List of Middle East countries by population

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This is a list of Middle Eastern countries and territories on the basis of population, which is sorted by the mid-year normalized demographic projections.

Table[edit]

Rank Country
(or dependent territory)
January 1, 2015
projection[1]
% of
pop.
Average
relative
annual
growth
(%)[2]
Average
absolute
annual
growth
[3]
Estimated
doubling
time
(Years)[4]
Alternative
figure
Date Source
1  Egypt 87,535,000 21.55 2.29 1,959,000 31 87,686,000 December 18, 2014 Official population clock
2  Iran 78,280,000 19.27 1.29 995,000 54 77,979,000 December 18, 2014 Official population clock
3  Turkey 77,726,000 19.13 1.38 1,055,000 51 76,667,864 December 31, 2013 Official estimate
4  Iraq 36,060,000 8.88 2.90 1,016,000 24 36,575,000 2015 Official estimate
5  Saudi Arabia 31,450,000 7.74 3.20 976,000 22 29,994,272 2013 Official estimate
6  Yemen 26,363,000 6.49 2.95 755,000 24 25,235,079 2013 Official estimate
7  Syria 22,992,000 5.66 2.45 550,000 29 21,377,000 December 31, 2011 Official estimate
8  United Arab Emirates 8,864,000 2.18 1.57 137,000 44 8,264,070 2010 Official estimate
9  Israel 8,295,000 2.04 1.89 154,000 37 8,268,400 October 31, 2014 Monthly official estimate
10  Jordan 6,746,000 1.66 2.76 181,000 25 6,669,800 December 18, 2014 Official population clock
11  Palestine[5] 4,615,000 1.14 2.90 130,000 24 4,420,549 2013 Official estimate
12  Lebanon 4,250,000 1.05 1.75 73,000 40 3,759,100 2007 Official estimate
13  Kuwait 4,101,000 1.01 3.01 120,000 23 4,039,445 June 30, 2014 Official estimate
14  Oman 4,101,000 1.01 5.18 202,000 14 4,088,690 December 10, 2014 Official estimate
15  Qatar 2,282,000 0.56 6.49 139,000 11 2,269,672 November 30, 2014 Monthly official estimate
16  Bahrain 1,719,000 0.42 7.30 117,000 10 1,234,571 April 27, 2010 Final 2010 census result
17  Cyprus 874,000 0.22 0.46 4,000 151 865,900 December 31, 2012 Official estimate
Total 406,253,000 100.00 2.15 8,563,000 33

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Calculated, when available, from the latest national censuses or most recent official estimates (many of which are cited in their respective column), using the exponential formula shown on the List of countries by past and future population article. This is done to normalize the different populations to a unique date, so that they are really comparable.
  2. ^ It corresponds to the following formula: projection2015/projection2014x100-100.
  3. ^ It corresponds to the calculation: projection2015*annual_growth/100.
  4. ^ It corresponds to the formula: LN(2)/LN(growth/100+1), which produces exactly the same result as LOG10(2)/LOG10(growth/100+1).
  5. ^ It comprises the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, separated between each other by an Israeli land corridor.