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Egypt’s Population Reaches 104.2 Million, 1/10 Live Abroad | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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A general view of a street in downtown Cairo, Egypt March 9, 2017. Picture taken March 9, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany – RTX30OAU

Cairo- Egypt said Saturday its population stands at nearly 104 million in 2017, according to Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), ranking at 13 internationally in terms of population.

The population in Egypt in April 2017 hit 94,798,827 while the number of expatriates reached 9.4 million, totaling together 104.2 million, said Abu-Bakr al-Gendy, head of (CAPMAS) in a conference attended by President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.

“One Egyptian out of ten live abroad,” he noted. The country’s households’ number stood at 17.3 million in 2006, 12.7 million in 1996 and 9.7 million in 1986.

Census data revealed that youth aged 15 to 24 years constitute 18.2 percent of the total population, while those aged between 24 and 34 accounted for 34.5 percent of the population. Gendy also revealed that 18.4 percent of the population are illiterate, at 10.5 females and 7.8 million males.

He stated that 68 percent of the population are married, 24 percent are single and 6.4 percent are widows.

Sisi said he wanted to shed light on the phenomenon of marriage of minor girls. He called on parents to stop underage marriage, adding that some of these girls are already divorcees and widows. “How can a girl aged 12 become responsible for a husband and a family? I tell society: take care of your children,” he stated.