Morocco Population 2017

35,752,828

Morocco, officially the Kingdom of Morocco, is the most western of the North African countries with an alternative Arabic name that translates to "The Western Kingdom." The country has an area of 710,850 square kilometers (274,460 square miles) with an estimated 2017 population of 35.74 million, up from 2013's estimate of 32,649,130.

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 2018Source: 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
Casablanca3,144,909
Rabat1,655,753
Fes964,891
Sale903,485
Marrakesh839,296
Agadir698,310
Tangier688,356
Meknes545,705
Oujda405,253
Al Hoceima395,644
Kenitra366,570
Tetouan326,261
Safi288,163
Mohammedia187,708
Khouribga167,673
Beni Mellal166,399
El Jadida147,549
Taza141,890
Nador129,260
Settat119,082
Larache109,294
Ksar el Kebir108,753
Khemisset106,991
Guelmim98,229
Berrechid93,954
Oued Zem84,910
Fkih Ben Salah84,072
Taourirt82,518
Berkane80,721
Sidi Slimane79,437
Sidi Qacem74,755
Khenifra73,906
Taroudant71,133
Essaouira70,634
Tiflet70,010
Oulad Teima66,832
Sefrou65,150
Youssoufia64,910
Tan-Tan61,924
Ouazzane58,684
Guercif57,544
Ouarzazat57,245
Tirhanimine55,827
Dakhla55,618
Tiznit55,092
Azrou48,249
Midelt45,159
Skhirat44,850
Souq Larb'a al Gharb44,059
Jerada43,696
Kasba Tadla41,199
Sidi Bennour40,044
Martil39,738
Azemmour37,140
Tinghir36,795
Chefchaouene36,280
El Aioun35,196
Zagora35,154
Taounate32,802
Sidi Yahia el Gharb32,202
Zaio30,008
Asilah28,861
El Hajeb28,126
Mechra Belqsiri27,802
Bouznika27,283
Imzourene26,650
Tahala25,761
Sidi Ifni20,000
Ahfir19,611
Boujniba15,041
Ifrane13,000
Nouaseur12,696
Figuig (Centre)12,516
Mhamid10,000
Gueltat Zemmour6,740
Tarfaya5,615

Morocco Population Clock

What is the population of Morocco (as of 11/15/2017)?35,752,828
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)35,739,580
Births Per Day375
Deaths Per Day109
Net Migrations Per Day -170
Net Change Per Day 96
Population Change Since January 1st30,624

Morocco Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 19.454 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 5.67 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate -1.754 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 74.782 years
Male Life Expectancy 73.708 years
Female Life Expectancy 75.869 years
Total Fertility Rate 2.412 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 1.119 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.06 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 21.295 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 25.78 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 30.394 years
Rate of Natural Increase 13.427
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 4.237%
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 4.61%
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 3.844%
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 11.665%
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 12.825%
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 10.506%
Median Age (Total) 28.9 years
Median Age (Female) 29.5 years
Median Age (Male) 28.3 years

Morocco Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
201735,739,58049.53%50.47%801.34%
201534,803,32249.48%50.52%781.44%
201032,409,63949.28%50.72%731.21%
200530,521,07049.39%50.61%681.13%
200028,849,62149.55%50.45%651.28%
199527,075,23249.75%50.25%611.71%
199024,879,13649.89%50.11%562.00%
198522,537,37649.83%50.17%502.40%
198020,019,84749.74%50.26%452.37%
197517,803,69849.59%50.41%402.16%
197016,000,00849.45%50.55%362.37%
196514,229,04449.36%50.64%322.91%
196012,328,53249.83%50.17%283.26%
195510,502,66649.77%50.23%243.17%
19508,985,98949.74%50.26%200.00%

Morocco Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
202037,070,71849.57%50.43%830.00%
202539,100,64149.62%50.38%881.07%
203040,873,59249.64%50.36%920.89%
203542,407,17449.64%50.36%950.74%
204043,713,70549.64%50.36%980.61%
204544,798,42849.67%50.33%1000.49%
205045,659,88649.73%50.27%1020.38%
205546,301,09149.84%50.16%1040.28%
206046,709,78949.97%50.03%1050.18%
206546,886,62250.11%49.89%1050.08%
207046,842,85950.23%49.77%105-0.02%
207546,606,86250.33%49.67%104-0.10%
208046,225,53650.39%49.61%104-0.16%
208545,740,11250.43%49.57%102-0.21%
209045,174,84650.44%49.56%101-0.25%
209544,536,32350.45%49.55%100-0.28%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. GeoNames Gazetteer