Demographics of the Palestinian territories

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This article is about the demographic features of the population of the area which is commonly described as Palestinian territories and includes information on ethnicity, education level, health of the populace, economic status, religious affiliations and other aspects of that population.

According to a commonly used definition as relating to an application of the 1949 Armistice Agreement green line, the Palestinian territories have contributory parts of the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian National Authority, the United Nations Security Council,[1] the United Nations General Assembly,[2] the European Union,[3] the International Court of Justice,[4] and the International Committee of the Red Cross[5] use the terminology "Palestinian territories" or "occupied Palestinian territories". Israel refers to the administrative division encompassing Israeli-controlled Jewish-majority civilian areas of Area C of the West Bank, excluding East Jerusalem, as Judea and Samaria Area (Hebrew: אֵזוֹר יְהוּדָה וְשׁוֹמְרוֹן‬, Ezor Yehuda VeShomron).[6]

Overview[edit]

The demographic statistics of the CIA World Factbook and the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics estimated that the collective Palestinian Arab population in the region of Palestine, including Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip, amounted to 5,79 million people in 2017.[7][8] Thereof, 2.16 million Arabs live in the West Bank, 1.84 million Arabs live in Israel, and 1.79 million Arabs live in the Gaza Strip.[7][8]

The demographic statistics of the CIA World Factbook and the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics estimated (2017) that the collective population in the Palestinian territories amounted to 4,543,126 million people in 2017. Thereof, 2,155,743 Arabs live in the West Bank, 1,795,183 Arabs live in the Gaza Strip, and 391,000 Jews live in the West Bank.[8] Approximately 201,200 Jews live in East Jerusalem.[8] East Jerusalem, once occupied illegally by Jordan, came under Israeli rule after the 1967 Six-Day War.[9] In the Palestinian territories, c. 86% of the population is Arab (predominantly Sunni), c. 13% is Jewish, other <1% (cf. Israel: Jewish 74%, Arab 21%, other 5%).[8]

According to the UN, the population in the State of Palestine was c. 4.9 million in 2017, resulting in an estimated population density of 817 capita per km2.[10] According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), the number of Palestinians in the Palestinian Territory was 3,935,249 in 2009, resulting in a calculated population density of 654 capita per km2, of which 433 capita/km2 in the West Bank including Jerusalem and 4,073 capita/km2 in Gaza Strip.[11] In the mid-2009, the share of population less than 15 years was 41.9% and above 65 years 3%.[11]

Out of 224 listed countries and territories, the West Bank ranked 48th with a total fertility rate (TFR) of 3.27, and the Gaza Strip ranked 31st with a TFR of 4.13 (2017 est.), according to the CIA World Factbook 2017.[12] In 2017, the West Bank had an estimated population growth rate of 1.84% (country comparison to the world: 56th) and the Gaza Strip had a population growth rate of 2.33% (31th).[13][14][15]

Population (mid-year)[16][17][18]
Year West Bank Gaza Total
1970 0.69 0.34 1.03
1980 0.90 0.46 1.36
1990 1.25 0.65 1.90
2000 1.98 1.13 3.11
2010 2.52 1.60 4.12
2014 2.73 1.82 4.55
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
2006 2.5 1.5 4.0
2009 2.48 1.45 3.94
Source: Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics
Name Population
(2017)
Area
(km2)
Pop. density
(capita per km2)
West Bank [14] 2,747,943 5,860 469 [19]
Gaza Strip [13] 1,795,183 360 4,987 [20]
Total 4,543,126 6,220 730[21]
Palestinian territories[22]
YearPop.±% p.a.
1997 2,783,084—    
1998 2,871,568+3.18%
1999 2,962,226+3.16%
2000 3,053,335+3.08%
2001 3,138,471+2.79%
2002 3,225,214+2.76%
2003 3,314,509+2.77%
2004 3,407,417+2.80%
2005 3,508,126+2.96%
2006 3,611,198+2.94%
2007 3,719,189+2.99%
2008 3,825,512+2.86%
2009 3,935,249+2.87%
2010 4,048,403+2.88%
2011 4,168,860+2.98%
2012 4,293,313+2.99%
2013 4,420,549+2.96%
2014 4,550,368+2.94%
2015 4,682,467+2.90%
2016 4,816,503+2.86%
2017 4,952,168+2.82%
West Bank[22]
YearPop.±% p.a.
2012 2,649,020—    
2013 2,719,112+2.65%
2014 2,790,331+2.62%
2015 2,862,485+2.59%
2016 2,935,368+2.55%
2017 3,008,770+2.50%
Gaza Strip[22]
YearPop.±% p.a.
2012 1,644,293—    
2013 1,701,437+3.48%
2014 1,760,037+3.44%
2015 1,819,982+3.41%
2016 1,881,135+3.36%
2017 1,943,398+3.31%

Vital statistics[edit]

UN estimates [23][edit]

Period Live births per year Deaths per year Natural change per year CBR1 CDR1 NC1 TFR1 IMR1
1950–1955 44 000 19 000 25 000 46.7 20.0 26.7 7.38 158.2
1955–1960 49 000 19 000 30 000 46.7 18.5 28.2 7.38 147.0
1960–1965 59 000 19 000 40 000 52.5 16.8 35.7 8.00 129.9
1965–1970 60 000 16 000 43 000 52.5 14.0 38.5 8.00 109.1
1970–1975 60 000 14 000 46 000 46.6 11.2 35.4 7.69 89.8
1975–1980 67 000 13 000 54 000 47.8 8.9 38.9 7.50 70.6
1980–1985 73 000 11 000 62 000 44.6 6.8 37.8 7.05 53.0
1985–1990 83 000 11 000 72 000 45.1 5.5 39.6 6.43 40.0
1990–1995 107 000 11 000 96 000 45.6 4.8 40.8 6.59 32.9
1995–2000 118 000 12 000 106 000 42.0 4.1 37.9 5.77 27.6
2000–2005 122 000 13 000 109 000 39.1 3.8 35.3 5.05 24.6
2005–2010 128 000 14 000 115 000 35.9 3.6 32.3 4.65 22.2
2010–2015 144 000 16 000 128 000 4.28
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

Births and deaths [24]

Year Population (x1000) Live births Deaths Natural increase Crude birth rate Crude death rate Rate of natural increase TFR
2010 137 085 10 764 126 231 4.4
2011 131 430 11 333 120 097
2012 129 826 11 676 118 150
2013 126 912 11 013 115 899 4.1

Population pyramids[25][edit]

Census (01/12/2007) (Data have not been adjusted for underenumeration. Excluding data from the parts of Jerusalem which were annexed by Israel in 1967.)

Census (01/12/2007) :

Age group Male Female Total %
Total 1 747 284 1 696 544 3 443 828 100
0-4 266 052 253 883 519 935 15.10
5-9 239 156 227 724 466 880 13.56
10-14 238 306 227 967 466 273 13.54
15-19 211 464 202 975 414 439 12.03
20-24 158 374 151 561 309 935 9.00
25-29 128 068 124 159 252 227 7.32
30-34 108 945 106 343 215 288 6.25
35-39 90 155 86 905 177 060 5.14
40-44 81 186 75 328 156 514 4.54
45-49 60 832 56 748 117 580 3.41
50-54 41 606 41 695 83 301 2.42
55-59 32 011 30 999 63 010 1.83
60-64 22 060 25 769 47 829 1.39
65-69 13 853 19 844 33 697 0.98
70-74 12 689 16 627 29 316 0.85
75-79 8 599 12 536 21 135 0.61
80-84 4 861 6 888 11 749 0.34
85-89 2 318 3 026 5 344 0.16
90-94 871 1 133 2 004 0.06
95+ 464 597 1 061 0.03
unknown 25 414 23 837 49 251 0.14
Age group Male Female Total Percent
0-14 743 514 709 574 1 453 088 42.19
15-64 934 701 902 482 1 837 183 53.35
65+ 43 655 60 651 104 306 3.03
Estimates (01/07/2013)

Estimates (01/07/2013) :

Age group Male Female Total %
Total 2 245 400 2 175 149 4 420 549 100
0-4 333 246 319 213 652 459 14.76
5-9 295 678 283 886 579 564 13.11
10-14 275 428 263 679 539 107 12.20
15-19 262 267 251 710 513 977 11.63
20-24 230 888 221 790 452 678 10.24
25-29 182 448 174 730 357 178 8.08
30-34 144 721 138 652 283 373 6.41
35-39 122 846 119 333 242 179 5.48
40-44 103 233 100 276 203 509 4.60
45-49 87 969 82 580 170 549 3.86
50-54 70 535 65 239 135 774 3.07
55-59 48 912 46 910 95 822 2.17
60-64 32 353 33 581 65 934 1.49
65-69 21 985 26 414 48 399 1.09
70-74 14 201 19 831 34 032 0.77
75-79 9 344 13 728 23 072 0.52
80+ 9 346 13 597 22 943 0.52
Age group Male Female Total Percent
0-14 904 352 866 778 1 771 130 40.07
15-64 1 286 172 1 234 801 2 520 973 57.03
65+ 54 876 73 570 128 446 2.91

Palestinian Central Bureau [26][edit]

fertility rate (Gaza) birth rate (Gaza) death rate (Gaza) Natural change(Gaza)
1997 45.4 4.7 40.7
2000 44.5 4.3 40.2
2005 42.2 3.9 39.3
2009 36.9 4.1 32.8
2010 4.9 37.1 4.0 33.1
2011 37.2 3.9 34.3
2013 37.1 3.7 34.4
fertility rate (West Bank) birth rate (West Bank) death rate (West Bank) Natural change(West Bank)
1997 41.2 5.1 36.1
2000 38.8 4.6 34.2
2005 34.5 4.1 30.4
2009 30.1 4.4 25.7
2010 3.8 30.1 4.2 25.9
2011 30.1 4.1 26.0
2013 29.7 4.0 25.7

Life expectancy[edit]

Average life expectancy at age 0 of the total population.[27]

Period Life expectancy in
Years
Period Life expectancy in
Years
1950–1955 46.6 1985–1990 67.1
1955–1960 48.2 1990–1995 68.9
1960–1965 50.8 1995–2000 70.3
1965–1970 54.1 2000–2005 71.2
1970–1975 57.5 2005–2010 72.0
1975–1980 61.0 2010–2015 72.9
1980–1985 64.4

Demographics of the West Bank[edit]

Population pyramid Gaza Strip 2016
Population pyramid West Bank 2016

The following demographic statistics are from the CIA World Factbook, unless otherwise indicated.

Population[edit]

Total 2,747,943 (July 2017 est.); 78% of the population is Arab (predominantly Sunni), 21% is Jewish[8] (cf. Israel: Jewish 74%, Arab 21%, other 5%; and Gaza: Arab 99%)[28]

  • Palestinian Arab 2,155,743 (July 2017 est.), 78,5%[8]
  • Israeli Jew 592,200 (2016, 2014 est.), 21,5%[8]
    • approximately 391,000 Israeli Jews thereof live in the West Bank (2016)
    • approximately 201,200 Israeli Jews thereof live in East Jerusalem (2014)

Age structure[edit]

0–14 years: 33.7% (male 472,476/female 448,078)

15–24 years: 21.7% (male 303,578/female 289,119)

25–54 years: 36.4% (male 511,443/female 483,276)

55–64 years: 3.8% (male 59,762/female 59,372)

65 years and over: 3.8% (male 43,629/female 60,315) (2014 est.)

Population growth rate[edit]

1.99% (2014 est.)

Birth rate[edit]

24.56 births/1,000 population (2011 est.)

Mortality rate[edit]

3.51 deaths/1,000 population (2014 est.)

Net migration rate[edit]

0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2008 est.)

Sex ratio[edit]

at birth: 1.06 male(s)/female

under 15 years: 1.05 male(s)/female

15–64 years: 1.05 male(s)/female

65 years and over: 0.71 male(s)/female

total population: 1.04 male(s)/female (2011 est.)

Infant mortality rate[edit]

total: 14.92 deaths/1,000 live births
male: 16.73 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 13.01 deaths/1,000 live births (2011 est.)

Life expectancy at birth[edit]

total population: 75.01 years
male: 72.97 years
female: 77.17 years (2011 est.)

Total fertility rate[edit]

2.83 children born/woman (2014 est.)

  • Jewish population: 5.07 children born/woman (West Bank alone)[29]

Nationality[edit]

noun: Arabs: Palestinian

Ethnic groups[edit]

Arab (Palestinian): 83%
Israeli Jewish and other: 17%

Religions[edit]

Muslim 80–85% (predominantly Sunni; also non-denominational), Christian 1.0–2.5%, Jewish 12–14%[8]

Languages[edit]

Arabic, English (compulsory in schools, widely spoken by Palestinians), and Hebrew (spoken by Israeli Jews in the West Bank, and spoken by many Palestinians) are commonly known.

Literacy[edit]

definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 92.4%
male: 96.7%
female: 88% (2011 est.)

Demographics of the Gaza Strip[edit]

The following demographic statistics come from the CIA World Factbook (2006-2014), unless otherwise indicated.

Population[edit]

Current: 1,816,379 (July 2014 est.)[30]

In 2010 approximately 1.6 million Palestinians lived in the Gaza Strip[31], almost 1.0 million of them UN-registered refugees.[32]

The Strip's population has continued to increase since that time, one of the main reasons being a total fertility rate of 4.24 children per woman (2014 est). In a ranking by total fertility rate, this places Gaza 34th of 224 regions.[33]

Age structure[edit]

0–14 years: 44.7% (male 343,988/female 325,856)
15–64 years: 52.7% (male 403,855/female 386,681)
65 years and over: 2.7% (male 16,196/female 23,626) (2008 est.)

Population growth rate[edit]

3.422% (2008 est.)

Birth rate[edit]

39.45 births/1,000 population (2006 est.)

Mortality rate[edit]

3.8 deaths/1,000 population (2006 est.)

Net migration rate[edit]

0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2008 est.)

Sex ratio[edit]

at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
15–64 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.71 male(s)/female
total population: 1.04 male(s)/female (2006 est.)

Infant mortality rate[edit]

total population: 22.4/1,000 live births
male: 23.48/1,000 live births
female: 21.27/1,000 live births (2006 est.)

Life expectancy at birth[edit]

total population: 71.97 years
male: 70.67 years
female: 73.34 years (2006 est.)

Total fertility rate[edit]

4.18 children born/woman (2013 est.)

Nationality[edit]

noun: Palestinians
adjective: Palestinian

Ethnic groups[edit]

Arab (Palestinian) 98.7%

Religions[edit]

Sunni Muslim 98–99 %, Arab Christians 0.2% (2,000 to 3,000 est.), other, unaffiliated, unspecified <1.0% (2012 est.).[34][35]

Languages[edit]

Arabic, Hebrew (spoken by many Palestinians), English (widely understood)

Literacy[edit]

definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 91.9%
male: 96.3%
female: 87.4% (2003 est.)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  18. ^ Palestinians at the End of Year 2006 Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics
  19. ^ cf. South Korea 507 capita per km2
  20. ^ cf. Hong Kong 6,544 capita per km2
  21. ^ cf. Guernsey 965 capita per km2 and Taiwan 650 cap. per km2
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  34. ^ Middle East Christians: Gaza pastor BBC News, 21 December 2005
  35. ^ https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/gz.html

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