Jordan’s population reaches 11.4 million, demographic trends & challenges

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AMMAN — The Higher Population Council revealed that the current population size in Jordan reached 11.4 million people in mid-2023, with at least one-third of them not holding Jordanian citizenship.اضافة اعلان

During a conference held on Monday, the Council stated that the number of registered births from 2021 to 2022 amounted to approximately 2.68 million newborns, with an average annual birth rate of around 200,000 births (1.25 million births every six years), Alsaa reported.

According to the report, several factors play a significant role in shaping the population dynamics in Jordan.

Households and dwellings
Firstly, there is a growing number of new households and dwellings, indicating the need for adequate housing and infrastructure development. This increase in population also puts pressure on the demand for essential resources, such as water and basic needs, requiring effective management and allocation strategies.

Individuals entering the working age
Additionally, the number of individuals entering the working age contributes to the country's economic growth and productivity. However, there is a concerning issue of unemployment among the youth, highlighting the need for targeted interventions to address this challenge.

Number of girls reaching childbearing age
Furthermore, the number of girls reaching marriage and childbearing age is a significant demographic factor, currently standing at 2.79 per 100 women in the age range of 15-49 years. This implies potential implications for population growth and reproductive health programs. The number of births also influences population growth and requires appropriate healthcare and social services.

Traffic congestion
Moreover, the increasing number of drivers and vehicles contributes to traffic congestion, necessitating efficient transportation infrastructure and traffic management measures. Lastly, the aging population is a noteworthy aspect, with 613,000 individuals aged 60 and above, and 417,000 individuals aged 65 and above, requiring tailored healthcare services, social support, and policies to meet their needs.

Geographic distribution
The report also addressed the geographic distribution of the population, noting that it is imbalanced and detrimental to the environment, rural economy, food security, and poses financial and administrative burdens. 8 percent of the population resides in the southern half of the Kingdom's four governorates, while 92 percent reside in the northern half.

According to the report, three-quarters of the population live in three governorates: Amman, Irbid, and Zarqa. The governorate of Mafraq ranks fourth and has the highest percentage (not quantity) of Syrian refugees among its residents.

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