Syria Population clock (live)

24-06-2018 15:52:21
17,212,704
Current population
8,707,395
Current male population (50.6%)
8,505,309
Current female population (49.4%)
200,642
Births this year
807
Births today
46,725
Deaths this year
188
Deaths today
-342,315
Net migration this year
-1,378
Net migration today
-188,398
Population growth this year
-758
Population growth today

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

Quick facts about the population of Syria


Current population (as of Sunday, June 24 2018)
17,213,462
Total area
185,180 km2 (71,498 mi2)
Population density
93.0 per km2 (240.8 people/mi2)
Sex ratio
1.02 (8,707,395 men to 8,505,309 women)
Median age
20.2 years
Life expectancy
74.7 years (72.3 - men, 77.2 - women)
Literacy
86.4 %

(Population figures are estimates by Countrymeters (countrymeters.info) based on the latest United Nations data)

Syria population 2018

During 2018 Syria population is projected to decreased by -393,613 people and reach 17,007,489 in the beginning of 2019. The natural increase is expected to be positive, as the number of births will exceed the number of deaths by 321,572. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be declined by 715,185 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who leave Syria to settle permanently in another country (emigrants) will prevail over the number of people who move into the country (to which they are not native) in order to settle there as permanent residents (immigrants).

Population change rates in 2018

According to our estimations, daily change rates of Syria population in 2018 will be the following:

The population of Syria will be declined by 1,078 persons daily in 2018.

Demographics of Syria 2017

As of 1 January 2018, the population of Syria was estimated to be 17,401,102 people. This is a decrease of -2.26 % (-402,723 people) compared to population of 17,803,825 the year before. In 2017 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 329,015. Due to external migration, the population declined by 731,737. The sex ratio of the total population was 1.020 (1,020 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 2017.

Below are the key figures for Syria population in 2017:

Growth Rate 1952 - 2018

Syria population density

Syria population density is 94.0 people per square kilometer (243.4/mi2) as of June 2018. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of Syria divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of Syria. The total area of Syria is 185,180 km2 (71,498 mi2) according to the United Nations Statistics Division .

Religion in Syria

ReligionNumber of followersPercentage of total population
Islam15,974,09392.8
Christianity895,1005.2
Religiously Unaffiliated344,2692.0

Source: Pew Research Center. The Global Religious Landscape: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Major Religious Groups as of 2010 external link.

Number of followers estimated by Countrymeters external link (Sunday, June 24 2018).

Syria age structure

As of the beginning of 2018 according to our estimates Syria had the following population age distribution:

35.2 61 3.8

- 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 Syria 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 "Syria 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 Syria is 63.9 %.

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 Syria 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 Syria 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 Syria is 57.7 %.

Aged dependency ratio

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

Aged dependency ratio in Syria is 6.2 %.

Source: The estimation data for section "Syria 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 Syria is 74.7 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 72.3 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 77.2 years.

Literacy of population

According to our estimates 9,740,105 persons or 86.41% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Syria are able to read and write. Accordingly about 1,531,459 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 91.72% (5,227,953 persons). 471,952 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 80.98% (4,512,152 persons). 1,059,507 are illiterate.

Youth literacy rates are 97.11% and 95.55% for males and females accordingly. The overall youth literacy rate is 96.36%. Youth literacy rate definition covers the population between the ages of 15 to 24 years.

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

Syria historical population (1951 - 2018)

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

Syria population history

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
19513,456,990N/A %
19523,547,9392.63 %
19533,646,1342.77 %
19543,751,5132.89 %
19553,863,9253.00 %
19563,983,1273.08 %
19574,108,7883.15 %
19584,240,4973.21 %
19594,377,8033.24 %
19604,520,2873.25 %
19614,667,6873.26 %
19624,820,0123.26 %
19634,977,6273.27 %
19645,141,2023.29 %
19655,311,4563.31 %
19665,488,8083.34 %
19675,673,3813.36 %
19685,865,3633.38 %
19696,065,0913.41 %
19706,272,8683.43 %
19716,489,0843.45 %
19726,714,0663.47 %
19736,947,6203.48 %
19747,189,0803.48 %
19757,437,8433.46 %
19767,693,3053.43 %
19777,955,3793.41 %
19788,225,7473.40 %
19798,507,6253.43 %
19808,804,0303.48 %
19819,116,7103.55 %
19829,445,3903.61 %
19839,787,1753.62 %
198410,137,1593.58 %
198510,490,3653.48 %
198610,843,9823.37 %
198711,197,7453.26 %
198811,552,4953.17 %
198911,909,4663.09 %
199012,270,1273.03 %
199112,634,5592.97 %
199213,001,8832.91 %
199313,372,9152.85 %
199413,750,3342.82 %
199514,136,4942.81 %
199614,534,0862.81 %
199714,944,0862.82 %
199815,360,3802.79 %
199915,770,6142.67 %
200016,163,2402.49 %
200116,524,2322.23 %
200216,845,9681.95 %
200317,150,9301.81 %
200417,488,1261.97 %
200517,902,3782.37 %
200618,430,5212.95 %
200719,076,8993.51 %
200819,761,3273.59 %
200920,331,9642.89 %
201020,643,7371.53 %
201120,610,885-0.16 %
201220,239,962-1.80 %
201319,650,675-2.91 %
201419,047,537-3.07 %
201518,637,447-2.15 %
201618,215,868-2.26 %
201717,803,825-2.26 %
201817,401,102-2.26 %

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