Qatar Population 2020

2,867,169

Qatar is a sovereign Arab state in Western Asia on the Qatar Peninsula of the larger Arabian Peninsula. Qatar is an absolute monarchy ruled by the Al Thani family and the country was known for pearl hunting and sea trade before the discovery of oil. Qatar has the third largest natural gas reserve in the world and is one of the richest countries per capita. In 2020, Qatar has an estimated population of 2.88 million (an increase from 2013's estimate of 2,035,000), making it the 139th most populous country on earth.

Population Growth in Qatar

Qatar's population is a bit unknown, as the Qatar Statistics Authority estimated that the population was 1.9 million in 2013, with other sources claiming 2.03 million. Regardless, the population has tripled in the decade leading up to 2011. Qatar (Arab) nationals make up less than 15% of the total population, followed by other Arab (13%), Indian (24%), Nepali (16%), Filipino (11%) and Bangladesh and Sri Lankan (5% each). There are 250,000 Filipinos in the country, making them the third largest group of expatriates. Due to a huge influx of male laborers, women account for just 25% of the population.

Surface Area and Population Density in Qatar

Qatar has claim of 11,586 square kilometers of the peninsula off of Saudi Arabia. It has 563 kilometers of coastline and shares 87 kilometers of boundary to Saudi Arabia. In combination with the current estimated population, the calculation gives Qatar a population density of approximately 232 people per square kilometer.

Capital and City Centers in Qatar

Doha is Qatar's largest city and its capital, with 344,939 individuals claiming it as their home. This city was also recently given a listing as one of the "Urban Wonders" by the New 7 Wonders Cities.

Demographics of Qatar

As this country is quoted by the BBC as ..."a state built by immigrants,..." we can see this fact in the statistics with non-Qatari residents coming in at 88.4% of the population and Qatari at only 11.6% of the population. Additionally, this country is heavily male, currently split at 74.91% male and only 25.09% female.

The official language of Qatar is Arabic, but English is prevalent in use as a second language.

The religious spread of the population residing in Qatar is split at roughly 67.7% Muslim, Christians at 13.8%, Hindu at 13.8%, Buddhist with 3.1%, folk religion <.1%, Jewish faiths at <.1%, other faiths 0.7%, and unaffiliated at only 0.9% of the population.

The current median age of those residing in Qatar is approximately 33.22 years of age, with a total life expectancy at birth of 78.9 years. The birth rate is at 9.6 births per 1,000 individuals in the population, with a fertility rate of 1.9 children per woman. Remember though, that women only take about 25% of the population here though.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 20 minutes
One death every 144 minutes
One net migrant every 15 minutes
Net gain of one person every 9 minutes

Qatar Population in 2018Source: By UNCTAD (Doha City, UNCTAD XIII) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Qatar Population Pyramid 2020

Qatar Population by Age

There are 2,387,744 adults in Qatar.

Census Years

Year Date
202020 April 2020
201520 April 2015
20105 May 2010
200416 March 2004
19971 March 1997
198616 March 1986

Projections show Qatar could easily top 2.8 million by 2020. Previous estimates in 2011 estimated the population would reach 1.78 million in 2013, far lower than the actual growth. From 2011-2012, Qatar experienced an astounding 7.5% growth rate, and there is no signs of slowing.

Official NameState of Qatar
Languages SpokenArabic
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude25.50, 51.25
Currencies UsedQatar Riyal
DemonymQatari
BordersSaudi Arabia
Name Population Location
Doha344,939Map
Ar Rayyan272,465Map
Umm Salal Muhammad29,391Map
Al Wakrah26,436Map
Al Khawr18,923Map
Ash Shihaniyah8,380Map
Dukhan7,250Map
Musay`id5,769Map
Madinat ash Shamal5,267Map
Al Wukayr5,146Map

Qatar Population Clock

The population of Qatar (as of 4/2/2020)?2,867,169
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2020)2,881,053
Births Per Day72
Deaths Per Day10
Net Migrations Per Day94
Net Change Per Day156
Population Change Since January 1st14,508

Qatar Population Estimator

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Estimate as of April 2nd 2020 is: 2,869,108

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20202,881,05375.15%24.85%248.671391.73%
20192,832,06775.33%24.67%244.441411.81%
20182,781,68275.50%24.50%240.091422.09%
20172,724,72875.67%24.33%235.171422.65%
20162,654,37475.83%24.17%229.101423.46%
20152,565,71076.01%23.99%221.451426.69%
20101,856,32776.46%23.54%160.2214816.49%
2005865,41667.56%32.44%74.691587.87%
2000592,46865.21%34.79%51.141642.90%
1995513,44265.90%34.10%44.321641.51%
1990476,27866.94%33.06%41.111645.13%
1985370,89066.84%33.16%32.0116410.65%
1980223,63262.98%37.01%19.301766.36%
1975164,32066.47%33.53%14.181778.45%
1970109,51463.83%36.18%9.451848.26%
196573,63360.85%39.15%6.361919.22%
196047,38456.48%43.52%4.091975.73%
195535,86654.42%45.57%3.102017.48%
195025,00350.69%49.32%2.162040.00%
Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20202,881,05375.15%24.85%248.671390.00%
20253,121,70574.19%25.81%269.441371.62%
20303,326,89073.32%26.68%287.151361.28%
20353,497,39772.52%27.48%301.861371.00%
20403,628,68571.71%28.29%313.201360.74%
20453,746,73570.92%29.08%323.381330.64%
20503,851,13170.16%29.84%332.401340.55%
20553,938,84069.44%30.56%339.971350.45%
20604,007,28268.76%31.24%345.871360.35%
20654,057,01668.10%31.90%350.171360.25%
20704,091,50567.47%32.53%353.141360.17%
20754,114,80366.88%33.12%355.151360.11%
20804,129,50366.32%33.68%356.421350.07%
20854,136,92965.78%34.22%357.061350.04%
20904,141,33665.24%34.76%357.441360.02%
20954,148,19464.71%35.29%358.041360.03%
  1. Qatar Statistics Authority
  2. Qatar Statistics Authority
  3. World Population Prospects (2019 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the 1986, 1997, 2004, 2010 and 2015 censuses, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration. Official estimates for other years were also taken into account.

  4. GeoNames Gazetteer