Syria Population 2017

18,364,674

Syria, a Middle Eastern country, has a population that's difficult to determine due to instability. Approximately 5,000 flee Syria every day. In 2012, the country had a population estimated at 22,530,746, and this number dropped to an estimated population of 22,457,336 as of September 2013. In 2017, further declines have led to an estimated population of 18.27 million.

Just recently, Syria was considered a rapidly growing country in the area, growing over 2% in 2009, and growing from just 6 million in 1971 to its current population of 18.27 million.

Syria's population is comprised of many refugees from other countries. In 2012, it was estimated that 1.8 million refugees in the country were from Iraq, most of whom were displaced during the Iraq war. Syria has also been home to large groups of Palestinians (560,000)-refugees) and Armenians (100,,000.) Of course, that's now in the past, as Syria has been in a great deal of turmoil and its population is now tumbling out of control.

While Syria's population is currently around 18 million in 2016, this number is dropping every day. The United Nations reports that 5,000 people flee Syria every day, and 28% of its population has now been driven from their homes. There are now 9 million Syrians who have fled, and 6.5 million who have been displaced but stay in the country.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs (UNOCHA) states that an estimated 13.5 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian aid in 2016. There are now 4.5 million refugees from the country in nearby countries. 117,658 are in Egypt, 245,022 are in Iraq, 635,324 in Jordan, 1.1 million in Lebanon and 2.5 million in Turkey.

Largest cities in Syria

The largest city in Syria is not its capital Damascus, but Aleppo, which is situated in the North East of the country.

Aleppo's population was recorded at 2,132,100 in the 2004 Census, although it has dropped dramatically since, given the civil war and millions fleeing the country. As the country is embroiled in a war, estimates on city populations are unavailable. Although 80% Muslim, it is also home to one of the largest Christian populations in the Middle East. According to the latest estimates, approximately 12% of the city's inhabitants are Christian.

Damascus is the second largest city in Syria, with a population of 1,711,000 (estimate, 2009). It holds the record as the oldest continually inhabited city in the world – there is evidence of human habitation in Damascus dating back to 9,000 BC.

Syria is urbanizing rapidly. It is estimated that in 2010, 56% of the people in Syria lived in an urban environment, and this number is increasing by more than 2% per year.

Syrian Demographics

Syria is a largely Islamic country; according to the latest data from 2007, 87% of the country's population was Muslim. Broken down, around 74% are Sunni and around 13% are Shia. There are approximately 2 million Alawi in Syria today, and representatives of this group dominate Syrian politics and the Syrian military. Syria's current President, Bashar al-Assad, is an Alawi Shia.

The other two major religious groups in Syria are Christian (around 9% of the population) and Druze (3%).

The largest ethnic group (approximately 90%) in Syria is Arab, mostly classified as Levantine. Other major groups in Syria are Kurds (2 million), Syrian Turkmen (0.75-1.5 million) and Assyrians (0.9 to 1.2 million).

The Current State of Syria

Syria's bloody civil war has done substantial damage already, and the country is in ruins, in many ways. Civilian neighborhoods have been bombed, sniper fighting and street fights have taken over and there is no end in sight. In mid-2012, rebels moved into Alebbo, the largest city in Syria, and 2/3 of the city was seized within weeks. Now, regime and rebels are locked in warfare, and the city crumbles. In 2016, it has been estimated that 470,000 people have been killed in Syria's war. Hafez al-Assad's Alwaites regime represents just one eighth of the country, and the Sunni Muslims (who make up 75% of the country's population) make up the resistance.

The UN estimates that 5,000 Syrians flee the country every day, and over 6.5 million people are homeless and displaced in the country. It's estimated that more than half of the refugee population is under the age of 18, and the refugees and displaced now equal 28% of the total population.

Syria Population in 2018Source: By Bernard Gagnon (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons]

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

Syria Population Growth

5.2 million refugees are expected to be registered as refugees by the end of 2014, with another 6.5 million internally displaced by December 2014.

In 2010, Syria was dealing with a surging population, but this has dramatically reversed. Last year, the population growth rate was -0.8%, but this has dropped much further. The number of refugees alone will top 5 million by just 2015, according to the UN, which means that Syria's population will be just 19 million in 2017. This drop does not include any further deaths from the country's civil war, which will only drive the population down past this point.

About Syria

Official NameSyrian Arab Republic
Languages SpokenArabic
BordersIRQ, ISR, JOR, LBN, TUR
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude3538
Currencies UsedSYP

Syria Population Density

Name Population
Aleppo1,602,264
Damascus1,569,394
Homs775,404
Hamah460,602
Latakia340,181
Deir ez-Zor242,565
Ar Raqqah177,636
Al Bab130,745
Idlib128,840
Douma111,864
Dar'a97,969
As Safirah95,832
As Salamiyah94,887
Tartouss89,457
Ath Thawrah87,880
Al Hasakah81,539
Darayya71,596
Manbij68,888
I`zaz66,138
Jablah65,915
As Suwayda'59,052
Albu Kamal57,572
At Tall55,561
Al Mayadin54,534
Ar Rastan53,152
Tadmur51,015
'Ayn al 'Arab50,000
An Nabk49,372
Khan Shaykhun48,975
`Afrin48,693
`Irbin42,474
Al Qusayr41,062
Yabrud40,502
Jisr ash Shughur39,311
Baniyas39,066
Tallbisah38,491
Harasta37,348
Al Qunaytirah36,143
Tadif34,670
Saraqib34,231
Jayrud32,352
Masyaf32,262
Ma`arratmisrin32,163
Al Qaryatayn31,748
Salqin31,608
Tafas31,249
Souran30,716
Binnish30,354
Jasim30,283
Tallkalakh29,754
Az Zabadani29,549
Tayyibat al Imam29,259
Hajin29,237
Inkhil29,076
Dayr Hafir28,905
Satita27,815
Ash Shaykh Miskin25,920
As Sanamayn25,702
Tall Rif`at25,658
Nubl25,546
Subaykhan25,514
Jarabulus24,997
Kafr Nubl24,754
Al Harak23,784
Al Kiswah23,526
Halfaya23,403
Kafr Takharim22,436
Ad Dana21,987
Kafr Zayta21,845
Kafr Laha21,819
Ad Darbasiyah21,481
Qarah20,656
Qatana18,511
Al Qutayfah16,118
Shahba14,784
Murak14,307
Izra`13,882
Salakhid12,842
Duraykish11,918
Mukharram al Fawqani9,112
Tremseh6,927

Syria Population Clock

What is the population of Syria (as of 11/15/2017)?18,364,674
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)18,269,868
Births Per Day233
Deaths Per Day61
Net Migrations Per Day 515
Net Change Per Day 687
Population Change Since January 1st219,153

Syria Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 21.563 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 5.62 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate 9.527 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 70.224 years
Male Life Expectancy 64.569 years
Female Life Expectancy 76.991 years
Total Fertility Rate 2.801 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 1.315 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.05 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 15.491 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 18.146 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 29.403 years
Rate of Natural Increase 15.703
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 10.234%
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 16.166%
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 3.621%
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 19.984%
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 28.841%
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 10.027%
Median Age (Total) 24.1 years
Median Age (Female) 24.6 years
Median Age (Male) 23.7 years

Syria Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
201718,269,86850.53%49.47%99-1.25%
201518,734,98750.58%49.42%101-2.27%
201021,018,83450.48%49.52%1142.82%
200518,294,61151.02%48.98%992.20%
200016,410,84850.59%49.41%892.73%
199514,345,49250.58%49.42%772.88%
199012,446,17150.55%49.45%673.17%
198510,648,63250.52%49.48%583.58%
19808,930,77450.48%49.52%483.46%
19757,535,71450.58%49.42%413.48%
19706,350,54150.67%49.33%343.40%
19655,373,13750.84%49.16%293.28%
19604,573,51251.12%48.88%253.18%
19553,911,50151.49%48.51%212.76%
19503,413,33152.06%47.94%180.00%

Syria Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
202018,924,44250.34%49.66%1020.00%
202523,410,90650.14%49.86%1264.35%
203026,608,48950.13%49.87%1442.59%
203528,885,22450.15%49.85%1561.66%
204030,798,94450.16%49.84%1661.29%
204532,524,87050.16%49.84%1761.10%
205034,021,05150.16%49.84%1840.90%
205535,301,80850.15%49.85%1910.74%
206036,393,43050.14%49.86%1970.61%
206537,302,60950.12%49.88%2010.49%
207038,018,37550.09%49.91%2050.38%
207538,528,28650.06%49.94%2080.27%
208038,827,50850.00%50.00%2100.15%
208538,918,01349.94%50.06%2100.05%
209038,814,87449.86%50.14%210-0.05%
209538,544,67149.80%50.20%208-0.14%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. GeoNames Gazetteer