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.

Sharjah Population Demographics

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 marviikad from Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia (Sharjah - Venice) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Sharjah Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20352,197,2001.25%132,378
20302,064,8221.57%154,894
20251,909,9282.54%225,279
20201,684,6493.56%113,800
20181,570,8497.21%296,100
20151,274,7497.21%374,749
2010900,0005.87%223,382
2005676,6188.16%219,564
2000457,0547.99%145,885
1995311,1696.30%81,889
1990229,2806.34%60,686
1985168,5947.65%51,952
1980116,64216.52%62,331
197554,31114.21%26,368
197027,94314.14%13,520
196514,42314.07%6,956
19607,46714.08%3,603
19553,86414.08%1,864
19502,0000.00%
Sharjah Population Growth

Sharjah's 2018 population is now estimated at 1,570,849. In 1950, the population of Sharjah was 2,000. Sharjah has grown by 296,100 since 2015, which represents a 7.21% annual 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