Palestine Population 2017

4,928,728

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 4.92 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.

Palestine Population in 2018Source: Spyder Monkey

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

Palestine Population Growth

About Palestine

Official NameState of Palestine
Languages SpokenArabic
BordersISR, EGY, JOR
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude31.935.2
Currencies UsedILS

Palestine Population Density

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
Az Zahiriyah27,616
Ar Ram wa Dahiyat al Barid24,838
Ramallah24,599
Halhul21,076
Dura20,835
Bani Na`im19,783
Jericho19,783
Al Qararah19,500
As Samu`19,355
Qabatiyah19,127
Idhna18,727
`Abasan al Kabirah18,163
Sa`ir17,775
Al `Ayzariyah17,455
Balatah17,146
Az Zuwaydah16,688
Bayt Jala16,183
Al Yamun16,164
Tubas15,591
Bayt Sahur14,921
Tarqumya14,202
Ya`bad13,477
Surif12,992
Baytunya12,822
Bayt Ummar12,238
`Anata11,946
Abu Dis11,753
Al `Ubaydiyah10,618
Bayt Fajjar10,579
Shukat as Sufi10,566
Tammun10,119
Bayt Furik10,108
`Attil10,100
`Arrabah9,703
Ad Dawhah9,631
Silat al Harithiyah9,557
Taffuh9,480
Salfit9,452
Dayr al Ghusun9,187
Bayt Ula9,159
Khuza`ah9,023
Al Khadir9,003
Bayta al Fawqa8,535
Qaffin8,489
Jaba`8,391
Dhannabah8,193
Ash Shuyukh8,151
Bidya8,065
Bayt `Awwa7,943
Bayt Liqya7,795
`Azzun7,727
`Aqraba7,707
`Asirah ash Shamaliyah7,475
Kafr Ra`i7,276
Qatanah7,274
`Anabta7,106
Qabalan7,043
Silwad7,006
Kharas6,885
Maythalun6,804
Dayr Dibwan6,692
`Illar6,681
Bal`a6,545
Al Mughraqah6,448
Bir Zayt6,398
Nahhalin6,215
An Nasr6,211
Za`tarah6,210
Biddu6,180
Jamma`in6,158
Dayr Samit6,144
Az Zaytuniyah6,107
Silat az Zahr6,079
`Abasan al Jadidah5,984
Hablah5,945
Hizma5,916
Bayt Lid5,740
Birqin5,730
Bayt Kahil5,663
Huwwarah5,633
`Awarta5,563
Husan5,535
Dayr Abu Da`if5,506
Al Fukhkhari5,464
Bani Zayd5,441
Sinjil5,371
Jannatah5,348
Kharbatha al Misbah5,141
Bani Zayd ash Sharqiyah5,015

Palestine Population Clock

What is the population of Palestine (as of 11/15/2017)?4,928,728
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)4,920,724
Births Per Day86
Deaths Per Day10
Net Migrations Per Day -18
Net Change Per Day 58
Population Change Since January 1st18,502

Palestine Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 31.649 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 3.551 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate -1.312 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 73.403 years
Male Life Expectancy 71.42 years
Female Life Expectancy 75.495 years
Total Fertility Rate 3.979 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 1.867 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.05 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 18.686 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 21.877 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 28.886 years
Rate of Natural Increase 27.904
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 4.706%
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 5.338%
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 4.042%
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 13.738%
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 16.122%
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 11.283%

Palestine Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
20174,920,72450.71%49.29%7912.73%
20154,662,88450.72%49.28%7502.77%
20104,066,82950.72%49.28%6542.60%
20053,576,17050.71%49.29%5752.10%
20003,223,00950.70%49.30%5184.25%
19952,617,70250.66%49.34%4214.50%
19902,100,88350.61%49.39%3383.62%
19851,758,47750.56%49.44%2833.10%
19801,509,18350.53%49.47%2432.69%
19751,321,42150.53%49.47%2123.28%
19701,124,64950.59%49.41%181-1.15%
19651,191,38450.72%49.28%1922.19%
19601,069,31650.97%49.03%1721.60%
1955987,76051.34%48.66%1591.17%
1950931,92851.88%48.12%1500.00%

Palestine Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
20205,322,62950.71%49.29%8560.00%
20256,022,27050.70%49.30%9682.50%
20306,739,07350.68%49.32%10832.27%
20357,467,67850.67%49.33%12012.07%
20408,208,07450.65%49.35%13201.91%
20458,957,04650.64%49.36%14401.76%
20509,704,20550.62%49.38%15601.62%
205510,436,63650.61%49.39%16781.47%
206011,140,80350.60%49.41%17911.31%
206511,810,05550.58%49.42%18991.17%
207012,437,51850.58%49.42%20001.04%
207513,019,36550.59%49.41%20930.92%
208013,550,01150.60%49.40%21780.80%
208514,026,59050.62%49.38%22550.69%
209014,447,91150.65%49.35%23230.59%
209514,811,24250.68%49.32%23810.50%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. GeoNames Gazetteer