November 25, 2016
Egypt’s population reached 92 million people on Thursday evening, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) has revealed.
Egypt’s population increase represents a rise of one million people in less than six months as there were 91 million Egyptians in June this year.
“Egypt’s population is growing at a rate five times higher than that of developed countries, and twice as high as developing countries,” CAPMAS warned.
According to the agency, 2.6 million children are born every year and there are 600,000 deaths. “The population growth limits the state’s ability to make tangible changes in living standards, since the population growth is not proportionate to the current economic growth.”
Only 7.8 per cent of Egyptian territory is habitable. More than a quarter of the population live below the poverty line.
CAPMAS statistics show that Cairo is the most populous governorate with 9.5 million people, while South Sinai is the least populated with just 172,000 residents.
Source: Middle East Monitor.