2003 News Story

Statistics for Riyadh city show youth of population

The Higher Authority for the Development of Riyadh has released statistics showing that 50 percent of the city's population is under twenty years of age, while less than two percent are above 60. The statistics indicate that 53 percent of Riyadh's population is between the ages of 15 and 60, with males accounting for 58 percent and females 42 percent of the total. The city of Riyadh has been registering an annual population growth rate of 8.1 percent, with the total increasing from 30,000 in the 1940s to the current figure of 4.5 million, and expected to reach about 10.5 million by 2020.