PA Census: 2.35 Million Palestinians in West Bank

(September 2008)


An official population census conducted by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) showed that the Palestinian population in the West Bank has grown from 1,873,000 in 1997 to 2,235,000 in 2007. The annual growth rate between the two census periods was 2.6%, which means the Palestinian population is projected to double after 27 years, as a direct result of the decline in the fertility rate and emigration. The number of persons per household dropped from 6.1 people in 1997 to 5.5 people in 2007, which shows the change in living conditions from the more traditional extended family to the nuclear family. Almost 45% of the Palestinian population in the West Bank are defined as young in 1997 (between the ages of 0 and 14 years), but this rate has dropped to 41.3% in 2007. This is also attributed to a decline in the fertility rate from 5.6 births in 1997 to 4.6 births in 2007.


Source: WAFA - PLO News Agency (September 1, 2008).