Sharjah Population 2018

Sharjah is a city that is located in the United Arab Emirates. It is a part of the Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman metro area. The city is the third largest in the country, both by population and by area. Sharjah is also the capital of the Sharjah emirate. The population of the city is 1,400,000. According to a census by the Department of Statistics and Community Development, the population is made up of over 175,000 Emiratis, while there are more than 1.2 million expatriates living in Sharjah. For Emiratis, the population of females outnumbers males. However, there are significantly more male expatriates than females.

Breaking down the population by age group shows that the largest group is in the 20 to 39 demographic, which makes up over 769,000 people. There are over 57,000 full-time students living in Sharjah. There are approximately 40,000 people that are unemployed. Most people within the city work for the private sector, but approximately 75,000 work jobs for local or federal governments. The official language is Arabic, but English is another language that is spoken throughout the city. There are other languages also spoken in Sharjah, including Hindi and Urdu. The majority of residents follow the Islam religion.

Sharjah Population in 2018Source: By University of Sharjah [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Sharjah Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20301,890,0009.25%160,000
20251,730,00012.19%188,000
20201,542,0006.93%100,000
20181,442,00012.74%163,000
20151,279,00039.17%360,000
2010919,00043.59%279,000
2005640,00043.82%195,000
2000445,00043.09%134,000
1995311,00035.81%82,000
1990229,00035.50%60,000
1985169,00044.44%52,000
1980117,000116.67%63,000
197554,00092.86%26,000
197028,000100.00%14,000
196514,000100.00%7,000
19607,00075.00%3,000
19554,000100.00%2,000
19502,0000.00%0
Sharjah Population Growth

Sharjah's 2018 population is now estimated at 1,442,000. In 1950, the population of Sharjah was 2,000. Sharjah has grown by 163,000 in the last year, which represents a 12.74% change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Sharjah, which typically includes Sharjah's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Data Sources
  1. World Urbanization Prospects - United Nations population estimates and projections of major Urban Agglomerations