Yemen Population 2019

29,445,998

Yemen is an Arab country on the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula and the second-largest country in the region with a 2,000 kilometer coastline. It's also one of the oldest civilization centers in the Near East, and the first country in the Arabian peninsula to give women the right to vote. It's estimated that the 2019 population of Yemen is 29.16 million, up from 2013's estimate of 23.88 million. This ranks it 48th in the world.

Yemen Area and Population Density

Yemen's border is roughly half land, half water with its edges touching Saudi Arabia, Oman, the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. The area of the country is 203,850 square miles (527,951 square kilometers) and has a population density of 138.6 people per square mile (53.5 people per square kilometer).

Largest Cities in Yemen

The urban population of Yemen is a relatively low 35.19%, but they have a couple of sizable cities. The capital of Sana'a has an impressive 3,937,000 residents. The cities of Ta-izz, Al Hudaydah, and Aden all have populations close to 500,000.

Yemen Demographics

Most Yemenis are of Arab origin, as most minorities left when the former states of north and south Yemen were established. The country remains, for the most part, a tribal society with about 400 Zaydi tribes in the northern region and hereditary caste groups in urban areas, most notably Al-Akhdam.

There are 10-30,000 Turkish people still living in Yemen after their arrival with the Ottoman colonization, and there's a rather large community of Yemenite Jews. There are also large groups of Indonesians, Malaysians, and Singaporeans of Arab descent. Yemen hosts about 160,000 refugees and asylum seekers as well, mostly from Somalia, Iraq, Ethiopia and, more recently, Syria.

Yemen Religion, Economy and Politics

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Yemen is very much an Islamic nation with roughly 98% of the population practicing the religion. 56% belong to the Shafi'i Sunni school of thought and the remaining 42% follow Zaydi Shia principles. There is thought to as few as 1,000 Christians and 50 Jews in all of Yemen.

Oil accounts for nearly 85% of Yemen's exports, and 75% of its GDP. Their oil reserves are small compared to other countries in the area, but it is a significant source of revenue for them.

Yemen has been plagued by civil unrest and war for a long time now, which has negatively impacted almost all aspects of life including economics and politics. The government relies heavily on grants just to meets its basic needs.

Yemen Population History

Yemen is one of the least developed countries in the world with the vast majority of its population in rural and tribal areas, and it's seen many conflicts and civil wars in recent history. The population is more than 5x larger than its 1950 population of 4.3 million, and Yemen has a young population as well, with almost half of its people under 15.

Yemen Population Growth

Yemen has the 30th highest fertility rate in the world at 4.45 children per woman, which is largely driven by religious beliefs and a lack of education and reproductive resources.

Yemen Population Projections

Fortunately, the growth rate in Yemen is expected to come to a more manageable rate within the next 30 years. The current rate of 2.3% is expected to come down to 2% by 2025, and to 1% by 2050. The population is predicted to be 30,245,305 in 2020, 36,815,286, and break 40 million around 2036.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 36 seconds
One death every 3 minutes
One net migrant every 18 minutes
Net gain of one person every 47 seconds

Yemen Population in 2018Source: By Waleed uuw [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Yemen Population Pyramid 2019

Yemen Population by Age

There are 15,797,677 adults in Yemen.

Census Years

Year Date
200419 December 2004
199417 December 1994
198830 March 1988
198618 February 1986

Yemen is rapidly growing due to its high fertility rate and it's expected to reach 60 million people by 2050.

Official NameRepublic of Yemen
Languages SpokenArabic
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude15.00, 48.00
Currencies UsedYemen Rial
DemonymYemeni
BordersOman
Saudi Arabia
Name Population Location
Sanaa1,937,451Map
Al Hudaydah617,871Map
Ta`izz615,222Map
Aden550,602Map
Mukalla258,132Map
Ibb234,837Map
Dhamar160,114Map
'Amran90,792Map
Sayyan69,404Map
Zabid52,590Map
Sa'dah51,870Map
Bajil48,218Map
Hajjah43,549Map
Dhi as Sufal37,997Map
Al Bayda37,821Map
Ataq37,315Map
Bayt al Faqih34,204Map
Yarim33,050Map
Sahar31,859Map
Lahij23,375Map

Yemen Population Clock

The population of Yemen (as of 12/4/2019)?29,445,998
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2019)29,161,922
Births Per Day2,376
Deaths Per Day473
Net Migrations Per Day-82
Net Change Per Day1,821
Population Change Since January 1st613,677

Yemen Population Estimator

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Estimate as of December 4th 2019 is: 29,445,732

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
201929,161,92250.38%49.62%55.23482.33%
201828,498,68350.39%49.61%53.98492.39%
201727,834,81950.39%49.61%52.72492.45%
201627,168,20850.40%49.60%51.46502.53%
201526,497,88950.40%49.60%50.19502.73%
201023,154,85550.41%49.59%43.86522.86%
200520,107,40950.40%49.60%38.08532.92%
200017,409,07250.45%49.55%32.97543.14%
199514,913,31550.54%49.46%28.25564.96%
199011,709,99349.37%50.63%22.18614.11%
19859,572,17549.08%50.92%18.13693.80%
19807,941,89848.77%51.23%15.04733.20%
19756,784,69548.52%51.48%12.85741.84%
19706,193,38449.15%50.85%11.73711.58%
19655,727,75149.75%50.25%10.85721.51%
19605,315,35549.99%50.01%10.07691.37%
19554,965,57450.24%49.76%9.41701.27%
19504,661,28250.49%49.51%8.83690.00%
Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
202029,825,96450.38%49.62%56.49480.00%
202533,140,29650.35%49.65%62.77482.13%
203036,406,88850.32%49.68%68.96461.90%
203539,602,68450.29%49.71%75.01451.70%
204042,670,01150.26%49.74%80.82441.50%
204545,522,73950.21%49.79%86.22431.30%
205048,080,02150.14%49.86%91.07421.10%
205550,282,60950.05%49.95%95.24420.90%
206052,063,22049.95%50.05%98.61430.70%
206553,417,47549.83%50.17%101.18430.51%
207054,340,79849.72%50.28%102.92430.34%
207554,874,38949.60%50.40%103.94440.20%
208055,076,68549.49%50.51%104.32440.07%
208554,982,83349.39%50.61%104.1446-0.03%
209054,613,43849.28%50.72%103.4446-0.13%
209553,996,33849.18%50.82%102.2747-0.23%
  1. World Population Prospects (2019 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the 1994 and 2004 censuses, with official population estimates for 2014, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration.

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