Yemen Population 2017

28,286,576

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 2017 population of Yemen is 28.25 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.

Yemen Population in 2018Source: 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
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 Bayda'37,821
Ataq37,315
Bayt al Faqih34,204
Yarim33,050
Sahar31,859
Lahij23,375
Zinjibar19,879
Al Hazm18,241
Ma'rib16,794
Dhalie14,760
Jawf al Maqbabah14,175
Al Ghayzah10,948
Al Mahwit10,593
Hadibu8,545
Al Jabin

Yemen Population Clock

What is the population of Yemen (as of 11/15/2017)?28,286,576
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)28,250,420
Births Per Day475
Deaths Per Day103
Net Migrations Per Day -110
Net Change Per Day 262
Population Change Since January 1st83,578

Yemen Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 30.81 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 6.685 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate -1.407 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 64.435 years
Male Life Expectancy 63.035 years
Female Life Expectancy 65.85 years
Total Fertility Rate 3.83 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 1.658 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.05 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 48.955 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 66.571 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 29.783 years
Rate of Natural Increase 23.898
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 13.471%
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 14.042%
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 12.871%
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 27.671%
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 30.064%
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 25.392%
Median Age (Total) 19.2 years
Median Age (Female) 19.3 years
Median Age (Male) 19.1 years

Yemen Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
201728,250,42050.52%49.48%542.45%
201526,916,20750.53%49.47%512.66%
201023,606,77950.53%49.47%452.78%
200520,582,92750.53%49.47%392.86%
200017,874,72550.58%49.42%343.13%
199515,320,65350.67%49.33%294.91%
199012,057,03949.54%50.46%234.13%
19859,847,89949.24%50.76%193.93%
19808,120,49748.93%51.07%153.52%
19756,830,69248.67%51.33%131.98%
19706,193,81049.28%50.72%121.88%
19655,643,64349.84%50.16%111.76%
19605,172,13550.06%49.94%101.64%
19554,767,58750.27%49.73%91.61%
19504,402,32050.49%49.51%80.00%

Yemen Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
202030,245,30550.49%49.51%570.00%
202533,560,64450.46%49.54%642.10%
203036,815,28650.42%49.58%701.87%
203539,962,09650.37%49.63%761.65%
204042,986,33450.32%49.68%811.47%
204545,791,08650.25%49.75%871.27%
205048,304,04050.16%49.84%911.07%
205550,438,26850.04%49.96%960.87%
206052,150,38849.91%50.09%990.67%
206553,433,90749.77%50.23%1010.49%
207054,320,07949.63%50.37%1030.33%
207554,854,45049.50%50.50%1040.20%
208055,086,10849.37%50.63%1040.08%
208555,042,83449.25%50.75%104-0.02%
209054,750,72049.14%50.86%104-0.11%
209554,237,94449.05%50.96%103-0.19%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. GeoNames Gazetteer