Iran Population clock (live)

84,674,836
Current population
42,941,302
Current male population (50.7%)
41,733,534
Current female population (49.3%)
231,862
Births year to date
980
Births today
59,980
Deaths year to date
253
Deaths today
-9,975
Net migration year to date
-42
Net migration today
161,907
Population growth year to date
684
Population growth today

25-02-2021 04:36:04

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

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Quick facts about the population of Iran

Current population (as of Thursday, February 25, 2021)
84,674,152
Population rank
18 (1.08% of world population)
Total area
1,648,195 km2 (636,372 mi2)
Population density
51.4 per km2 (133.1 people/mi2)
Sex ratio
1.03 (42,941,302 men to 41,733,534 women)
Median age
29.5 years
Life expectancy
70.1 years (68.6 - men, 71.6 - women)
Literacy
86.8 %

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

Iran population 2021

During 2021 Iran population is projected to increase by 1,069,934 people and reach 85,582,863 in the beginning of 2022. The natural increase is expected to be positive, as the number of births will exceed the number of deaths by 1,135,854. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be declined by 65,920 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who leave Iran 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 2021

According to our estimations, daily change rates of Iran population in 2021 will be the following:

The population of Iran will be increasing by 2,931 persons daily in 2021.

Demographics of Iran 2020

As of 1 January 2021, the population of Iran was estimated to be 84,512,929 people. This is an increase of 1.27 % (1,056,558 people) compared to population of 83,456,371 the year before. In 2020 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 1,121,654. Due to external migration, the population declined by 65,096. The sex ratio of the total population was 1.029 (1,029 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 2020.

Below are the key figures for Iran population in 2020:

Growth Rate 1952 - 2021

Iran population density

Iran population density is 51.3 people per square kilometer (132.8/mi2) as of February 2021. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of Iran divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of Iran. The total area of Iran is 1,648,195 km2 (636,372 mi2) according to the United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Religion in Iran

Religion Number of followers Percentage of
total population
Islam84,250,78199.5 %
Other169,3480.2 %
Christianity169,3480.2 %
Religiously Unaffiliated84,6740.1 %

Source: Pew Research Center. The Global Religious Landscape external link.

Number of followers estimated by Countrymeters external link (Thursday, February 25 2021).

Iran age structure

As of the beginning of 2021 according to our estimates Iran had the following population age distribution:

24.1 70.9 5

- 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 Iran population pyramid has a stationary type. Countries with such type of pyramid usually have declining birth rate and relatively low death rate. Which is more common for developed countries.

Source: The estimation data for section "Iran 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 Iran is 41 %.

The value of 41 % 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 Iran 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 Iran 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 Iran is 33.9 %.

Aged dependency ratio

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

Aged dependency ratio in Iran is 7.1 %.

Source: The estimation data for section "Iran 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 Iran is 70.1 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). external link

Male life expectancy at birth is 68.6 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 71.6 years.

Literacy of population

According to our estimates 55,777,866 persons or 86.9% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Iran are able to read and write. Accordingly about 8,405,477 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 91.19% (29,611,583 persons). 2,860,819 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 82.52% (26,166,283 persons). 5,544,658 are illiterate.

Youth literacy rates are 98.53% and 98.17% for males and females accordingly. The overall youth literacy rate is 98.36%. Youth literacy rate definition covers the population between the ages of 15 to 24 years.

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

Iran historical population (1951 - 2021)

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

Iran population history

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
195117,319,600N/A %
195217,726,2262.35 %
195318,153,0672.41 %
195418,597,7672.45 %
195519,060,3822.49 %
195619,539,8122.52 %
195720,037,7582.55 %
195820,551,9862.57 %
195921,083,0672.58 %
196021,630,2572.60 %
196122,195,9972.62 %
196222,778,2692.62 %
196323,378,2802.63 %
196423,995,7652.64 %
196524,634,0192.66 %
196625,292,3742.67 %
196725,973,9282.69 %
196826,677,1292.71 %
196927,401,7622.72 %
197028,142,4782.70 %
197128,900,8822.69 %
197229,680,6082.70 %
197330,493,9212.74 %
197431,349,7212.81 %
197532,262,0032.91 %
197633,234,6173.01 %
197734,272,9013.12 %
197835,386,6843.25 %
197936,604,2233.44 %
198037,947,5553.67 %
198139,431,4463.91 %
198241,041,4314.08 %
198342,760,2994.19 %
198444,559,8314.21 %
198546,417,6984.17 %
198648,311,5924.08 %
198750,234,9683.98 %
198852,140,6933.79 %
198953,956,8283.48 %
199055,600,4553.05 %
199157,028,0142.57 %
199258,232,7102.11 %
199359,255,9451.76 %
199460,160,7471.53 %
199561,020,1351.43 %
199661,871,1171.39 %
199762,719,0721.37 %
199863,557,5061.34 %
199964,389,7631.31 %
200065,214,3831.28 %
200166,039,6471.27 %
200266,870,3901.26 %
200367,707,3181.25 %
200468,539,3761.23 %
200569,360,1451.20 %
200670,161,8071.16 %
200770,948,8291.12 %
200871,730,6841.10 %
200972,526,0261.11 %
201073,347,1191.13 %
201174,202,3241.17 %
201275,089,8921.20 %
201376,014,7941.23 %
201476,977,9091.27 %
201577,983,2071.31 %
201679,031,0281.34 %
201780,123,5011.38 %
201881,241,6751.40 %
201982,361,6251.38 %
202083,456,3711.33 %
202184,512,9291.27 %

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

Population projection (2020-2100)

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
202083,587,129N/A %
202586,729,7813.76 %
203088,863,3162.46 %
203590,478,7851.82 %
204091,899,4681.57 %
204593,045,0871.25 %
205093,553,4500.55 %
205593,147,419-0.43 %
206091,802,470-1.44 %
206589,721,568-2.27 %
207087,177,098-2.84 %
207584,401,122-3.18 %
208081,606,257-3.31 %
208579,001,901-3.19 %
209076,667,127-2.96 %
209574,533,600-2.78 %
210072,462,293-2.78 %

The data is given as of 1st of July of an year (medium fertility variant).

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