Saudi Arabia Population 2020 (Live)

35,034,113
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Saudi Arabia’s current population is 34.81 million people and is projected to grow until 2060. Based on current projections, the population will reach its peak in 2060 at 45.35 million people and will begin to slowly decline after 2061.

Saudi Arabia’s current population growth rate is 1.59%. The growth rate of Saudi Arabia’s population is likely to decrease to 1.09 by the year 2030, and further fall to 0.277 during the next 30 years, by the year 2060.

The fertility rate in Saudi Arabia is 2.274 births per woman, which is above the population replacement rate of 2.1 births per woman. The fertility rate, however, has been decreasing every year and will eventually contribute to Saudi Arabia’s slowing and then stagnant population growth.

The current population of Saudi Arabia is 35,034,113, based on projections of the latest United Nations data. The UN estimates the July 1, 2020 population at 34,813,871.

Saudi Arabia Growth Rate

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Saudi Arabia Population 2020 (Live)

Name Population
Riyadh4,205,961
Jeddah2,867,446
Mecca1,323,624
Medina1,300,000
Sultanah946,697
Dammam768,602
Ta'if530,848
Tabuk455,450
Al Kharj425,300
Buraydah391,336

Saudi Arabia Area and Population Density

The surface area in Saudi Arabia comes to a total of 829,999.94 square miles, or 2,149,690 square kilometers. In combination with the total population within the country, this comes to an approximate population density of 15.61 individuals per square kilometer, or approximately 6 people per square mile.

Largest Cities in Saudi Arabia

83.33% of Saudi Arabia's population live in urban areas, meaning that there are several sizable cities. The capital, Riyadh, is the largest by over 2 million people with a population of 6,506,700, and the second largest city is Jeddah with 3,976,400 citizens. The sacred city of Mecca, as well as Medina, Hofuf, and Ta'if all have populations between one and two million.

Saudi Arabia Population Density Map

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
202034,813,8711.59%16.1941206
201934,268,5281.68%15.9441206
201833,702,7561.82%15.6841204
201733,101,1792.03%15.4041205
201632,443,4472.29%15.0941205
201531,717,6672.95%14.7541206
201027,421,4612.86%12.7645207
200523,816,1832.88%11.0847206
200020,663,8432.08%9.6149206
199518,638,7872.80%8.6748207
199016,233,7854.35%7.5551209
198513,118,9936.24%6.1052210
19809,691,4765.49%4.5161214
19757,419,4934.92%3.4571215
19705,836,3893.80%2.7176217
19654,843,6353.46%2.2578216
19604,086,5392.81%1.9083218
19553,558,1552.65%1.6684218
19503,121,3350.00%1.4585219

Saudi Arabia Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
202034,813,8711.59%16.1941206
202537,248,9191.36%17.3342206
203039,322,3381.09%18.2942206
203541,073,3740.88%19.1143206
204042,473,0310.67%19.7645206
204543,648,8380.55%20.3047206
205044,562,4760.41%20.7346206
205545,134,3280.26%21.0047205
206045,348,7670.10%21.1048205
206545,254,190-0.04%21.0550204
207044,966,462-0.13%20.9252204
207544,600,603-0.16%20.7552204
208044,214,172-0.17%20.5751204
208543,811,268-0.18%20.3852206
209043,361,553-0.21%20.1752205
209542,836,719-0.24%19.9355205

Saudi Arabia Population by Year (Projections)

Saudi Arabia Population Pyramid 2020

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Saudi Arabia Median Age

27.5


Total

28.2


Male

26.7


Female

Saudi Arabia Population by Age

There are 24,400,275 adults in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia Population Pyramid

Saudi Arabia, officially known as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is the second largest Arab state (the first is Algeria) and comprises the majority of the Arabian Peninsula. Jordan and Iraq are on its northern border; Kuwait on its northeast; Bahrain, Qatar and United Arab Emirates to the east; Yemen to its south; Oman to its southeast; and the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea to its east.

This country is also reported to have between 3 and 5 million illegal immigrants residing within its borders at any given time. Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of the religion of Islam, which is one of the largest religions in the world. It is also sometimes referred to as “The Land of Two Holy Mosques.” This is because of the two holiest mosques in Islam, the Masjid-e-Nabwi in Medina and the Masjid-al-Haram in Mecca. These features ensure that country additionally receives a large annual number of visiting foreigners who are Muslims every year for the Islamic practices of Haj and Umrah, which are among the five pillars of Islam and must be conducted at least once in a lifetime.

Saudi Arabia Demographics

The population is divided among different age groups. The 0-14 age group contains the median amount of the population, comprising 32.4% of the total. The middle age group of 15-64 makes up the greatest share of the total population - about 64.8%. The 65+ age group comprises 2.8% of the total population.

The sex ratio at the time of birth is 1.05 males per female. For the under-15 age group, this ratio is 1.05 males per female; for the 15-64 age group, it is 1.03 males per female; and for the 65+ age group, it is 1.03 males per female. For the total population, the mean ratio is 1.21 males per female.

The only language officially recognized here is Arabic.

Saudi Arabia Religion, Economy and Politics

Although the government does not hold any census on religion, there is evidence that the country is 100% Muslim. There have been estimates which indicate that the majority are of the Sunni branch of Islam, at 85-90%. The other major Islam group is the Shiites, who comprise the remaining 10-15% of the community. The World Factbook gives similar estimated statistics (Muslim (official; citizens are 85-90% Sunni and 10-15% Shia), other (includes Eastern Orthodox, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh)), and also notes that "...most forms of public religious expression inconsistent with the government-sanctioned interpretation of Sunni Islam are restricted; non-Muslims are not allowed to have Saudi citizenship and non-Muslim places of worship are not permitted (2013)."

The country has the second largest oil reserves in the world, which account for about 70% of the government’s revenue and 95% of its exports every year. It also has the fourth largest natural gas reserves. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the whole world which has a law prohibiting the women of the country to drive.

The birth rate in Saudi Arabia is 18.51 births per 1000 people, and the total fertility rate is 2.17 children born per woman. This was an estimate calculated through the results of the census held in 2012. The number of births and deaths per year has been increasing over the past years. Current figures indicate 569,000 births per year and 98,000 deaths per year.

The current median age in Saudi Arabia is 27.5 years of age with a full life expectancy of 75.5 years of age. This is likely influenced by the high performance of improved drinking water and sanitation facility access in the country, as well as a 4.7% GDP expenditure on the health care sector. This has given the country the physician density of 2.57 physicians per 1,000 Saudi Arabian individuals and 2.7 beds available per 1,000 residents.

Saudi Arabia Population History

The population has been rising significantly over the years. According to a census held many years ago, the population was about 3,121,000. It then underwent a 29.5% increase and jumped up to 4,041,000 in 1960. This growth rate then increased greatly during the next 10 years. By 1980, the population had become 9,801,000 (an increase of 69.8%) and had grown to 16,139,000 in 1990 (a 64.7% increase). At this point, the government realized how drastically their country was becoming overcrowded and started implementing laws to control population growth. As a result, the population only grew by 24.2% in the next decade, with the total number counted at 20,045,000 in 2000. This rate further decreased by 6.4%, with the total population adding up to 29,195,895.

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