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Demographics of Morocco - statistics & facts

Morocco’s population amounts to around 37 million inhabitants in 2022. The country is among the most populous nations on the African continent and has the third largest number of inhabitants in North Africa after Egypt and Algeria. In 2022, over seven million people lived in Casablanca-Settat, the most populated region in the country. The population of Morocco has been increasing annually in recent years, registering a growth rate of 1.2 percent in 2020.

Declining births and mortality

In the Kingdom of Morocco, the fertility rate reached 2.4 children per woman in 2019. The rate refers to the number of children a woman would give birth to in her lifetime if she shows age-specific fertility rates and survives through her childbearing years. As fertility is not particularly high, the total number of births in the country has declined in recent years, falling from around 690,000 in 2017 to 660,000 in 2022. At the same time, the crude death rate in Morocco has declined gradually to reach 5.1 deaths per 1,000 people in 2019.

Growing number of households

The number of households in Morocco was forecast at 8.8 million in 2022, after constantly increasing since 2010. Reflecting the degree of urbanization in the country, the number of urban households was higher, as it amounted to approximately 6.2 million compared to 2.7 million rural households. In 2022, families in Morocco had an average size of four members and tended to be larger in urban areas rather than in rural communities. In general, family demographics in Morocco have evolved in recent years. Marriages declined from around 280,000 to 195,000 between 2018 and 2020, respectively. In contrast, the number of divorces has been on the rise, reaching a total of 55,500 in 2019.

Decreasing poverty levels

The poverty situation is not particularly critical in Morocco, which has the lowest poverty rate in North Africa. In 2022, the poverty headcount ratio was projected at 2.4 percent, which means that the said share of people lived below the national poverty line. The poverty rate decreased compared to previous years. For instance, in 2010, over seven percent of the population was considered poor. Moreover, the Gini index, which measures the degree of income inequality on a scale from zero (total equality) to 100 (complete inequality), reached 39.5 points in Morocco in 2022.

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