Shia.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 8 minutes
One death every 45 minutes
One net migrant every 26 minutes
Net gain of one person every 7 minutes

Kuwait Population in 2018Source: By Mohdalg [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Kuwait Population Pyramid 2018

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Kuwait Median Age







Kuwait Population by Age

There are 3,123,615 adults in Kuwait.

Census Years

Year Date
201131 May 2011
200521 April 2005
199520 April 1995
198520 April 1985

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

Kuwait Population Growth

Kuwait currently has an annual population growth rate of 4.0% per year, although their population growth has remained hard to track and fluctuates a great deal. If trends continue, it's projected that Kuwait will have a population of 5.9 million by 2050.

About Kuwait

Official NameState of Kuwait
Languages SpokenArabic
Is LandlockedNo
Currencies UsedKuwait Dinar

Countries Bordering Kuwait

Saudi Arabia

Kuwait Population Density

Kuwait Top 20 Cities by Population

Name Population
Al Ahmadi637,411
As Salimiyah147,649
Sabah as Salim139,163
Al Farwaniyah86,525
Al Fahahil68,290
Kuwait City60,064
Ar Rumaythiyah58,135
Ar Riqqah52,068
Al Manqaf39,025
Ar Rabiyah36,447
Al Jahra'24,281
Al Fintas23,071
Janub as Surrah18,496
Al Mahbulah18,178
Ad Dasmah17,585
Ash Shamiyah13,762
Al Wafrah10,017

Kuwait Population Clock

The population of Kuwait (as of 6/18/2018)?4,194,716
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2018)4,197,128
Births Per Day178
Deaths Per Day32
Net Migrations Per Day 55
Net Change Per Day 201
Population Change Since January 1st33,969

Kuwait Population Indicators

Crude Birth Rate 15.821 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 2.854 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate 4.855 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 74.87 years
Male Life Expectancy 73.95 years
Female Life Expectancy 76.21 years
Total Fertility Rate 1.967 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 0.948 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.045 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 7.19 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 9.23 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 29.935 years
Rate of Natural Increase 12.967

Kuwait Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate

Kuwait Population by Year (Projections)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
Data Sources
  1. Central Statistical Bureau
  2. Central Statistical Bureau
  3. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the 1957, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1995. 2005 and 2011 censuses, with official population estimates for 1961, 1990, 2005, 2014 and 2015, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration.

  4. GeoNames Gazetteer