Facts & Statistics About the West Bank and Gaza Strip


Geography

INDICATOR WEST BANK GAZA TOTAL
Land Area (Km2) 5,800 365 6,165
Total Cultivated Area (%) 30 53 31

Demography

INDICATOR WEST BANK GAZA TOTAL
Population 1,932,637 1,087,067 3,019,704
Population Growth (%) -- -- 3.8
Total Fertility Rate 5.6 6.9 6.1
Median Age of Population (years) 17 14 16
Dependency Ratio (1) 95.6 113.3 102.2
Average Household Size (persons) 6.6 8 7
Refugees as (%) of Population 26.5 65.1 41.4
(1) Dependency Ratio, is the ratio of persons defined as economically dependent to those in the ages defined as economically productive. It is arbitrary defined as the ratio of the elderly (65 years and over) plus the young (under 15 years of age) to the population in the working ages (15-64 years of age).

Labor

INDICATOR WEST BANK GAZA TOTAL
Labor Force (1000 workers) 465.79 217.09 682.89
Female - Labor Force Participation Rate (%) 13.7 11.6 13
Local Employment (1000 workers) 321.22 153.13 474.36
Employment in Israel (1000 workers) 108.94 30.18 139.12
Unemployment (%) 7.5 15.5 10

Economy

INDICATOR WEST BANK GAZA TOTAL
GDP (million $, current prices) 3,167.3 1,455.2 4,954
GNI (million $, current prices) (1) 3,787 1,713 6,124
Per capita GDP ($, current prices) 1,850.90 1,338.6 1,640.60
Inflation rate (%) 6.50 3.99 5.45
Total Banking Deposits (million $) 2,121.91 753.23 2,875
(1) GNI or Gross National Income, is the total income generated by residents. It is equal to GDP after adding income of national residents earned abroad and subtracting income of foreigners earned in the local economy.

Health

INDICATOR WEST BANK GAZA TOTAL
Infant Mortality Rate (age below 5) -- -- 27
Maternal Mortality Rate -- -- --
Life expectancy at Birth -- -- 72
Hospital Beds per 1000 population -- -- 1.2
Total Health Expenditure (% of GDP) -- -- 8.4
Public Share (%) of Health Expenditure -- -- 56

Education

INDICATOR WEST BANK GAZA TOTAL
Literacy Rate (%) -- -- 85.5
Average School Years -- -- 8.5
School Enrollment Rate (6-17yrs) -- -- 85.1
Average Growth Rate in Number of Students per Year (%) -- -- 6.5

Note: The statistics provided do not reflect the situation that has been effected by the recent cycle of violence which started late September 2000, and is still ongoing. Information posted on this web site will be updated as appropriate based on the availability of valid data from reliable sources.


Source: USAID