Iraq Population clock

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Source : United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs: Population Division external link .

Iraq population 2017

During 2017 Iraq population is projected to increased by 1 263 175 people and reach 39 518 029 in the beginning of 2018. The natural increase is expected to be positive, as the number of births will exceed the number of deaths by 1 138 464. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be increased by 124 711 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who move into Iraq (to which they are not native) in order to settle there as permanent residents (immigrants) will prevail over the number of people who leave the country to settle permanently in another country (emigrants).

Population change rates in 2017

According to our estimations, daily change rates of Iraq population in 2017 will be the following:

The population of Iraq will be increased by 3 461 persons daily in 2017.

Demographics of Iraq 2016

As of 1 January 2017, the population of Iraq was estimated to be 38 254 854 people. This is an increase of 3.30 % (1 222 798 people) compared to population of 37 032 056 the year before. In 2016 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 1 102 074. Due to external migration, the population increased by 120 725. The sex ratio of the total population was 1.007 (1 007 males per 1 000 females) which is lower than global sex ratio. The global sex ratio in the world was approximately 1 016 males to 1 000 females as of 2016.

Below are the key figures for Iraq population in 2016:

Growth Rate 1952 - 2017

Iraq population density

Iraq population density is 87.3 people per square kilometer as of April 2017. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of Iraq divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of Iraq. The total area of Iraq is 438 317 km2 according to the United Nations Statistics Division .

Iraq age structure

As of the beginning of 2017 according to our estimates Iraq had the following population age distribution:

38 58.9 3.1

- percentage of population under 15
- percentage of population between 15 and 64 years old
- percentage of population 65+

In absolute figures (estimate):

We prepared a simplified model of the population distribution pyramid which is broken down into 3 main age groups. The groups are the same as we used above: population under 15, between 15 and 64 and population which is over 65 year old.

65+
15-64
0-14
male female

Note: The pyramid provided is not corresponding to data given above because the age groups have different number of years.

As we can see the Iraq population pyramid has an expanding type. This type of pyramid is common for developing countries with high birth and death rates. Relatively short life expectancy, as well as low level of education and poor health care are also describe such kind of population age distribution model.

Source: The estimation data for section "Iraq age structure" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Age dependency ratio

Dependency ratio of population is a ratio of people who are generally not in the labor force (the dependents) to workforce of a country (the productive part of population). The dependent part includes the population under 15 years old and people aged 65 and over. The productive part of population accordingly consists of population between 15 and 64 years.

This ratio shows the pressure on productive population produced by the dependent part of population.

The total dependency ratio of population in Iraq is 69.8 %.

What does this value mean? It shows that the dependent part of population is more than a half of the working part. It means that the working population (labor force) in Iraq must provide goods for itself and cover expenditure on children and aged persons (this population is more than a half of working population). The value of more than 50% shows that the pressure on productive population in Iraq is relatively high.

Child dependency ratio

Child dependency ratio is a ratio of people below working age (under 15) to workforce of a country.

Child dependency ratio in Iraq is 64.6 %.

Aged dependency ratio

Aged dependency ratio is a ratio of people above working age (65+) to workforce of a country.

Aged dependency ratio in Iraq is 5.2 %.

Source: The estimation data for section "Iraq age dependency ratio" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Life expectancy

Life expectancy at birth is one of the most important demographic indicator. It shows the number of years a newborn infant would live assuming that birth and death rates will remain at the same level during the whole lifetime.

Total life expectancy (both sexes) at birth for Iraq is 70.6 years.
This is below the average life expectancy at birth of the global population which is about 71 years (according to Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations).

Male life expectancy at birth is 69.2 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 72 years.

Literacy of population

According to our estimates 18 905 817 persons or 79.75% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Iraq are able to read and write. Accordingly about 4 800 334 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 85.66% (10 253 511 persons). 1 717 198 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 73.73% (8 652 307 persons). 3 083 135 are illiterate.

Youth literacy rates are 82.42% and 80.61% for males and females accordingly. The overall youth literacy rate is 81.54%. Youth literacy rate definition covers the population between the ages of 15 to 24 years.

Source: The estimation data for section "Iraq population literacy" is based on the latest data published by UNESCO Institute for Statistics (retrieved March 13, 2016) external link.

Iraq historical population (1951 - 2017)

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.

Iraq population history

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
19515 810 349N/A %
19525 983 2602.98 %
19536 140 5712.63 %
19546 288 2832.41 %
19556 431 5452.28 %
19566 574 6482.23 %
19576 721 0202.23 %
19586 873 2802.27 %
19597 033 3352.33 %
19607 202 6342.41 %
19617 382 5572.50 %
19627 574 7872.60 %
19637 781 5672.73 %
19648 005 5572.88 %
19658 248 9963.04 %
19668 513 4793.21 %
19678 799 2833.36 %
19689 104 0423.46 %
19699 423 1313.50 %
19709 751 7793.49 %
197110 086 9433.44 %
197210 427 8753.38 %
197310 775 5083.33 %
197411 131 7373.31 %
197511 498 4453.29 %
197611 876 3903.29 %
197712 264 5963.27 %
197812 660 1123.22 %
197913 058 5683.15 %
198013 455 6343.04 %
198113 849 8162.93 %
198214 241 9672.83 %
198314 631 2692.73 %
198415 014 8112.62 %
198515 390 5712.50 %
198615 757 1302.38 %
198716 115 7922.28 %
198816 475 7142.23 %
198916 852 9382.29 %
199017 263 3112.44 %
199117 715 6822.62 %
199218 210 7152.79 %
199318 745 2442.94 %
199419 314 4313.04 %
199519 912 3273.10 %
199620 536 5843.14 %
199721 187 3823.17 %
199821 860 0963.18 %
199922 544 7183.13 %
200023 231 6763.05 %
200123 916 7732.95 %
200224 601 2942.86 %
200325 287 1102.79 %
200425 975 4782.72 %
200526 669 1212.67 %
200627 367 3482.62 %
200728 070 2612.57 %
200828 793 4332.58 %
200929 566 9812.69 %
201030 419 3952.88 %
201131 367 9573.12 %
201232 412 6903.33 %
201333 532 4943.45 %
201434 690 3303.45 %
201535 848 3443.34 %
201637 032 0563.30 %
201738 254 8543.30 %

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.