Palestine Population 2018

5,075,880

Palestine is a region between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, although adjacent territories are sometimes considered a part of Palestine. The region is between Egypt, Arabia and Syria and it is the birthplace of Christianity and Judaism. Palestine is also known as the Land of Israel, the Promised Land and the Holy Land. The boundaries of Palestine have changed many times.

Palestine is now considered a country by the U.N. and most of its members. While it is recognized as a sovereign state, Palestine does not actually possess any land, and most of the territory called Palestine is controlled by Israel.

The State of Palestine claims two territories: the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. The U.N. considers both regions occupied by Israel, although Palestinians do control some parts of both. Palestine is broken into Area A, which is fully governed by Palestinians; Area B, which has shared control; and Area C, which is under full Israeli control. In 2014, negotiations between Palestine and Israel failed and escalated into war between Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, and Israel.

The Palestine population in Gaza and the West Bank is estimated at 5.05 million.

Palestine Demographics

There are estimated to be 4.43 million Palestinians in the State of Palestine in 2014, with 1.7 million living in the Gaza Strip and 2.8 million in the West Bank. According to the UN, over 1.5 million Palestinian refugees live in camps in countries in the area, with about 4 million Palestinian refugees in neighboring countries but outside of refugee camps.

The number of Palestinians in Israel, the Occupied Gaza Strip, Occupied East Jerusalem and the Occupied West Bank is now estimated at over 5.3 million, exceeding the Jewish population of 5.2 million.

By 2035, the Jewish population in Israel/Palestine is projected to reach 46%. The Palestinian population in Palestine is growing at about 2.4% per year, which is 33% higher than Israel's growth rate. The population is also the youngest in the region, with a birth rate of over 4 children to every woman.

40% of the Palestinian population is under 14 years old, while people at least 65 years old account for just 2.9% of the population.

History of Palestine

The region of Palestine has a long and very tumultuous history, with a strategic location and as the birthplace of major religions. It has been controlled by many groups, including the Ancient Egyptians, Babylonians, Persians, Ancient Greeks, Romans, early Muslims, later Muslims, modern Israelis and Palestinians. The region was one of the first in the world to see civilization.

While both Jews and Arab Muslims have claimed the land for thousands of years, today's conflict began in the start of the 20th century as Jews fleeing persecution in Europe attempted to establish a homeland in what was then a Muslim and Arab majority territory of the British Empire. The Arabs resisted. An early attempt by the U.S. to give each part of the land failed, and several wars have been fought over the region. The war of 1967 left Israel in control of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, which are home to large Palestinian populations.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 3 minutes
One death every 30 minutes
One net migrant every 80 minutes
Net gain of one person every 4 minutes

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

About Palestine

Official NameState of Palestine
Languages SpokenArabic
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude31.935.2
Currencies UsedIsrael Shekel
DemonymPalestinian

Countries Bordering Palestine

Israel
Egypt
Jordan

Palestine Top 20 Cities by Population

Name Population
East Jerusalem428,304
Gaza410,000
Khan Yunis173,183
Jabalya168,568
Hebron160,470
Nablus130,326
Rafah126,305
Dayr al Balah59,504
Bayt Lahya56,919
Tulkarm44,169
Qalqilyah43,212
Yuta41,425
Al Birah38,192
Bayt Hanun37,392
An Nusayrat36,123
Old City36,000
Al Burayj34,951
Janin34,730
Bani Suhayla31,272
Bethlehem29,019

Palestine Population Clock

The population of Palestine (as of 9/2/2018)?5,075,880
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2018)5,052,776
Births Per Day427
Deaths Per Day48
Net Migrations Per Day -18
Net Change Per Day 361
Population Change Since January 1st88,445

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Estimate as of September 2nd 2018 is: 5,075,907

Palestine Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20185,052,77650.71%49.29%812.341212.68%
20174,920,72450.71%49.29%791.111212.71%
20164,790,70550.71%49.29%770.211222.74%
20154,662,88450.72%49.28%749.661232.77%
20104,066,82950.72%49.28%653.831282.60%
20053,576,17050.71%49.29%574.951302.10%
20003,223,00950.70%49.30%518.171314.25%
19952,617,70250.66%49.34%420.851344.50%
19902,100,88350.61%49.39%337.761373.62%
19851,758,47750.56%49.44%282.711413.10%
19801,509,18350.53%49.47%242.631412.69%
19751,321,42150.53%49.47%212.451423.28%
19701,124,64950.59%49.41%180.81142-1.15%
19651,191,38450.72%49.28%191.541382.19%
19601,069,31650.97%49.03%171.921381.60%
1955987,76051.34%48.66%158.801371.17%
1950931,92851.88%48.12%149.831360.00%

Palestine Population by Year (Projections)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20205,322,62950.71%49.29%855.731210.00%
20256,022,27050.70%49.30%968.211162.50%
20306,739,07350.68%49.32%1083.451132.27%
20357,467,67850.67%49.33%1200.591092.07%
20408,208,07450.65%49.35%1319.631061.91%
20458,957,04650.64%49.36%1440.041021.76%
20509,704,20550.62%49.38%1560.161011.62%
205510,436,63650.61%49.39%1677.92981.47%
206011,140,80350.60%49.41%1791.13961.31%
206511,810,05550.58%49.42%1898.72961.17%
207012,437,51850.58%49.42%1999.60961.04%
207513,019,36550.59%49.41%2093.15940.92%
208013,550,01150.60%49.40%2178.46920.80%
208514,026,59050.62%49.38%2255.08890.69%
209014,447,91150.65%49.35%2322.82900.59%
209514,811,24250.68%49.32%2381.23890.50%
Data Sources
  1. Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics
  2. Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics
  3. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the 1997 and 2007 censuses, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration. Population figures include the Arab population residing in East Jerusalem and exclude Israeli citizens residing in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Official annual population estimates from 1994 through 2012 from the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics were also taken into account.

  4. GeoNames Gazetteer