Pakistan’s population sees 57 per cent increase


ISLAMABAD Aug. 26 (TNS): The current population of Pakistan has swelled to 207.77 million as of August 25, 2017, based on provisional census data presented to the Council of Common Interest (CCI) on Friday.

In the year 1951 Pakistan’s population was: 33, 700, 000; in 1961 it was: 42, 800, 000; in 1972 it surged to: 65, 300, 000; in 1981 it rose to: 83, 783, 000; in 1998 it increased to: 130, 857,717; and in 2017 it has ballooned to: 207, 774, 520.

Pakistan population is equivalent to 2.62% of the total world population. Pakistan ranks number 6 in the list of countries by population. The population density in Pakistan is 255 per Km2 (661 people per mi2). The total land area is 770,998 Km2 (297,684 sq. miles). 39.2 % of the population is urban (77,107,125 people in 2017). The median age in Pakistan is 22.7 years.

The latest surge in Pakistan’s population shows it has experienced a 57 per cent increase since the last census in 1998.

The sixth population census in Pakistan, finally carried out by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) earlier this year after a gap of nearly two decades, reveals an acceleration in the population growth rate of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), even as growth in Punjab and Sindh has slowed compared to previous results.

Pakistan houses 106.45m males, 101.31m females and 10,418 transgenders, the provisional data reveals.

The results show that 30.5m people reside in KP, 5m in Fata, 47.9m in Sindh, 12.3m in Baluchistan, 2m in Islamabad, while Punjab — the largest province in terms of population — houses 110 million people.

An increase in the urban-rural ratio has been observed in all administrative units except Islamabad, which nonetheless remains the second most urbanized unit of the country.

Over 52pc of Sindh’s residents live in urban areas, which have surpassed the capital territory as the most urbanized territory of Pakistan. Close to 36.4pc of Pakistanis live in urban areas, the provisional results reveal.

Baluchistan, the least urbanized of Pakistan’s provinces, has experienced the fastest average annual growth rate since 1998 of 3.37pc. Punjab’s average annual growth rate remained the slowest at 2.13pc, slightly below the national average of 2.4pc.

The provisional results exclude data from Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir, which is likely to be included in the final report.

The census is likely to have important implications for the upcoming general elections, as constituencies are expected to have to be redrawn according to the newly-compiled results.