Palestine Population 2017

4,932,517

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 4,436,400.

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 2017Source: Spyder Monkey

About Palestine

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

Palestine Population Density

Name Population
Bani Zayd ash Sharqiyah5,015
Kharbatha al Misbah5,141
Jannatah5,348
Sinjil5,371
Bani Zayd5,441
Al Fukhkhari5,464
Dayr Abu Da`if5,506
Husan5,535
`Awarta5,563
Huwwarah5,633
Bayt Kahil5,663
Birqin5,730
Bayt Lid5,740
Hizma5,916
Hablah5,945
`Abasan al Jadidah5,984
Silat az Zahr6,079
Az Zaytuniyah6,107
Dayr Samit6,144
Jamma`in6,158
Biddu6,180
Oranit6,205
Za`tarah6,210
An Nasr6,211
Nahhalin6,215
Bir Zayt6,398
Al Mughraqah6,448
Bal`a6,545
`Illar6,681
Dayr Dibwan6,692
Maythalun6,804
Kharas6,885
Silwad7,006
Qabalan7,043
`Anabta7,106
Qatanah7,274
Kafr Ra`i7,276
`Asirah ash Shamaliyah7,475
`Aqraba7,707
`Azzun7,727
Bayt Liqya7,795
Bayt `Awwa7,943
Bidya8,065
Ash Shuyukh8,151
Dhannabah8,193
Jaba`8,391
Qaffin8,489
Bayta al Fawqa8,535
Al Khadir9,003
Khuza`ah9,023
Bayt Ula9,159
Dayr al Ghusun9,187
Salfit9,452
Taffuh9,480
Silat al Harithiyah9,557
Ad Dawhah9,631
`Arrabah9,703
`Attil10,100
Bayt Furik10,108
Tammun10,119
Shukat as Sufi10,566
Bayt Fajjar10,579
Al `Ubaydiyah10,618
Abu Dis11,753
Givat Zeev11,764
`Anata11,946
Bayt Ummar12,238
Baytunya12,822
Surif12,992
Ya`bad13,477
Tarqumya14,202
Bayt Sahur14,921
Tubas15,591
Al Yamun16,164
Bayt Jala16,183
Az Zuwaydah16,688
Balatah17,146
Al `Ayzariyah17,455
Sa`ir17,775
`Abasan al Kabirah18,163
Idhna18,727
Qabatiyah19,127
As Samu`19,355
Al Qararah19,500
Bani Na`im19,783
Jericho19,783
Dura20,835
Halhul21,076
Ramallah24,599
Ar Ram wa Dahiyat al Barid24,838
Az Zahiriyah27,616
Bethlehem29,019
Bani Suhayla31,272
Janin34,730
Al Burayj34,951
Old City36,000
An Nusayrat36,123
Bayt Hanun37,392
Al Birah38,192
Yuta41,425
Qalqilyah43,212
Tulkarm44,169
Bayt Lahya56,919
Dayr al Balah59,504
Rafah126,305
Nablus130,326
Hebron160,470
Jabalya168,568
Khan Yunis173,183
Gaza410,000
East Jerusalem428,304

Palestine Population Clock

What is the population of Palestine (as of September 13, 2017)?4,932,517
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)4928225
Births Per Day86
Deaths Per Day10
Net Migrations Per Day -18
Net Change Per Day 58
Population Change Since January 1st14,790

Palestine Population Indicators

IndicatorValueWorld Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 31.649 births/thousand40
Crude Death Rate 3.551 deaths/thousand192
Crude Net Migration Rate -1.312 people/thousand139
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 73.403 years109
Male Life Expectancy 71.42 years98
Female Life Expectancy 75.495 years116
Total Fertility Rate 3.979 children/woman41
Net Reproduction Rate 1.867 surviving daughters/woman27
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.05 males per female87
Infant Mortality Rate 18.686 deaths/1,000 live births86
Under Five Mortality 21.877 deaths/thousand89
Mean Age at Childbearing 28.886 years115
Rate of Natural Increase 27.904 17
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 4.706 %94
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 5.338 %86
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 4.042 %104
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 13.738 %84
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 16.122 %75
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 11.283 %103
Crude Suicide Rate 0 suicides/thousand0
Median Age (Total) 0 years0
Median Age (Female) 0 years0
Median Age (Male) 0 years0

Palestine Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
20174,928,22550.692%49.308%818132.66%121
20154,668,46550.697%49.303%775132.72%123
20104,068,78050.703%49.297%675132.72%127
20053,579,46250.711%49.289%594162.3%129
20003,223,78150.697%49.303%535162.64%130
19952,618,27250.663%49.337%434204.62%134
19902,101,15650.608%49.392%349214.17%138
19851,758,78750.559%49.441%292283.27%141
19801,509,48450.529%49.471%250312.85%141
19751,321,67750.532%49.468%219332.98%142
19701,124,84350.588%49.412%186341.71%142
19651,191,50950.723%49.277%19731-0.56%138
19601,069,39950.965%49.035%177322.54%138
1955987,79051.338%48.662%164311.66%137
1950931,92651.879%48.121%15431-0.88%136

Palestine Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
20205,333,37650.685%49.315%885132.57%121
20256,039,87650.67%49.33%1003132.35%114
20306,764,78050.655%49.345%1123132.15%112
20357,504,20550.641%49.359%1246121.98%110
20408,259,00050.627%49.373%1371111.83%107
20459,024,96450.615%49.385%1499101.69%103
20509,790,68850.605%49.395%162691.54%101
205510,543,51850.599%49.401%175181.39%97
206011,273,11250.596%49.404%187281.25%96
206511,969,98350.599%49.401%198871.12%95
207012,627,55250.61%49.39%209771%95
207513,240,59750.629%49.371%219970.88%91
208013,804,35650.665%49.335%229370.77%90
208514,316,81250.713%49.287%237860.67%87
209014,775,52450.767%49.233%245460.57%86
209515,174,75350.82%49.18%252060.48%86
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations