Qatar Population 2018

2,718,105

Qatar is a sovereign Arab state in Western Asia on the Qatar Peninsula of the larger Arabian Peninsula. Qatar is an absolute monarchy ruled by the Al Thani family and the country was known for pearl hunting and sea trade before the discovery of oil. Qatar has the third largest natural gas reserve in the world and is one of the richest countries per capita. In 2018, Qatar has an estimated population of 2.69 million (an increase from 2013's estimate of 2,035,000), making it the 143th most populous country on earth.

Population Growth in Qatar

Qatar's population is a bit unknown, as the Qatar Statistics Authority estimated that the population was 1.9 million in 2013, with other sources claiming 2.03 million. Regardless, the population has tripled in the decade leading up to 2011. Qatar (Arab) nationals make up less than 15% of the total population, followed by other Arab (13%), Indian (24%), Nepali (16%), Fiipino (11%) and Bangladesh and Sri Lankan (5% each). There are 250,000 Filipinos in the country, making them the third largest group of expatriates. Due to a huge influx of male laborers, women account for just 25% of the population.

Surface Area and Population Density in Qatar

Qatar has claim of 11,586 square kilometers of area as a penninsula off of Saudi Arabia. It has 563 kilometers of coastline and shares 87 kilometers of boundary to Saudi Arabia. In combination with the current estimated population, the calculation gives Qatar a population density of approximately 232 people per square kilometer.

Capital and City Centers in Qatar

Doha is Qatar's largest city and its captial, with 344,939 individuals claiming it as their home. This city was also recently given a listing as one of the "Urban Wonders" by the New 7 Wonders Cities.

Demographics of Qatar

As this country is quoted by the BBC as ..."a state built by immigrants,..." we can see this fact in the statistics with non-Qatari residents coming in at 88.4% of the population and Qatari at only 11.6% of the population. Additionally, this country is heavily male, currently split at 74.91% male and only 25.09% female.

The official language of Qatar is Arabic, but English is prevalent in use as a second language.

The religious spread of the population residing in Qatar is split at roughly 67.7% Muslim, Christians at 13.8%, Hindu at 13.8%, Buddhist with 3.1%, folk religion <.1%, Jewish faiths at <.1%, other faiths 0.7%, and unaffiliated at only 0.9% of the population.

The current median age of those residing in Qatar is approximately 33.22 years of age, with a total life expectancy at birth of 78.9 years. The birth rate is at 9.6 births per 1,000 individuals in the population, with a fertility rate of 1.9 children per woman. Remember though, that women only take about 25% of the population here though.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 20 minutes
One death every 131 minutes
One net migrant every 13 minutes
Net gain of one person every 8 minutes

Qatar Population in 2018Source: By UNCTAD (Doha City, UNCTAD XIII) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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

Qatar Population Growth

Projections show Qatar could easily top 2.8 million by 2020. Previous estimates in 2011 estimated the population would reach 1.78 million in 2013, far lower than the actual growth. From 2011-2012, Qatar experienced an astounding 7.5% growth rate, and there is no signs of slowing.

About Qatar

Official NameState of Qatar
Languages SpokenArabic
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude25.551.25
Currencies UsedQatar Riyal
DemonymQatari

Countries Bordering Qatar

Saudi Arabia

Qatar Population Density

Qatar Top 20 Cities by Population

Name Population
Doha344,939
Ar Rayyan272,465
Umm Salal Muhammad29,391
Al Wakrah26,436
Al Khawr18,923
Ash Shihaniyah8,380
Dukhan7,250
Musay`id5,769
Madinat ash Shamal5,267
Al Wukayr5,146
Umm Salal `Ali
Az Za`ayin

Qatar Population Clock

The population of Qatar (as of 11/13/2018)?2,718,105
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2018)2,694,849
Births Per Day72
Deaths Per Day11
Net Migrations Per Day 110
Net Change Per Day 171
Population Change Since January 1st54,207

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Estimate as of November 13th 2018 is: 2,712,992

Qatar Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20182,694,84974.91%25.09%232.601422.11%
20172,639,21175.07%24.93%227.791422.70%
20162,569,80475.23%24.77%221.801423.56%
20152,481,53975.40%24.60%214.181426.87%
20101,779,67675.83%24.17%153.6114815.53%
2005864,86367.57%32.43%74.651587.87%
2000592,26765.23%34.77%51.121642.90%
1995513,45565.92%34.08%44.321641.51%
1990476,44566.96%33.04%41.121645.13%
1985371,08166.86%33.14%32.0316510.64%
1980223,77563.01%36.99%19.311766.36%
1975164,41366.48%33.52%14.191778.47%
1970109,51463.83%36.18%9.451848.26%
196573,63360.85%39.15%6.361919.22%
196047,38456.48%43.52%4.091975.73%
195535,86654.42%45.57%3.102017.48%
195025,00350.69%49.32%2.162040.00%

Qatar Population by Year (Projections)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20202,791,80774.57%25.43%240.961420.00%
20253,028,56873.60%26.40%261.401381.64%
20303,231,91172.70%27.30%278.951391.31%
20353,402,49771.89%28.11%293.671381.03%
20403,536,61771.06%28.94%305.251380.78%
20453,660,62570.27%29.73%315.951350.69%
20503,773,28569.51%30.49%325.681340.61%
20553,869,36968.79%31.21%333.971350.50%
20603,946,92868.11%31.89%340.661350.40%
20654,005,93167.49%32.51%345.761360.30%
20704,047,70166.93%33.07%349.361360.21%
20754,072,09166.40%33.60%351.471360.12%
20804,078,11465.86%34.14%351.991370.03%
20854,066,07665.27%34.73%350.95136-0.06%
20904,040,19264.60%35.40%348.71135-0.13%
20954,007,02463.90%36.10%345.85135-0.16%
Data Sources
  1. Qatar Statistics Authority
  2. Qatar Statistics Authority
  3. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the 1986, 1997, 2004, 2010 and 2015 censuses, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration. Official estimates for other years were also taken into account.

  4. GeoNames Gazetteer