Morocco Population 2018

35,988,117

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 2018 population of 36.19 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.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 46 seconds
One death every 3 minutes
One net migrant every 10 minutes
Net gain of one person every 1 minutes

Morocco Population in 2018Source: محمد بوعلام عصامي

Morocco Population Pyramid 2018

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Morocco Median Age

28.9


Total

28.3


Male

29.5


Female

Morocco Population by Age

There are 24,176,725 adults in Morocco.

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 SpokenArabic, Berber
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude32-5
Currencies UsedMorocco Dirham
DemonymMoroccan

Countries Bordering Morocco

Algeria
Western Sahara
Spain

Morocco Population Density

Morocco Top 20 Cities by Population

Name Population
Casablanca3,144,909
Rabat1,655,753
Fes964,891
Sale903,485
Marrakesh839,296
Agadir698,310
Tangier688,356
Meknes545,705
Oujda-Angad405,253
Al Hoceima395,644
Kenitra366,570
Tetouan326,261
Temara313,510
Safi288,163
Mohammedia187,708
Khouribga167,673
Beni Mellal166,399
Fes al Bali156,000
El Jadid147,549
Taza141,890

Morocco Population Clock

The population of Morocco (as of 1/17/2018)?35,988,117
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2018)36,191,805
Births Per Day1,887
Deaths Per Day504
Net Migrations Per Day -141
Net Change Per Day 1,242
Population Change Since January 1st21,114

Morocco Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 19.174 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 5.124 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate -1.431 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 76.15 years
Male Life Expectancy 74.92 years
Female Life Expectancy 77.34 years
Total Fertility Rate 2.425 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 1.136 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.06 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 21.853 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 25.676 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 30.393 years
Rate of Natural Increase 14.05

Morocco Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
201836,191,80549.54%50.46%81.05401.31%
201534,803,32249.48%50.52%77.94391.44%
201032,409,63949.28%50.72%72.58381.21%
200530,521,07049.39%50.61%68.35371.13%
200028,849,62149.55%50.45%64.61361.28%
199527,075,23249.75%50.25%60.63361.71%
199024,879,13649.89%50.11%55.71352.00%
198522,537,37649.83%50.17%50.47352.40%
198020,019,84749.74%50.26%44.83342.37%
197517,803,69849.59%50.41%39.87342.16%
197016,000,00849.45%50.55%35.83342.37%
196514,229,04449.36%50.64%31.86342.91%
196012,328,53249.83%50.17%27.61343.26%
195510,502,66649.77%50.23%23.52353.17%
19508,985,98949.74%50.26%20.12370.00%

Morocco Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
202037,070,71849.57%50.43%83.02400.00%
202539,100,64149.62%50.38%87.56391.07%
203040,873,59249.64%50.36%91.53400.89%
203542,407,17449.64%50.36%94.97390.74%
204043,713,70549.64%50.36%97.89420.61%
204544,798,42849.67%50.33%100.32450.49%
205045,659,88649.73%50.27%102.25440.38%
205546,301,09149.84%50.16%103.69460.28%
206046,709,78949.97%50.03%104.60480.18%
206546,886,62250.11%49.89%105.00490.08%
207046,842,85950.23%49.77%104.9050-0.02%
207546,606,86250.33%49.67%104.3751-0.10%
208046,225,53650.39%49.61%103.5251-0.16%
208545,740,11250.43%49.57%102.4352-0.21%
209045,174,84650.44%49.56%101.1652-0.25%
209544,536,32350.45%49.55%99.7354-0.28%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. GeoNames Gazetteer