Yemen Population 2018

28,887,924

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 2018 population of Yemen is 28.92 million million, up from 2013's estimate of 23.88 million.

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 has the 30th highest fertility rate in the world at 4.45 children per woman.

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.

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 2018

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Yemen Median Age

19.2


Total

19.1


Male

19.3


Female

Yemen Population by Age

There are 15,091,958 adults in Yemen.

Census Years

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

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

Yemen Population Growth

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

About Yemen

Official NameRepublic of Yemen
Languages SpokenArabic
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude1548
Currencies UsedYemen Rial
DemonymYemeni

Countries Bordering Yemen

Oman
Saudi Arabia

Yemen Population Density

Yemen Top 20 Cities by Population

Name Population
Sanaa1,937,451
Al Hudaydah617,871
Ta`izz615,222
Aden550,602
Al Mukalla258,132
Ibb234,837
Dhamar160,114
'Amran90,792
Sayyan69,404
Zabid52,590
Sa'dah51,870
Bajil48,218
Hajjah43,549
Dhi as Sufal37,997
Al Bayda37,821
Ataq37,315
Bayt al Faqih34,204
Yarim33,050
Sahar31,859
Lahij23,375

Yemen Population Clock

The population of Yemen (as of 6/15/2018)?28,887,924
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2018)28,915,284
Births Per Day2,402
Deaths Per Day496
Net Migrations Per Day -82
Net Change Per Day 1,824
Population Change Since January 1st302,784

Yemen Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 30.69 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 6.344 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate -1.05 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 65.24 years
Male Life Expectancy 63.77 years
Female Life Expectancy 66.75 years
Total Fertility Rate 3.837 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 1.699 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.05 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 42.166 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 55.642 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 29.965 years
Rate of Natural Increase 24.346

Yemen Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
201828,915,28450.51%49.49%54.77502.35%
201728,250,42050.52%49.48%53.51502.42%
201627,584,21350.52%49.48%52.25502.48%
201526,916,20750.53%49.47%50.98502.66%
201023,606,77950.53%49.47%44.71502.78%
200520,582,92750.53%49.47%38.99522.86%
200017,874,72550.58%49.42%33.86543.13%
199515,320,65350.67%49.33%29.02564.91%
199012,057,03949.54%50.46%22.84604.13%
19859,847,89949.24%50.76%18.65693.93%
19808,120,49748.93%51.07%15.38723.52%
19756,830,69248.67%51.33%12.94741.98%
19706,193,81049.28%50.72%11.73721.88%
19655,643,64349.84%50.16%10.69721.76%
19605,172,13550.06%49.94%9.80721.64%
19554,767,58750.27%49.73%9.03711.61%
19504,402,32050.49%49.51%8.34710.00%

Yemen Population by Year (Projections)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
202030,245,30550.49%49.51%57.29500.00%
202533,560,64450.46%49.54%63.57492.10%
203036,815,28650.42%49.58%69.73441.87%
203539,962,09650.37%49.63%75.69441.65%
204042,986,33450.32%49.68%81.42441.47%
204545,791,08650.25%49.75%86.73421.27%
205048,304,04050.16%49.84%91.49431.07%
205550,438,26850.04%49.96%95.53420.87%
206052,150,38849.91%50.09%98.78430.67%
206553,433,90749.77%50.23%101.21440.49%
207054,320,07949.63%50.37%102.89440.33%
207554,854,45049.50%50.50%103.90450.20%
208055,086,10849.37%50.63%104.34440.08%
208555,042,83449.25%50.75%104.2546-0.02%
209054,750,72049.14%50.86%103.7046-0.11%
209554,237,94449.05%50.96%102.7346-0.19%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects (2017 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.

  2. GeoNames Gazetteer