Jordan Population, People, Languages and Religions

By | January 21, 2022

Jordan Country Overview

Where is Jordan located? The state of Jordan is located in the Near East and is also known as the Hashemite Kingdom. It is also counted among the Mashrek states. On the time zone map, which divides countries into world time zones along longitudes, Jordan is located in an area where there is a standard difference of 2 hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The time zone is called “Eastern European Time” (EET) and the time on clocks in this area is always 2 hours ahead of clocks reflecting universal time (UTC+2). In summer, there is no time shift to daylight saving time in Jordan.

Jordan National Flag

Population Distribution

As of 2023, the latest population of Jordan is 10,820,644, based on our calculation of the current data from UN (United Nations).

Total population 10,820,644
Population growth rate 1.40%
Birth rate 23.90 births per 1,000 people
Life expectancy
Overall life expectancy 80.30 years
Men life expectancy 78.91 years
Women life expectancy 81.77 years
Age structure
0-14 years 34.14%
15-64 years 62.34%
65 years and above 3.51%
Median age 22.00 years
Gender ratio (Male to Female) 1.03
Population density 121.11 residents per kmĀ²
Urbanization 79.00%
Ethnicities
approx. 98% Arabs; Minorities of Circassians, Chechens, Dagestans, Kurds, Armenians and so-called Turkmens
Religions
Sunnis 92%, Christians 6% (mostly Greek Orthodox, but some Catholics (Greek and Roman Catholic), Syrian Orthodox, Copts, Armenian Orthodox, and Protestant denominations), other 2% (various Shiite and Druze population groups) (2001 est.)
Human Development Index (HDI) 0.723
HDI ranking 102nd out of 194

People in Jordan

Most of the Jordanian population are Arabs. Of these, in turn, about half are of Palestinian descent. Because of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians (cf. History of Israel), many Palestinians fled to the neighboring country of Jordan, which gave them refuge.

Languages in Jordan

The national language is Arabic, although there is a special Jordanian dialect, which is very similar to Standard Arabic. Due to the good education system in Jordan, many people also speak English, which is also the language of business. Then there are the dialects of the Bedouins.

Religions in Jordan

93 out of 100 Jordanians professed Sunni Islam, which is also the country’s state religion. But there are also Christians living there. There are also Kurdish Alevis, Shiites and people of other faiths.