Population Of Morocco – A Steady Growth
Morocco, a country rich in culture, has an equally vibrant population that has grown steadily over the years. Along with the population, language and religion has also contributed to an effervescent culture.
The Kingdom of Morocco that was once ruled by the French and the Spanish has some of their influence left over. The overall composition of the population though mainly Arabs you will find people from Spain and France also co-existing.
As per the estimates of 2015 the population of morocco stood over 34,380,000. It is a combination of Berbers, Arabs and a mixture of Arab-Berber. The Arab population that is found here originated from the Arab people who conquered the country in the 7th and 11th centuries.
The population distribution is mostly on the western part of the Atlas Mountains. Tangier and Casablanca are the populated areas in this region and are major centers of Moroccan industry and commerce. Marrakech is the popular tourist destination. The city of Fez is considered the religious and cultural center of the country. The five major cities of Morocco are Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakech, fez and Oujda.
Casablanca is the most populated city with more than 5.118.000 inhabitants. Similarly Rabat has 1.623.000, Fez 1.120.000, Marrakech 928.000 and Tangier 948.000. residents.
The kingdom of Morocco is home to about 100,000 Europeans, mainly the French. There are about a million Moroccans living in other countries like France, Netherlands, Belgium and other western European countries
The country has witnessed a birth rate of 21.35 births per 1000 of the population. Similarly the death rate has been recorded as 549 deaths per 1000 of the population. The overall growth is 1.505 percent. The overall age structure of the population is seen as 64.3 percent between ages 15-64 years, 30.5 percent between 0-14 years and 5.2 percent above 65 years.
If you take into consideration the literacy levels, about 52.3% population is literate. Literacy is defined as those who are age 15 and above and can read and write. About 65.7% males are literate while the women have a lower percentage at 39.6%.
Though primary school children receive free education that has been made compulsory, the percentage among girls who attend school is very low.