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



Kuwait population 2017

During 2017 Kuwait population is projected to increased by 201 111 people and reach 4 398 787 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 76 104. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be increased by 125 007 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who move into Kuwait (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 dynamics in 2017

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

The population of Kuwait will be increased by 551 persons daily in 2017.

Population of Kuwait 2016

As of 1 January 2017, the population of Kuwait was estimated to be 4 197 676 people. This is an increase of 4.79 % (191 916 people) compared to population of 4 005 760 the year before. In 2016 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 72 624. Due to external migration, the population increased by 119 292. The sex ratio of the total population was 1.477 (1 477 males per 1 000 females) which is higher than global sex ratio. The global sex ratio in the world was approximately 1 016 males to 1 000 females as of 2016. See also map of the world by sex ratio of total population.

Below are the key figures for Kuwait population in 2016:

Kuwait population density

Kuwait population density is 235.6 people per square kilometer as of February 2017. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of Kuwait divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of Kuwait. The total area of Kuwait is 17 820 km2 according to the United Nations Statistics Division .

Kuwait age structure

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

25.8 72.2 2

- 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 Kuwait 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 "Kuwait 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 Kuwait is 38.5 %.

The value of 38.5 % is relatively low. It shows that the dependent part of population is less than a half of the working part. In other words the working population (labor force) in Kuwait must provide goods for itself and cover expenditure on children and aged persons. And this part of population is less than 50% of working population. The value of less than 50% means that the pressure on productive population in Kuwait is relatively low.

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 Kuwait is 35.8 %.

Aged dependency ratio

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

Aged dependency ratio in Kuwait is 2.7 %.

Source: The estimation data for section "Kuwait 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 Kuwait is 77.1 years.
This is above 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 76 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 78.3 years.

Literacy of population

According to our estimates 2 993 187 persons or 96.13% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Kuwait are able to read and write. Accordingly about 120 355 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 96.87% (1 846 750 persons). 59 750 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 94.98% (1 146 436 persons). 60 606 are illiterate.

Youth literacy rates are 99.58% and 99.49% for males and females accordingly. The overall youth literacy rate is 99.54%. Youth literacy rate definition covers the population between the ages of 15 to 24 years.

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

Kuwait historical population (1951 - 2017)

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

Growth Rate 1952 - 2017

Kuwait population history

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
1951157 941N/A %
1952168 6276.77 %
1953177 7905.43 %
1954185 3844.27 %
1955191 8033.46 %
1956197 8923.17 %
1957204 9483.57 %
1958214 6564.74 %
1959228 9616.66 %
1960249 7399.07 %
1961278 30111.44 %
1962314 90013.15 %
1963358 41313.82 %
1964406 51613.42 %
1965456 77012.36 %
1966507 84711.18 %
1967559 67610.21 %
1968612 5019.44 %
1969666 5238.82 %
1970722 0308.33 %
1971779 0427.90 %
1972837 3247.48 %
1973896 7827.10 %
1974957 5426.78 %
19751 019 7276.49 %
19761 083 3256.24 %
19771 148 2015.99 %
19781 214 2685.75 %
19791 281 5135.54 %
19801 349 8855.34 %
19811 418 3635.07 %
19821 485 6194.74 %
19831 552 5304.50 %
19841 622 0634.48 %
19851 696 6204.60 %
19861 779 2614.87 %
19871 870 5765.13 %
19881 960 2984.80 %
19892 028 5443.48 %
19902 056 6381.38 %
19912 032 971-1.15 %
19921 958 103-3.68 %
19931 850 304-5.51 %
19941 741 701-5.87 %
19951 664 461-4.43 %
19961 637 469-1.62 %
19971 662 0811.50 %
19981 726 2523.86 %
19991 809 7004.83 %
20001 891 3114.51 %
20011 959 7463.62 %
20022 016 1192.88 %
20032 069 1042.63 %
20042 131 1693.00 %
20052 214 9743.93 %
20062 326 5515.04 %
20072 464 0455.91 %
20082 621 9416.41 %
20092 793 2676.53 %
20102 970 3586.34 %
20113 149 3276.03 %
20123 329 3815.72 %
20133 506 6355.32 %
20143 673 4054.76 %
20153 822 6184.06 %
20164 005 7604.79 %
20174 197 6764.79 %

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