Egypt’s Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) has recorded a 1.6 million leap in its population in 2022, reaching 104.4 million in December, up from 102.8 million in January.
CAPMAS confirmed that the capital, Cairo, was still the most populated governorate, with some 10.2 million residents.
The second-most populated governorate Giza, located on the west bank of the Nile has a population of 9.5 million, followed by Sharqiya at 7.9 million, Daqahliya at 7 million, and Beheira at 6.8 million.
Other populous governorates include Minya and Sohag, Qalioubiya, Alexandria and Gharbiya.
Egyptians in diaspora are estimated at to be between 10million to 14 million. Based on the growth trends before 2021, CAPMAS projected Egypt’s population to reach 192 million by 2052.
However the agency in August reported a 20 percent drop in the North African country’s fertility rate, from 3.5 births per woman in 2014 to 2.8 in 2021.
An adviser to the chairman of CAPMAS Hussein Abdel-Aziz says Egypt aims to further reduce the fertility rate to 1.6 births per woman.