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Yemen Population and religion percentage

Yemen, officially the Republic of Yemen, is a country located on the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia. It is the second-largest Arab sovereign state in the peninsula. As per the UN World Population Prospects report, the estimated population of Yemen in 2024 is 35,219,852 (35 million or 3.5 Crore)

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Yemen Demographics

Yemen2022 Population
Total Population33,696,614
Global Rank48
Land Area 311,888 sq. km (120,421 sq. mi)
Area Rank49
Pop. Density56 people/sq. km
Growth Rate2.19%
Fertility Rate* of Yemen3.84
Infant mortality rate ** in Yemen2.1
Median Age in Yemen20.2 Years
Life Expectancy in Yemen79.27 years
Urban Population of  Yemen38.40%

Source: World Population Prospects 

Religion in Yemen

Islam is the main state religion of Yemen and is followed by 99% of the population. Islam in Yemen consists primarily of two principal Islamic religious groups: About 35% of the Muslim population is Shia and 65% is Sunni. Sunnis are primarily Shafi’i but also include significant groups of Malikis and Hanbalis.  The Sunnis are predominantly in the south and southeast.

Shias are primarily Zaydi and also have significant minorities of Ismaili and Twelver Shias. The Zaidis/Shias are predominantly in the north and northwest whilst the Ismailis are in the main centers such as Sana’a and Ma’rib. There are mixed communities in the larger cities.

About 0.05 % of Yemenis are non-Muslim – adhering to Christianity, Judaism, or Hinduism or having no religious affiliation.

Religion Percentage in Yemen

  • Sunni Islam – 65%
  • Zaidiyyah (Shia Islam)-  33.45%
  • Ismāʿīlism (Shia Islam) – 1.50%
  • Other religion – 0.05%

Source: Wikipedia

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Top Cities in Yemen by Population
4Al HudaydahAl Hudaydah4,09,994
9BajilAl Hudaydah55,760

*Fertility rate, average number of children born to women during their reproductive years.

**Infant mortality rate is the number of deaths per 1,000 live births of children under one year of age.

Population of Yemen 2024 | Religion in Yemen