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Population census has been known in Egypt since ancient times. The first census was carried out in 1882 and the total number of population at that time was 6.7 million.

Population

The government takes a census of the Egyptian population every ten years · The last census conducted in 1996 put the number of population at 59.3 million. · The 2006 census is the thirteenth to be held by the Central Agency for Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS). According to the 2006 census figures, the population, including those living abroad, is estimated to have reached 76.5 million at a growth rate of 37% over the 1996 figure.

Population in urban areas increased by 40.22 per cent and is now standing at 30,949,689; population in rural areas rose by 64.22 per cent and is put at 41,629,341. Cairo is the governorate with the largest reported population growth percentage (10.7%); followed by Giza (8.64%) and Sharqiya (7.36%). Meanwhile, the governorates with the lowest population increase rates are Southern Sinai, the New Valley and the Red Sea.

Egypt's population until May 1, 2008 reached 78.7 million according to final results of this year's census as announced Thursday by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS). Of the population 37.2 million are males, up 22.6 percent from the 30.4 million in 1996, and 35.6 million are females which is 22.9 percent more from their count in 1996 that was estimated at 29 million. The number of families across Egypt stood at 17.3 million in 2006 from 12.7 million in 1996 with a 36.1 percent increase. According to the 2006 census results, Cairo is Egypt's most populous governorate with 6.8 million at an increase rate of 9.28 percent, followed by Sharqiya governorate with 5.4 million, up 7.35 percent, then Dakahliya with 5 million at a rate of 6.85 percent. The population count was also carried out in the newly-established governorates of the Sixth of October whose population stood at 2.6 million, with an increase rate of 3.5 percent and Helwan whose population was 1.7 million with an increase of 2.4 percent.

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