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EDITOR IN CHIEF- ABDULLAH BIN SALIM AL SHUEILI

44% of the Omani population under 17 years of age

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Muscat - The number of children in the age group (0-17 years) is 1,221,751, constituting 44 percent of the total Omani population of 2,804,117 as of the end of 2021.


The Omani children population increased by 16 percent between 2017 and 2021, with the highest percentage of them in the Governorate of North al Batinah, according to the Special Categories Bulletin for the year 2022 issued by the National Center for Statistics and Information (NCSI).


The bulletin said that the number of Omani youth in the age group from 18 to 29 years is 544,983 men and women, representing 19.4 percent of the total population.


Around 60 percent of young Omani men are employed in the private, family, and civil sectors.


The number of elderly citizens (60 years and over) increased from 149,824 in 2017 to 154,405 in 2021, constituting 5.5 percent of the total Omani population.


While the number of Omani women by the end of 2021 was 1,391,609, which is 49.6 percent of the Omani population during the same period.


As for the age-related fertility rates for Omani females, they decreased from 4 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age (15-49 years) in 2017 to 3.4 per thousand women of childbearing age for the year 2021.


The bulletin said that 60 percent of the total holders of a bachelor’s degree or higher are females, and the illiteracy rate for Omani females decreased to 6.3 percent in 2021, compared to 2017, when the rate was 6.8 percent.


The number of Omani persons with disabilities reached 42,613 persons, constituting 1.5 percent of the total population - 61 percent were males compared to 39 percent for females.


The highest percentage of persons with disabilities was concentrated in the Governorate of North al Batinah (22 percent), followed by Muscat (16 percent), Al-Dakhiliyah Governorate (13.9 percent), and Al-Wusta Governorate (0.6 percent).


The bulletin indicated that 57 percent of persons with disabilities are due to congenital disorders and that 17.6 percent of the disabilities were reported during childbirth.


The number of citizens benefiting from social security is 72,675 by the end of 2021, constituting 2.6 percent of the total Omani population, a decrease of 8.6 percent between (2017-2021).


North al Batinah has the highest number of social security beneficiaries (26 percent of the total beneficiaries) and 42 percent of the people benefiting from social security are in the old age category, followed by those with disabilities (29 percent).


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