Population, Housing and Establishment Census-1997

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Indicator Number* Percentage
Total Population(1997)**  
Male 101,607 50.6
Female 99,097 49.4
Total 200,704 100.0
Population Counted  
Male 99,474 50.6
Female 97,188 49.4
Total 196,662 100.0
Estimated of Post Enumeration  
Male 2,133 52.8
Female 1,909 47.2
Total 4,042 100.0
Total Households Counted  
Private Households 28,691 100.0
Institutional Households 2 0.0
Total 28,693 100.0
Population Distribution by Household Type  
Population of Private Households 196,649 100.0
Population of Institutional Households 13 0.0
Total 196,662 100.0
Distribution of Private Households by Nationality of Head of Household  
Private Palestinian Households 28,677 100.0
Private Foreign Households 14 0.0
Total 28,691 100.0
Distribution of Population in Private Households by Nationality of Head of Household  
Population of Private Palestinian Households 196,575 100.0
Population of Private Foreign Households 74 0.0
Total 196,649 100.0
Sex Ratio (Male Per 100 Female) 102.5 -
Average Household Size 6.9 -
Households by Sex of Head of Household  
Male 25,883 90.2
Female 2,808 9.8
Total 28,691 100.0
Household Type  
Nuclear 20,660 72.0
Extended 7,021 24.5
Composite 76 0.3
One Person 934 3.3
Total 28,691 100.0
Refugee Status  
Refugee 111,887 56.9
Not Refugee 83,957 42.7
Not Stated 641 0.3
Total 196,485 100.0
Age Distribution  
Age 0 - 4 37,115 18.9
5 - 14 59,946 30.5
15 - 64 93,119 47.3
65+ 6,473 3.3
Not Stated 9 0.0
Total 196,662 100.0
Median Age (Years) 15.0 -
Population Nationality  
Palestinians 196,485 99.9
Not Palestinians 177 0.1
Not Stated - 0.0
Total 196,662 100.0
Palestinians 12 Years and Over by Marital Status  
Never or Legally Engaged  
Male 27,438 47.6
Female 21,021 37.0
Married  
Male 29,632 51.4
Female 31,129 54.8
Divorced  
Male 164 0.3
Female 762 1.3
Widowed  
Male 355 0.6
Female 3,830 6.7
Not Stated  
Male 49 0.1
Female 68 0.1
Total  
Male 57,638 100.0
Female 56,810 100.0
Median Age at First Marriage  
Male 23.0 -
Female 19.0 -
Dependency Ratio 111.2 -
Palestinians 15 Years and Over According to Ability to Read/ Write  
Illiterate  
Male 4,695 9.4
Female 9,494 19.2
Literate  
Male 45,187 90.3
Female 39,554 80.0
Not stated  
Male 134 0.3
Female 364 0.7
Total  
Male 50,016 100.0
Female 49,412 100.0
Palestinians 10 Years and Over by Educational Attainment  
Illiterate 14,752 11.8
Can Read and Write 20,887 16.7
Secondary and below 78,809 62.9
Associate Diploma 4,571 3.6
Bachelor 5,365 4.3
Higher Diploma and above 494 0.4
Not stated 510 0.4
Total 125,388 100.0
School Attendance for Palestinians 6-18 Years  
Attending 63,418 90.5
Not Attending 6,664 9.5
Not Stated 4 0.0
Total 70,086 100.0
Palestinians by Disability Status  
With Disability 3,037 1.5
Without Disability 193,448 98.5
Not stated - 0.0
Total 196,485 100.0
Disabled Palestinians by Type of Disability  
Seeing 392 12.9
Hearing 144 4.7
Speaking 192 6.3
Mental 526 17.3
Moving 822 27.1
Hearing and Speaking 285 9.4
Mental and Moving 167 5.5
Multiple 232 7.6
Grasping 90 3.0
Other 187 6.2
Total 3,037 100.0
Palestinians by Place of Birth  
Inside Palestinian Territories 174,353 88.7
Outside Palestinian Territories 22,100 11.2
Not stated 32 0.0
Total 196,485 100.0
Total Fertility Rate 7.0 -
Palestinians 10 Years and Over by Employment Status  
Economically Active 39,141 31.2
Employed 26,982 68.9
Unemployed Ever Worked 5,210 13.3
Unemployed Never Worked 6,949 17.8
Not Economically Active 85,763 68.4
Students 42,293 49.3
House Wife 33,712 39.3
Unable to Work 5,492 6.4
Not Working & Not Looking for Work 1,900 2.2
Others 2,366 2.8
Not Stated 484 0.4
Total 125,388 100.0
Palestinians 10 Years and Over Employed and Unemployed Ever Worked by Occupation  
Legislators and Managers 570 1.8
Professionals 2,481 7.7
Technicians and Associate Professionals 2,290 7.1
Clerks 1,341 4.2
Services and Sales Workers 6,662 20.7
Skilled Agricultural and Fishery Workers 1,964 6.1
Crafts and Related Workers 4,161 12.9
Plant, Machine Operators and Assemblers 1,859 5.8
Elementary Occupations 10,703 33.2
Not Sated 161 0.5
Total 32,192 100.0
Palestinians 10 Years and Over Employed and Unemployed Ever Worked by Economic Activity  
Agriculture, Hunting and Forestry 4,992 15.5
Fishing 83 0.3
Mining and Quarrying 27 0.1
Manufacturing 2,392 7.4
Electricity, Gas and Water Supply 30 0.1
Construction 7,586 23.6
Whole sale and Retail Trade 3,589 11.1
Hotels and Restaurants 260 0.8
Transport, Storage and Communication 1,384 4.3
Financial Intermediation 160 0.5
Real-estate, Renting and Business Activities 346 1.1
Public Administration and Defense 6,587 20.5
Education 2,778 8.6
Health and Social Work 1,039 3.2
Other Community Social and Personal service Activities 558 1.7
Private Households with Employed Persons 1 0.0
Extraterritorial Organizations and Bodies 155 0.5
Not Stated 225 0.7
Total 32,192 100.0
Average Number of Persons per Room 2.0 -
Average Number of Room in Housing Unit 3.6 -
Occupied Housing Units by Type  
Villa 135 0.5
House 15,402 57.1
Apartment 11,013 40.8
Independent Room 211 0.8
Tent 69 0.3
Marginal 109 0.4
Others 20 0.1
Not Stated 12 0.0
Total 26,971 100.0
Private Households by Tenure of Housing Unit  
Owned 24,799 86.4
Rented Unfurnished 970 3.4
Rented Furnished 53 0.2
Without Payment 2,621 9.1
For Work 49 0.2
Others 133 0.5
Not Stated 66 0.2
Total 28,691 100.0
Occupied Housing Units by Connection to Water Network in Housing Unit  
Public Network 23,126 85.7
Private System 3,153 11.7
No Piped Water 677 2.5
Not Stated 15 0.1
Total 26,971 100.0
Occupied Housing Units by Connection to Electricity Network in Housing Unit  
Public Network 25,102 93.1
Private Generator 221 0.8
No Electricity 1,632 6.1
Not Stated 16 0.1
Total 26,971 100.0
Occupied Housing Units by Connection to Sewage System in Housing Unit  
Public Sewage System 776 2.9
Cesspit 25,593 94.9
No Sewage System 572 2.1
Not Stated 30 0.1
Total 26,971 100.0
Private Household by Availability of Durable Goods  
Private Car  
Available 3,216 11.2
Not Available 25,395 88.5
Not Stated 80 0.3
Refrigerator  
Available 19,666 68.5
Not Available 8,955 31.2
Not Stated 70 0.2
Solar Boiler  
Available 17,310 60.3
Not Available 11,312 39.4
Not Stated 69 0.2
Central Heating  
Available 83 0.3
Not Available 28,537 99.5
Not Stated 71 0.2
Home Library  
Available 2,290 8.0
Not Available 26,329 91.8
Not Stated 72 0.3
Cooking Stove  
Available 27,715 96.6
Not Available 933 3.3
Not Stated 43 0.1
Washing Machine  
Available 16,798 58.5
Not Available 11,803 41.1
Not Stated 90 0.3
T.V.  
Available 20,607 71.8
Not Available 7,995 27.9
Not Stated 89 0.3
Video  
Available 1,713 6.0
Not Available 26,887 93.7
Not Stated 91 0.3
Computer  
Available 507 1.8
Not Available 28,099 97.9
Not Stated 85 0.3
Phone Line  
Available 3,560 12.4
Not Available 25,036 87.3
Not Stated 95 0.3
Buildings by Type  
Villa 191 0.7
House 18,365 68.2
Building 3,835 14.2
Tent 67 0.2
Marginal 119 0.4
Establishment 3,014 11.2
Under Construction 1,149 4.3
Other 199 0.7
Not Stated - 0.0
Total 26,939 100.0
Completed Buildings by Utilization  
Habitation 19,119 74.1
Habitation & Work 1,684 6.5
Work 2,800 10.9
Closed 1,636 6.3
Vacant 551 2.1
Not Stated - 0.0
Total 25,790 100.0
Number of Establishments by Status  
In Operation 4,189 71.2
Temporarily Closed 377 6.4
Permanently Closed 121 2.1
Under Preparation. 35 0.6
Auxiliary Acting Unit 1,161 19.7
Total 5,883 100.0
Number of Establishments in Operation in the Private Sector by Principal Economic Activity  
Agriculture 316 8.1
Mining and Quarrying - 0.0
Manufacturing 576 14.7
Electricity And Water Supply 149 3.8
Construction 27 0.7
Wholesale, Retail Trade & Repairs 2,054 52.6
Hotels & Restaurants 111 2.8
Transport, Storage & Communications 49 1.3
Financial Intermediation 32 0.8
Real estate, Renting & Business Activities 142 3.6
Education 111 2.8
Health & Social Work 160 4.1
Other Community, Social & Personal Services 181 4.6
Total 3,908 100.0
Number of Persons Engaged in the Private Sector  
Male 6,892 84.3
Female 1,279 15.7
Total 8,171 100.0

*Includes population counted during the period of 10-24/12/1997.
**Includes population counted during the period of 10-24/12/1997, uncounted population estimates according to post enumeration survey.