Oman is currently experiencing the fastest population growth in at least fifty years and it has one of the fastest-growing populations in the world with a growth rate of more than 9% per year. From 2012 to 2013 alone, Oman added more than 227,000 people. This growth has been attributed to an increase in the birth rate and a decrease in deaths, partly due to an improving healthcare system.
Oman Population Growth
The annual growth rate in Oman has been extremely high in recent years due to a huge influx of immigrants. There are so many, that they nearly make up half of the modern population. Expatriate workers are fairly evenly distributed between Indian and Bangladeshi people. Most of these people moved to the area because of an increase in mega infrastructure projects happening with Oman that require huge amounts of manpower. As of 2019, the annual growth rate in Oman was 3.56%, down from 4.18% un 2018. The birth rate in Oman is pretty on par with the rest of the world with 2.67 children being born to the average woman.
Oman Population Projections
The infrastructure projects that have been causing a huge increase in the population of Oman likely won't last forever and the growth rate is expected to drop off considerably when that happens. Current projections believe that the growth rate will peak in 2020 at 4.16% before plummeting to just 1.59% by just 2025. After 2025 it is expected that the growth rate will continue to slow, but less drastically, getting down to 0.62% by 2050. If these predictions prove true, the population in Oman will likely be close to 5,149,700 in 2020, 5,897,473 in 2030, 6,343,520 in 2040 and 6,756,570 in 2050.