The total population of Pakistan stands at 207.68 million, with an annual growth rate of 2.4 percent, according to the 2017 census result.
According to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) that posted final results of the 6th Population and Housing Census 2017 on its website, Pakistan’s population is 207.68 million. The population includes 106.018 million males, 101.344 million females and 321,744 transgender persons.
The bureau states on its website that, “The Council of Common Interests (CCI) on Dec 16, 2016 decided to conduct the census in two phases with the support of the armed forces. The PBS demarcated the whole country into small compact areas called census clocks comprising 200 to 250 houses on an average, with a total number of over 1.68 million blocks with well-defined boundaries and maps. The entire delimitation process was carried out with the close coordination of provincial governments, local governments, revenue department and district administrations.”
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However, the federal cabinet approved the 2017 census in December last year after the delay of 3 years, the approval was granted in the meeting supervised by the Prime Minister Imran Khan.
According to the final results of the 2017 census, the annual growth of the country fell to 2.4 percent from 3.06 percent and 2.69 percent, as recorded in the 1981 and 1998 censuses, respectively. Whereas, the total population of Pakistan in 1981, 1998 and 2017 was recorded at 84.25 million, 132.35 million and 207.68 million.
Moreover, the total count in the 2017 exercise included 132.013m rural and 75.670m urban population.
- The population of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which was 11.06m and 17.74m as per the 1981 and 1998 census results, jumped to 30.51m in 2017.
- The number of people in the erstwhile Fata, which was recorded at 2.20m and 3.18m in 1981 and 1998, increased to 4.99m.
- Punjab, being the largest province in terms of population, stood at 109.99m people that earlier recorded 47.29m and 73.62m people in the 1981 and 1998 exercises, respectively.
- Sindh, which recorded a population of 19.3m and 30.44m in 1981 and 1998, jumped to 47.85m people in the 2017 census.
- Balochistan’s population almost tripled to 12.34m that was 4.33m in 1981 and 6.57m in 1998.
- The population of Islamabad Capital Territory increased six-fold, from 0.34m in 1981 and 0.81m in 1998 to 2m.