Iraq Population clock (live)

14-12-2018 10:46:35
40,760,318
Current population
20,455,490
Current male population (50.2%)
20,304,828
Current female population (49.8%)
1,319,415
Births this year
1,863
Births today
199,775
Deaths this year
282
Deaths today
122,649
Net migration this year
173
Net migration today
1,242,289
Population growth this year
1,754
Population growth today

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

Quick facts about the population of Iraq


Current population (as of Friday, December 14 2018)
40,758,564
Total area
438,317 km2 (169,235 mi2)
Population density
93.0 per km2 (240.8 people/mi2)
Sex ratio
1.01 (20,455,490 men to 20,304,828 women)
Median age
19.4 years
Life expectancy
70.6 years (69.2 - men, 72.0 - women)
Literacy
79.7 %

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

Iraq population 2018

During 2018 Iraq population is projected to increased by 1,304,885 people and reach 40,822,914 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 1,176,057. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be increased by 128,829 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 2018

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

The population of Iraq will be increased by 3,575 persons daily in 2018.

Demographics of Iraq 2017

As of 1 January 2018, the population of Iraq was estimated to be 39,518,029 people. This is an increase of 3.30 % (1,263,175 people) compared to population of 38,254,854 the year before. In 2017 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 1,138,464. Due to external migration, the population increased by 124,711. The sex ratio of the total population was 1.010 (1,010 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 2017.

Below are the key figures for Iraq population in 2017:

Growth Rate 1952 - 2018

Iraq population density

Iraq population density is 90.2 people per square kilometer (233.5/mi2) as of December 2018. 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 (169,235 mi2) according to the United Nations Statistics Division .

Religion in Iraq

ReligionNumber of followersPercentage of total population
Islam40,350,97899.0
Christianity366,8270.9
Religiously Unaffiliated40,7590.1

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 (Friday, December 14 2018).

Iraq age structure

As of the beginning of 2018 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 19,530,088 persons or 79.75% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Iraq are able to read and write. Accordingly about 4,958,840 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 85.66% (10,592,082 persons). 1,773,900 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 73.73% (8,938,006 persons). 3,184,940 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 - 2018)

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 %
201839,518,0293.30 %

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

Population projection (2020-2100)

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
202041,502,883N/A %
202547,199,65613.73 %
203053,297,67112.92 %
203559,820,98312.24 %
204066,751,98511.59 %
204574,007,05310.87 %
205081,490,35710.11 %
205589,130,8359.38 %
206096,862,7828.67 %
2065104,689,9128.08 %
2070112,532,7087.49 %
2075120,327,0016.93 %
2080127,976,6856.36 %
2085135,396,9345.80 %
2090142,513,5735.26 %
2095149,251,0344.73 %
2100155,555,9934.22 %

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