Rural Population (As % of Total) fell to 16.4% in Saudi Arabia in 2017

Rural Population (As % of Total) (%)
Society | Saudi Arabia | February 1, 2019
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Rural population as a share of total population reached 16.4 % in 2017 in Saudi Arabia, according to the National Statistical Office. This is 1.33 % less than in the previous year.

Historically, rural population as a share of total population in Saudi Arabia reached an all time high of 68.8 % in 1960 and an all time low of 16.4 % in 2017. When compared to Saudi Arabia's main peers, rural population as a share of total population in Iraq amounted to 29.7 %, 9.25 % in Jordan, 13.8 % in United Arab Emirates and 64.0 % in Yemen in 2017.

Saudi Arabia has been ranked 148th within the group of 172 countries we follow in terms of rural population as a share of total population, 1 places behind the position seen 10 years ago.

Rural population refers to people living in rural areas as defined by national statistical offices.

Rural Population (As % of Total) Unit 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Bahrain % 11.3% 11.2% 11.2% 11.1% 11.0%
Djibouti % 22.9% 22.9% 22.8% 22.7% 22.6%
Eritrea % 64.2% 78.6% 78.2% 77.8% ... ... ...
Iran % 28.8% 28.2% 27.7% 27.2% 26.6%
Iraq % 30.7% 30.6% 30.4% 30.2% 30.1%
Israel % 8.11% 8.04% 7.97% 7.90% 7.82%
Jordan % 12.8% 11.8% 10.9% 10.0% 9.74%
Kuwait % 1.72% 1.71% 1.69% 1.67% 1.66% ...
Oman % 23.8% 22.4% 21.1% 19.9% 18.7%
Qatar % 1.40% 1.30% 1.22% 1.13% 1.06%
Saudi Arabia % 17.7% 17.5% 17.3% 17.0% 16.8%
Syria % 45.4% 46.4% 47.5% 48.5% 47.8%
United Arab Emirates % 15.6% 15.3% 14.9% 14.6% 14.3%
Yemen % 67.6% 67.0% 66.4% 65.8% 65.2%