Population Growth Rate in Egypt

  • Published on 09 November 2016

To understand how realistic the population growth rates projected for various projects were, we calculated the most recent actual growth rate per governorate based on census data produced for 1996 and 2006 by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).

To get an even more realistic population growth rate, especially for frontier governorates where tourism is heavy, we omitted all the population in temporary lodging (so-called “general buildings” or masakin ‘amma), which include hotels, hostels, orphanages and prisons.

Governorate Census GR
1996 2006
TOTAL 59,018,241 72,349,119 2.26
Cairo 6,735,172 8,388,828 2.46
Alexandria 3,321,844 4,099,348 2.34
Port Said 465,351 559,581 2.02
Suez 415,146 508,306 2.24
Damietta 911,653 1,094,305 2.00
Daqahlia 4,214,578 4,974,545 1.80
Sharkia 4,273,725 5,343,086 2.50
Qalubia 3,287,422 4,242,956 2.91
Kafr al-Sheikh 2,218,987 2,613,739 1.78
Gharbia 3,396,473 4,001,199 1.78
Munufia 2,750,053 3,260,097 1.85
Beheira 3,986,177 4,743,845 1.90
Ismailia 712,233 949,048 3.32
Giza 4,761,823 5,690,497 1.95
Beni Sweif 1,856,425 2,286,368 2.32
Fayoum 1,986,109 2,505,725 2.62
Minya 3,299,764 4,150,397 2.58
Assiut 2,776,783 3,417,695 2.31
Sohag 3,113,012 3,737,171 2.01
Qena 2,433,897 2,992,392 2.29
Aswan 966,428 1,176,217 2.17
Luxor 358,880 449,790 2.53
Red Sea 143,025 233,438 6.32
Wadi al-Gadid 138,140 183,493 3.28
Matruh 209,745 319,897 5.25
North Sinai 250,542 340,737 3.60
South Sinai 43,854 86,419 9.71