Gaza Population 2022

756,083
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Gaza, or Gaza City, is a Palestinian city in the Gaza Strip. Gaza has been controlled by many empires and people throughout its long history, which dates back to at least the 15th century BC. Gaza is the largest city of the State of Palestine with an estimated population of 750,000 in 2015.

Population Density and City Size

The Gaza Strip is often called one of the most densely populated areas on earth. Gaza City itself is likely the 40th most densely populated urban area globally. While it may not be the most densely populated, it has a tiny geographical area of just 17 square miles. This means there are 42,600 people per square mile, compared to 83,800 in Mumbai -- which has 12 times more area. The city of Gaza has a total surface area of approximately 45 square kilometers (17 square miles).

Landmarks

One of Gaza's most celebrated landmarks is the Great Mosque in the Old City. The mosque was originally a pagan temple, although it was consecrated as a Greek Orthodox church by the Byzantines then turned into a mosque in the 8th century. Crusaders turned it into a church, but it was once more established as a mosque after the Muslims again conquered Gaza. It's the largest and oldest mosque in the Gaza Strip.

Gaza Demographics

Most people in Gaza are Muslim, most of whom follow Sunni Islam. Gaza has about 3,500 Palestinian Christians who live in the Zaytun Quarter of the Old City. Most belong to Roman Catholic, Baptist, and Greek Orthodox denominations.

Gaza once had a sizable Jewish community with a history going back 3,000 years. Most Jewish people in Gaza fled following the 1929 Palestine riots, and by 1945, there were 80 Jews in the city. No Jews are living in Gaza today.

Gaza has a very high percentage of young people. About 75% of Gaza's population is under the age of 25. According to demographers, there are several reasons for this. One is the fact that a low percentage of Palestinian women have jobs. It's the region of the world where the fewest number of women work outside the home. Gaza has a very high fertility rate of 4.4 children per woman, in part because women are usually housebound and men earn more money when their families grow larger.

Gaza Population History

The earliest record of Gaza's population shows 6,000 people living in the city in 1596, which made it the third largest city of Ottoman Palestine at the time after Jerusalem and Safad. In 1838, it surpassed Jerusalem's population with about 15,500 people. The population swelled to 42,000 before World War I, although battles in 1917 caused the population to plummet to 17,000. Gaza's population once more began to grow in the 1970s and '80s, reaching 300,000 by 1997.

Gaza Population Growth

Gaza is currently growing at a rate of 3% per year, which is the 13th highest growth rate in the world. The city is already very crowded with limited space for new construction. The city's schools are overcrowded with an average of 40 children in every classroom. Between 2000 and 2013 alone, Gaza grew by over 687,000. By 2020, the region will have 2.1 million people.

Year Population
195063,444
195165,783
195268,213
195370,725
195473,333
195576,037
195678,845
195781,749
195884,763
195987,889
196091,135
196194,491
196297,975
1963101,588
1964105,340
1965109,219
1966113,247
1967117,423
1968121,759
1969126,243
1970130,899
1971135,726
1972140,738
1973145,921
1974151,302
1975156,881
1976162,675
1977168,665
1978174,885
1979181,334
1980188,031
1981194,955
1982202,145
1983209,599
1984217,339
1985225,343
1986233,653
1987242,269
1988251,216
1989260,466
1990270,072
1991280,032
1992290,373
1993301,066
1994312,169
1995323,681
1996335,634
1997347,994
1998360,394
1999372,878
2000385,814
2001399,160
2002412,988
2003427,295
2004442,118
2005457,412
2006473,257
2007489,652
2008505,091
2009519,831
2010535,021
2011550,656
2012566,770
2013583,309
2014600,354
2015617,898
2016635,980
2017654,538
2018673,638
2019693,323
2020713,621
2021734,547
2022756,083
2023778,187
2024800,636
2025823,407
2026846,506
2027869,896
2028893,535
2029917,421
2030941,544
2031965,888
2032990,435
20331,015,202
20341,040,155
20351,065,268

Gaza Population 2022

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
195063,4440.00%
195165,7833.69%2,339
195268,2133.69%2,430
195370,7253.68%2,512
195473,3333.69%2,608
195576,0373.69%2,704
195678,8453.69%2,808
195781,7493.68%2,904
195884,7633.69%3,014
195987,8893.69%3,126
196091,1353.69%3,246
196194,4913.68%3,356
196297,9753.69%3,484
1963101,5883.69%3,613
1964105,3403.69%3,752
1965109,2193.68%3,879
1966113,2473.69%4,028
1967117,4233.69%4,176
1968121,7593.69%4,336
1969126,2433.68%4,484
1970130,8993.69%4,656
1971135,7263.69%4,827
1972140,7383.69%5,012
1973145,9213.68%5,183
1974151,3023.69%5,381
1975156,8813.69%5,579
1976162,6753.69%5,794
1977168,6653.68%5,990
1978174,8853.69%6,220
1979181,3343.69%6,449
1980188,0313.69%6,697
1981194,9553.68%6,924
1982202,1453.69%7,190
1983209,5993.69%7,454
1984217,3393.69%7,740
1985225,3433.68%8,004
1986233,6533.69%8,310
1987242,2693.69%8,616
1988251,2163.69%8,947
1989260,4663.68%9,250
1990270,0723.69%9,606
1991280,0323.69%9,960
1992290,3733.69%10,341
1993301,0663.68%10,693
1994312,1693.69%11,103
1995323,6813.69%11,512
1996335,6343.69%11,953
1997347,9943.68%12,360
1998360,3943.56%12,400
1999372,8783.46%12,484
2000385,8143.47%12,936
2001399,1603.46%13,346
2002412,9883.46%13,828
2003427,2953.46%14,307
2004442,1183.47%14,823
2005457,4123.46%15,294
2006473,2573.46%15,845
2007489,6523.46%16,395
2008505,0913.15%15,439
2009519,8312.92%14,740
2010535,0212.92%15,190
2011550,6562.92%15,635
2012566,7702.93%16,114
2013583,3092.92%16,539
2014600,3542.92%17,045
2015617,8982.92%17,544
2016635,9802.93%18,082
2017654,5382.92%18,558
2018673,6382.92%19,100
2019693,3232.92%19,685
2020713,6212.93%20,298
2021734,5472.93%20,926
2022756,0832.93%21,536
2023778,1872.92%22,104
2024800,6362.88%22,449
2025823,4072.84%22,771
2026846,5062.81%23,099
2027869,8962.76%23,390
2028893,5352.72%23,639
2029917,4212.67%23,886
2030941,5442.63%24,123
2031965,8882.59%24,344
2032990,4352.54%24,547
20331,015,2022.50%24,767
20341,040,1552.46%24,953
20351,065,2682.41%25,113

Gaza Population Data (Urban Area)

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  1. Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics - Localities in Gaza Governorate by type of locality and population estimates - 2007-2016

Sources