|Date of depopulation||20 May 1948|
|Cause(s) of depopulation||Influence of nearby town's fall|
British Mandate era
In the 1922 census of Palestine, conducted by the Mandatory Palestine authorities, Saffa had a population of 255 Muslims, increasing in the 1931 census to 540; 4 Christians and the rest Muslims, in 108 houses.
According to a land census report in 1944, land ownership in the village (in dunams) was as follows:
By 1944, a total of 7,449 dunums were used for cereals. The Arab population were occupied mainly in cereal farming. The village had a population of 225 in 1922. This had grown to 754 by 1948 with 150 houses.
- Barron, J. B., ed. (1923). Palestine: Report and General Abstracts of the Census of 1922. Government of Palestine.
- Department of Statistics (1945). Village Statistics, April, 1945. Government of Palestine.
- Hadawi, Sami (1970). Village Statistics of 1945: A Classification of Land and Area ownership in Palestine. Palestine Liberation Organization Research Center.
- Khalidi, Walid (1992). All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948. Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies. ISBN 0-88728-224-5.
- Mills, E., ed. (1932). Census of Palestine 1931. Population of Villages, Towns and Administrative Areas (PDF). Jerusalem: Government of Palestine.
- Morris, Benny (2004). The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-00967-6.