Demographics of Saudi Arabia
|Demographics of Saudi Arabia|
|Population||27,345,986 (2014 January)|
|Growth rate||1.49% (2014)|
|Birth rate||18.78 births/1,000 population (2014)|
|Death rate||3.32 deaths/1,000 population (2014)|
|Life expectancy||74.82 years|
|• male||72.79 years|
|• female||76.94 years (2014)|
|Fertility rate||2.17 children born/woman (2014)|
|Infant mortality rate||14.58 deaths/1,000|
|65 and over||3.2%|
|At birth||1.05 male(s)/female|
|Under 15||1.05 male(s)/female|
|15–64 years||1.22 male(s)/female|
|65 and over||1.08 male(s)/female|
|Nationality||noun: Saudi(s) adjective: Saudi|
This article is about the demographic features of the population of Saudi Arabia, including population density, ethnicity, education level, health of the populace, economic status, religious affiliations, and other aspects of the population.
Saudi Arabia's population as of the April 2010 census was 27,136,977: 18,707,576 Saudi nationals and 8,429,401 non-nationals. About 51% of the population is under the age of 25 (as of Feb 2012). Until the 1960s, most of the population was nomadic or seminomadic; due to rapid economic and urban growth, more than 95% of the population is now settled. 80% of Saudis live in three major urban centers—Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam.  Some cities and oases have densities of more than 1,000 people per square kilometer (2,600/mile²). Saudi Arabia's population is characterized by rapid growth and a large cohort of youths.
Saudi Arabia hosts one of the pillars of Islam, which obliges all Muslims to make the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca, at least once during their lifetime if they are able to do so. The cultural environment in Saudi Arabia is highly conservative; the country adheres to a strict interpretation of Islamic religious law (Sharia). Cultural presentations must conform to narrowly defined standards of ethics. Men and women are not permitted to attend public events together and are segregated in the work place.
Most Saudis are ethnically Arabs, the majority of whom immigrated as pilgrims and reside in the Hejaz region along the Red Sea coast such as Jeddah, Mecca and Medina. According to a random survey, most would-be Saudis come from the Subcontinent and Arab countries. Many Arabs from nearby countries are employed in the kingdom. There also are significant numbers of Asian expatriates, mostly from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and the Philippines. In the 1970s and 1980s, there was also a significant community of South Korean migrant labourers, numbering in the hundreds of thousands, but most have since returned home; the South Korean government's statistics showed only 1,200 of their nationals living in the kingdom as of 2005[update]. There are more than 100,000 Westerners in Saudi Arabia, most of whom live in private compounds in the major cities such as Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dhahran. The government prohibits non-Muslims from entering the cities of Mecca and Medinah.
- 1 Vital statistics
- 2 Population statistics
- 3 Largest cities
- 4 Ethnic groups
- 5 Religion
- 6 Languages
- 7 References
- 8 External links
|Period||Live births per year||Deaths per year||Natural change per year||CBR1||CDR1||NC1||TFR1||IMR1|
|1950–1955||159 000||81 000||78 000||47.9||24.3||23.5||7.18||204.3|
|1955–1960||180 000||83 000||98 000||47.6||21.9||25.7||7.18||183.1|
|1960–1965||210 000||86 000||124 000||47.6||19.6||28.1||7.26||162.6|
|1965–1970||248 000||88 000||159 000||46.9||16.7||30.2||7.26||139.2|
|1970–1975||304 000||88 000||216 000||46.4||13.4||33.0||7.30||106.6|
|1975–1980||378 000||86 000||292 000||44.1||10.0||34.1||7.28||78.2|
|1980–1985||491 000||86 000||405 000||42.7||7.5||35.2||7.02||57.0|
|1985–1990||562 000||86 000||476 000||38.3||5.8||32.4||6.22||42.3|
|1990–1995||579 000||85 000||495 000||33.5||4.9||28.6||5.45||30.2|
|1995–2000||573 000||87 000||486 000||29.7||4.5||25.2||4.51||22.2|
|2000–2005||545 000||91 000||454 000||24.7||4.1||20.6||3.54||19.4|
|2005–2010||569 000||98 000||470 000||22.1||3.8||18.3||3.03||18.5|
|1 CBR = crude birth rate (per 1000); CDR = crude death rate (per 1000); NC = natural change (per 1000); TFR = total fertility rate (number of children per woman); IMR = infant mortality rate per 1000 births|
The following Saudi Arabia Census 2007 
Estimates of the young population of Saudi Arabia vary. Carlye Murphy gives the figure of 51% of the population being under the age of 25 (as of February 2012). The Economist magazine estimates 60% of the Saudi population under the age of 21 (dated March 3, 2012).
0–14 years: 32.4%
15–64 years: 64.8%
65 years and over: 2.8%
Total Population 23,980,834 (2007 Census Population)
total: 25.3 years
male: 26.4 years
female: 23.9 years (2011 est.)
Population growth rate
1.536% (2011 est)
Total fertility rate
2.26 children born/woman. (2012 est.)
at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
under 45 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
45–64 years: 1.27 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 1.03 male(s)/female
total population: 1.37 male(s)/female (2010 est.)
Life expectancy at birth
total: 75.29 years male: 73.51 years female: 77.16 years (2011 est.) 
85% of total population (2011)
adjective: Saudi or Saudi Arabian
The CIA Factbook estimated that as of 2013[update] foreign nationals living in Saudi Arabia made up about 21% of the population. Other sources report differing estimates. Indian: 1.3 million, Pakistani: 1.5 million, Egyptian: 900,000, Yemeni: 800,000, Bangladeshi: 500,000, Filipino: 500,000, Jordanian/Palestinian: 260,000, Indonesian: 250,000, Sri Lankan: 350,000, Sudanese: 250,000, Syrian: 100,000 and Turkish: 100,000. There are around 100,000 Westerners in Saudi Arabia, most of whom live in compounds or gated communities.
Foreign Muslims who have resided in the kingdom for ten years may apply for Saudi citizenship. (Priority is given to holders of degrees in various scientific fields, and exception made for Palestinians who are excluded unless married to Saudi national, because of Arab League instructions barring the Arab states from granting them citizenship.)
As Saudi population grows and oil export revenues stagnate, pressure for "Saudization" (the replacement of foreign workers with Saudis) has grown, and the Saudi government hopes to decrease the number of foreign nationals in the country. Saudi Arabia expelled 800,000 Yemenis in 1990 and 1991. and has built a Saudi–Yemen barrier against an influx of illegal immigrants and against the smuggling of drugs and weapons. In November 2013, Saudi Arabia expelled thousands of illegal Ethiopians from the Kingdom. Various Human Rights entities have criticised Saudi Arabia's handling of the issue.
The government does not conduct census on religion, but estimates put the percentage of the majority Sunnis at 85–90% while Shiites, who comprise the largest Muslim minority, at 10–15% of the population. Shiites (Twelvers) are primarily concentrated in the Eastern Province, where they constitute over two-third of the population. Other smaller communities (Ismailis and Zaidis) reside in the south, with Ismailis constituting around half of the population of the province of Nejran, and a small percentage of the Holy Islamic cities of Mecca and Medina. There is also a Christian population of uncertain size.
The official language of Saudi Arabia is Arabic. The three main regional variants spoken by Saudis are Hejazi Arabic (about 6 million speakers), Najdi Arabic (about 8 million speakers), and Gulf Arabic (about 0.2 million speakers). Saudi Sign Language is the principal language of the deaf community. The large expatriate communities also speak their own languages, the most numerous of which are Tagalog (700,000), Rohingya (400,000), Urdu (380,000), and Egyptian Arabic (300,000).
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