Mekelle Population Data
The 2009 Census results show that the total population was 215,546 people. Women made up 51.4 percent of Mekelle’s population and men represented 48.6 percent. 63 percent of the total population was under the age of 25. Children under the age of 5 made up 12 percent of the population. 38 percent of the population was children of schooling age, which in Mekelle are children between the ages of 4 and 18. Women of reproductive age comprised 52 percent of the female population. 60 percent of the total population was in the labor force. The elderly population made up 5 percent of the population.
The age pyramids show that the city’s population is also characterized by a high dependency ratio.
The graph below shows the projected populations according to low, medium, and high growth rate scenarios. It is expected that by 2015, assuming a medium growth rate of 2.7 percent, the population will be 332,013 people.