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Pakistan Population



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According to the 2007 census Pakistan has a population of over 169 million. This is a five fold increase over the population in 1958.

Fact Sheet

Population: 165803560 (July 2006)

Age Structure : 0-14 years 39%
15- 64 years 56.9%
65 years and above 4.1%

Population Growth Rate : 2.09%

Birth Rate : 29.74 births/ 1000 population

Death Rate : 8.23 deaths/ 1000 population

Total Fertility Rate : 4 children born/ woman

Fertility decline rate : 1.8 children/ woman per decade

Infant mortality rate : 70.45 deaths per 1000 live births.

Life expectancy : Total Population 63.9 years
Male 62.4 years.
Female 64.44 years

Sex Ratio : At Birth 1.05 male/ female
Under 15 years 1.06 male per female
!5-64 years 1.05 male per female
65 years and above 0.92 male per female
Total Population 1.05 male per female

Literacy : Those who can read and write and are above 15 years of age
Total population 48.7%
Male- 61.7%
Female- 35.2%

Religion : 97% of the population is Muslims of which 77% are Sunnis and 20% are Shias. The remaining 3% of the population belong to the minority i.e. Hindus and Christians.

Languages : Punjabi- 48% (Spoken mostly by people of Punjab and in Karachi )
Sindhi- 12% (Spoken mostly by people of Sindh)
Siraiki- 10% (Southern Districts of Punjab )
Pashtun- 8% (Spoken mostly by people of North West Frontier Province and Balochistan)
Urdu - 8%
Balochi- 3% ( Baluchistan and in parts of Sindh)
Hindko- 2%
Brahui- 1%
Burushashki and others- 8%

Geographic Distribution : The majority of the population of Pakistan lives along the fertile region of the Indus. In the Northern parts the Population is mainly concentrated in the cities of Faisalabad , Rawalpindi , Islamabad , Lahore , Sialkot , Peshawar , and Gujranwala .

Though there is a decrease in the net growth rate but the population is expected to reach the 175 million mark within the next decade.

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