The Sultanate’s population increased by about 978,000
people during the period between mid-2012 to mid-2018 to reach 4.6 million
According to the Population Statistics Bulletin
recently issued by the National Centre for Statistic and Information (NCSI),
the rate of change among Omanis was 23.3%.
Based on the mid-2018 data, the NCSI population
statistic bulletin shows that the gender-wise population structure for Omanis
for 2018 was almost equal, with 50.4% for males and 49.6% for females.
It also shows that two-thirds of the Omani
population (64%) consisted of youth and those under the age of 29, while the
category of children under 5 made up 15% of the Omani population.
Gender wise, the statistic bulletin revealed that in
the age group of 65 and above, for 100 females, there are 92 males, with a
slight difference in the age group between 15 and 64 years, which was about 101
males against 100 females.
The dependency rate among Omani population for the
period under review reaches 71 dependents for every 100 working-age persons, with
63.7% for every 100 persons that are dependent children and about 7.1 per every
100 persons that are dependents of elder people who are in the working-age group.
According to the Population Watch, the population of
Oman is increasing every hour by about 8 Omani people.
The Population Statistics Bulletin also shows that
the Governorate of Muscat is the highest in terms of population density, with
364 inhabitants per square kilometer followed by the Governorate of Al Batinah
North, Al Batinah South and Al Sharqiya South, reaching about 96, 80 and 26
inhabitants per square kilometer, respectively.
The Governorates of
Dhofar and Al Wusta, which make up 59% of the Sultanate’s area, are home to only
11% of the Sultanate's population, with a population density of about 6 persons
per square kilometer.