Yemen Population 2017

28,138,934

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.

Yemen Population in 2017Source: ai@ce

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
BordersOMN, SAU
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude1548
Currencies UsedYER

Yemen Population Density

Name Population
Al Jabin
Hadibu8,545
Al Mahwit10,593
Al Ghayzah10,948
Jawf al Maqbabah14,175
Dhalie14,760
Ma'rib16,794
Al Hazm18,241
Zinjibar19,879
Lahij23,375
Sahar31,859
Yarim33,050
Bayt al Faqih34,204
Ataq37,315
Al Bayda'37,821
Dhi as Sufal37,997
Hajjah43,549
Bajil48,218
Sa'dah51,870
Zabid52,590
Sayyan69,404
'Amran90,792
Dhamar160,114
Ibb234,837
Al Mukalla258,132
Aden550,602
Ta`izz615,222
Al Hudaydah617,871
Sanaa1,937,451

Yemen Population Clock

What is the population of Yemen (as of September 13, 2017)?28,138,934
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)28119546
Births Per Day475
Deaths Per Day103
Net Migrations Per Day -110
Net Change Per Day 262
Population Change Since January 1st66,810

Yemen Population Indicators

IndicatorValueWorld Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 30.81 births/thousand43
Crude Death Rate 6.685 deaths/thousand128
Crude Net Migration Rate -1.407 people/thousand140
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 64.435 years163
Male Life Expectancy 63.035 years159
Female Life Expectancy 65.85 years164
Total Fertility Rate 3.83 children/woman43
Net Reproduction Rate 1.658 surviving daughters/woman45
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.05 males per female87
Infant Mortality Rate 48.955 deaths/1,000 live births30
Under Five Mortality 66.571 deaths/thousand36
Mean Age at Childbearing 29.783 years81
Rate of Natural Increase 23.898 38
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 13.471 %159
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 14.042 %153
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 12.871 %162
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 27.671 %157
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 30.064 %152
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 25.392 %160
Crude Suicide Rate 3.1 suicides/thousand136
Median Age (Total) 19.2 years188
Median Age (Female) 19.3 years191
Median Age (Male) 19.1 years185

Yemen Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
201728,119,54650.491%49.509%531522.25%49
201526,832,21550.511%49.489%501532.38%49
201023,591,97250.516%49.484%441582.69%50
200520,504,38550.506%49.494%381622.83%52
200017,795,21850.582%49.418%331632.83%54
199515,266,14650.708%49.292%281673.66%56
199011,961,09849.527%50.473%221704.98%60
19859,774,24249.235%50.765%181733.81%68
19808,059,38048.922%51.078%151753.78%72
19756,793,97948.664%51.336%121812.91%74
19706,156,23449.272%50.728%111771.72%73
19655,619,17049.84%50.16%101771.79%72
19605,166,31150.056%49.944%91751.64%72
19554,767,58950.273%49.727%91691.59%72
19504,402,32050.491%49.509%81691.62%71

Yemen Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
202030,029,55750.451%49.549%561512.08%49
202533,181,10450.403%49.597%621491.89%49
203036,335,04650.395%49.605%681501.69%47
203539,361,38550.384%49.616%741461.48%45
204042,211,01550.358%49.642%791461.28%44
204544,839,19250.31%49.69%841431.09%42
205047,170,01850.233%49.767%891390.89%43
205549,126,12250.131%49.869%931350.69%44
206050,656,90750.016%49.984%951310.5%46
206551,754,70849.896%50.104%981250.33%46
207052,442,59749.776%50.224%991240.18%45
207552,794,73249.674%50.326%991250.06%45
208052,851,43549.578%50.422%100124-0.04%45
208552,661,10949.485%50.515%99126-0.13%46
209052,243,67649.395%50.605%98128-0.21%47
209551,616,86549.321%50.679%97127-0.28%47
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations