Palestinian mother and child370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The Palestinian population in the West Bank and Gaza Strip is now estimated at
approximately 4 million, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of
On the eve of International Population Day, the bureau
published a statistical review that showed that the “total population of
Palestine at mid- 2013 was about 4.42 million; 2.24 million males and 2.18
million females.” The estimated population of the West Bank was 2.72 million,
while the estimated population of the Gaza Strip totaled 1.7 million, according
to the review.
Data revealed that the Palestinian population is a young
one; the percentage of individuals under the age of 14 constituted 40% of the
total population at mid-2013.
People aged 65 or more constituted 2.9% of
the total population – 3.2% in the West Bank and 2.4% in the Gaza
According to the bureau, the crude birth rate in the Palestinian
territories is expected to drop from 32.6 births per 1,000 people in 2013 to
31.9 births in 2015. On the other hand, it expected crude death rate to decline
from 3.8 deaths per 1,000 people in 2013 to 3.6 deaths in 2015.
found that the total fertility rate in the Palestinian territories had declined
to 4.4 births (2008-2009) compared to 6.0 births in 1997.
showed that nearly a quarter of people in the labor force were unemployed in the
first three months of 2013 at 23.9% – 20.3% in the West Bank and 31.0% in the
Unemployment rate reached 35.3% among females compared to
21.2% among males.
The results of the review also showed that the poverty
rate among Palestinian individuals was 25% – 17% in the West Bank and 38% in the
Data revealed that 12.9% of the individuals in the
Palestinian territories were suffering from intense poverty in 2010.