The Population

 
The estimated population of Jordan is 6.100.000 in July 2008

 

 

   Demography

In 2005, the growth rate of the population was 2.30 % with a birth rate of 28.00 per 1000 and a death rate of 7.00 per 1000. The infant mortality rate is 24.00 per 1000.

 

 
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
Number of registered Births (per 1000)
143
146.1
148.3
150.2
152.3
Number of Registered Deaths (per 1000)
16.2
17.0
16.9
17.0
17.9
Number of registered Marriages (per 1000)
49.8
46.9
48.8

53.8

56.4

Crude Birth rate (per 1000)

28
29
27
29
28
Crude Death rate (per 1000)
5
5
5
7
7

Crude Marriage rate (per 1000)

9.7
8.8
8.9
10
10.3

   Life expectancy

Life expectancy is in average 71.50 years for the Jordanian population. The fecundity index is 3.70 children by woman in childbearing age. 

   The structure of the population

Most of the Jordanian population is composed of Arab origin (98 %). But we find also in the country other ethnic groups: Circassians (population coming from Caucasus , who fled the Russian occupation and sought refuge in the Ottoman empire ), Armenians (1 %), Druze etc.

   The religious structure

The religion of the largest proportion of the population is Islam. There also exists a Christian community (6 % of the population with an Orthodox Greek majority but also Catholics, Assyrians, Copts, Armenians and Protestants).

The great majority of Muslims are of Sunni allegiance (92 %) and there is also a minority of Shiite and Druze.

 

 

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