Morocco Population 2017

35,248,522

The majority of Morocco's population lives to the west of the Atlas Mountains, a large range that protects the country from the Sahara Desert. The commerce center of the country and the most populous city is Casablanca with 3,000,000 residents, although the political capital is Rabat, home to 1.4 million citizens. Other major cities include the gateway city of Tangier, the religious center of Fez and the tourist center of Marrakech. The urban population of Morocco was 58% of the total population as of 2010, with a rate of urbanization at 2.1% annual rate of change.

Morocco Demographics

Morocco is a demographically young country with 27% of its population under the age of 15, 18% between the ages of 15 and 24, 42% between 25 and 54 years old, 7% between the ages of 55 and 64 and just 6% 65 years and older. The median age of Moroccans is just 27 years old.

The vast majority of Moroccans are Suuni Muslims, primarily of Arab-Berber, Arabized Berber, Berber and Nigero-Congo ethnic background. The country itself was inhabited by Berbers since at least 5,000 years ago, while Arabs conquered the land that later became Morocco in the 7th and 11th centuries, when the area was inhabited mostly by indigineous Berber and Romano-Berber peoples. Arabs and Berbers currently account for around 99.1% of the Moroccan population.

While the indigenous Berbers, though mostly Arabized, still make up the majority of the population, there is a rather sizable population that identifies as Haratin or Gnawa, black or of mixed race. The Jewish minority of Morocco, which numbered as high as 248,000 in 1948, has decreased significantly with a small population estimated at 5,000.

Most of the estimated 100,000 foreign residents in Morocco are also French, while France is home to the largest concentration of Moroccan migrants outside of Morocco. A percentage of the population is descended from colonists, working mostly for large European countries, while others settled in the country. Before its independence, Morocco was home to more than 500,000 Europeans.

Morocco has a birth rate of 18.73 births per 1,000 people, placing it 101st in the world. Meanwhile, its death rate stands at 4.78 deaths per 1,000 people in 2013, ranking 195th in the world. The country has a comparatively high life expectancy of 76 years with a fertility rate of 2.17 children born per woman.

Morocco Population in 2017Source: محمد بوعلام عصامي

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

Morocco Population Growth

The population growth rate of Morocco is currently 1.04% annually, which has been climbing steadily for the past few years after two decades of decline. While the country still hasn't reached the growth rate of the 1980's or 90's, it's expected to continue its climb. Over the past 50 years, Morocco's total population has changed 180% and has risen year-over-year for over a decade.

Morocco remains a demographically young country that, combined with a fertility level above the replacement level, means the population should continue to grow in the decades to come, although not at great speed. It's projected that Morocco will have a population of about 42 million by 2050.

About Morocco

Official NameKingdom of Morocco
Languages SpokenBerber, Arabic
BordersDZA, ESH, ESP
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude32-5
Currencies UsedMAD

Morocco Population Density

Name Population
Tarfaya5,615
Gueltat Zemmour6,740
Mhamid10,000
Figuig (Centre)12,516
Nouaseur12,696
Ifrane13,000
Boujniba15,041
Ahfir19,611
Sidi Ifni20,000
Tahla25,761
Imzourene26,650
Bouznika27,283
Mechraa Bel Ksiri27,802
El Hajeb28,126
Asilah28,861
Zaio30,008
Sidi Yahia El Gharb32,202
Taounate32,802
Zagora35,154
El Aioun35,196
Chefchaouene36,280
Tinghir36,795
Azemmour37,140
Martil39,738
Sidi Bennour40,044
Kasba Tadla41,199
Jerada43,696
Souq Larb'a al Gharb44,059
Skhirate44,850
Midelt45,159
Azrou48,249
Tiznit55,092
Dakhla55,618
Tirhanimine55,827
Ouarzazat57,245
Guercif57,544
Ouezzane58,684
Tan-Tan61,924
Youssoufia64,910
Sefrou65,150
Oulad Teima66,832
Tiflet70,010
Essaouira70,634
Taroudant71,133
Khenifra73,906
Sidi Qacem74,755
Sidi Slimane79,437
Berkane80,721
Taourirt82,518
Fkih Ben Salah84,072
Oued Zem84,910
Berrechid93,954
Guelmim98,229
Khemisset106,991
Ksar El Kebir108,753
Larache109,294
Settat119,082
Nador129,260
Taza141,890
El Jadida147,549
Fes al Bali156,000
Beni Mellal166,399
Khouribga167,673
Mohammedia187,708
Laayoune196,331
Safi288,163
Tetouan326,261
Kenitra366,570
Al Hoceima395,644
Oujda405,253
Meknes545,705
Tangier688,356
Agadir698,310
Marrakesh839,296
Sale903,485
Fes964,891
Rabat1,655,753
Casablanca3,144,909

Morocco Population Clock

What is the population of Morocco (as of September 13, 2017)?35,248,522
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)35241418
Births Per Day375
Deaths Per Day109
Net Migrations Per Day -170
Net Change Per Day 96
Population Change Since January 1st24,480

Morocco Population Indicators

IndicatorValueWorld Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 19.454 births/thousand88
Crude Death Rate 5.67 deaths/thousand159
Crude Net Migration Rate -1.754 people/thousand147
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 74.782 years93
Male Life Expectancy 73.708 years70
Female Life Expectancy 75.869 years114
Total Fertility Rate 2.412 children/woman83
Net Reproduction Rate 1.119 surviving daughters/woman85
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.06 males per female28
Infant Mortality Rate 21.295 deaths/1,000 live births78
Under Five Mortality 25.78 deaths/thousand77
Mean Age at Childbearing 30.394 years51
Rate of Natural Increase 13.427 87
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 4.237 %88
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 4.61 %77
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 3.844 %98
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 11.665 %68
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 12.825 %54
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 10.506 %94
Crude Suicide Rate 5 suicides/thousand114
Median Age (Total) 28.9 years118
Median Age (Female) 29.5 years113
Median Age (Male) 28.3 years120

Morocco Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
201735,241,41849.496%50.504%781281.16%39
201534,377,51149.42%50.58%771281.27%39
201032,107,73849.218%50.782%711281.31%38
200530,385,47949.32%50.68%681261%37
200028,950,55349.552%50.448%641231.03%36
199527,161,88949.751%50.249%601221.44%36
199024,950,12749.896%50.104%551231.83%35
198522,596,13249.832%50.168%501232.14%34
198020,071,90249.743%50.257%441232.42%34
197517,854,61349.597%50.403%401262.26%34
197016,039,60049.453%50.547%351262.16%34
196514,248,42649.365%50.635%311242.55%34
196012,328,53449.827%50.173%271273.07%34
195510,502,66349.774%50.226%231273.28%35
19508,985,99049.738%50.262%201282.83%37

Morocco Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
202036,444,32449.563%50.437%811271.05%39
202538,254,59849.537%50.463%851270.85%39
203039,786,78849.495%50.505%891290.69%40
203541,073,45749.45%50.55%921270.56%42
204042,148,42649.415%50.585%941280.45%45
204543,026,77249.408%50.592%961280.35%47
205043,696,48049.434%50.566%971280.25%48
205544,144,45949.506%50.494%981260.14%50
206044,363,59649.616%50.384%991250.04%50
206544,369,66749.745%50.255%99124-0.05%52
207044,184,42849.879%50.121%99124-0.12%52
207543,856,93550.003%49.997%98127-0.18%52
208043,413,92850.104%49.896%97128-0.23%54
208542,891,35250.177%49.823%96129-0.26%56
209042,298,33550.219%49.781%94130-0.3%56
209541,631,94850.248%49.752%93130-0.34%57
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations