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Morocco Population


As of mid-2006, Morocco had an estimated total population of 33.2 million. During 1998–2006, the population grew at an average 1.6 percent annual rate. The population is concentrated in the northwestern part of the country, west of the Atlas Mountains. Some 58 percent of the population lives in cities. The net migration rate was estimated to be –0.87 migrants per 1,000 in 2005. About 100,000 foreign nationals reportedly reside in Morocco. The population is 99 percent Arab-Berber (an indigenous North African group that has adopted Arab customs).

It was estimated by the Population Reference Bureau that 56% of the population lived in urban areas in 2001. The capital city, Rabat, had a population of 1,453,000 in that year. Other major cities are Marrakech, 1,517,000; Fès (Fez), 1,012,000; Meknès, 750,000; Tangier, 554,000; Oujda, 962,000; Tétouan, 856,000; Safi, 845,000; and Kénitra, 905,000. According to the United Nations, the urban population growth rate for 2000–2005 was2.8%.


33,757,175 (July 2007 est.)

Age structure
0-14 years: 31% (male 5,339,730/female 5,140,482)
15-64 years: 63.9% (male 10,750,240/female 10,815,470)
65 years and over: 5.1% (male 740,686/female 970,567) (2007 est.)

Median age
total: 24.3 years
male: 23.8 years
female: 24.8 years (2007 est.)

Population growth rate
1.528% (2007 est.)

Birth rate
21.64 births/1,000 population (2007 est.)

Death rate
5.54 deaths/1,000 population (2007 est.)

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