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People and Society :: KUWAIT

Population:
2,875,422 (July 2017 est.)
note: Kuwait’s Public Authority for Civil Information estimates the country’s total population to be 4,183,658 for 2015, with immigrants accounting more than 69%
country comparison to the world: 139
Nationality:
noun: Kuwaiti(s)
adjective: Kuwaiti
Ethnic groups:
Kuwaiti 31.3%, other Arab 27.9%, Asian 37.8%, African 1.9%, other 1.1% (includes European, North American, South American, and Australian) (2013 est.)
Languages:
Arabic (official), English widely spoken
Religions:
Muslim (official) 76.7%, Christian 17.3%, other and unspecified 5.9%
note: represents the total population; about 69% of the population consists of immigrants (2013 est.)
religious affiliation:
Age structure:
0-14 years: 25.02% (male 374,259/female 345,104)
15-24 years: 15.1% (male 238,451/female 195,700)
25-54 years: 52.27% (male 948,902/female 554,050)
55-64 years: 5.07% (male 82,366/female 63,505)
65 years and over: 2.54% (male 33,561/female 39,524) (2017 est.)

population pyramid

Dependency ratios:
total dependency ratio: 29.8
youth dependency ratio: 27.1
elderly dependency ratio: 2.7
potential support ratio: 37.3 (2015 est.)
Median age:
total: 29.2 years
male: 30.3 years
female: 27.2 years (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 123
Population growth rate:
1.5% (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 80
Birth rate:
19.2 births/1,000 population (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 84
Death rate:
2.2 deaths/1,000 population (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 224
Net migration rate:
-2.4 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 170
Population distribution:
densest settlement is along the Persian Gulf, particularly in Kuwait City and on Bubiyan Island; significant population threads extend south and west along highways that radiate from the capital, particularly in the southern half of the country
Urbanization:
urban population: 98.4% of total population (2017)
rate of urbanization: 2.29% annual rate of change (2015-20 est.)
Major urban areas – population:
KUWAIT (capital) 2.779 million (2015)
Sex ratio:
at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
0-14 years: 1.08 male(s)/female
15-24 years: 1.22 male(s)/female
25-54 years: 1.72 male(s)/female
55-64 years: 1.31 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.89 male(s)/female
total population: 1.41 male(s)/female (2016 est.)
Maternal mortality rate:
4 deaths/100,000 live births (2015 est.)
country comparison to the world: 145
Infant mortality rate:
total: 7.1 deaths/1,000 live births
male: 6.9 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 7.4 deaths/1,000 live births (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 160
Life expectancy at birth:
total population: 78 years
male: 76.6 years
female: 79.4 years (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 66
Total fertility rate:
2.4 children born/woman (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 80
Health expenditures:
3% of GDP (2014)
country comparison to the world: 182
Physicians density:
1.95 physicians/1,000 population (2014)
Hospital bed density:
2.2 beds/1,000 population (2012)
Drinking water source:
improved:
urban: 99% of population
rural: 99% of population
total: 99% of population
unimproved:
urban: 1% of population
rural: 1% of population
total: 1% of population (2015 est.)
Sanitation facility access:
improved:
urban: 100% of population
rural: 100% of population
total: 100% of population
unimproved:
urban: 0% of population
rural: 0% of population
total: 0% of population (2015 est.)
HIV/AIDS – adult prevalence rate:
<.1% (2016 est.)
HIV/AIDS – people living with HIV/AIDS:
HIV/AIDS – deaths:
Obesity – adult prevalence rate:
38.3% (2014)
country comparison to the world: 10
Children under the age of 5 years underweight:
3% (2014)
country comparison to the world: 120
Literacy:
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 95.7%
male: 96.4%
female: 94.5% (2016 est.)
School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education):
total: 13 years
male: 13 years
female: 14 years (2013)
Unemployment, youth ages 15-24:
total: 14.6%
male: N/A
female: N/A (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 94

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