With 2,547,000 inhabitants in 2008, the RSZZ region is home to 8.1% of the total population of Morocco.
This population is characterized by:
- Strong urbanization : the urban population of the RSZZ region is 2,111,000 in 2008, representing 82.8% of the total population of the region and, as a result of population growth and the rural exodus, urbanization in the region continues to grow year on year at an annual rate of 2.1%. However, it should be noted that if the population of the Prefecture of Rabat is urban in its entirety and that of Sale is more than 95% urban, it is not the same for the population of the Province of Khemisset whose urban population accounts for only 43.2%.
- A strong geographic concentration : the metropolitan area of Rabat Sale by itself is home to 1,545,000 people in 2008, that’s 60.6% of the total population of the region, for its part, the Province of Khemisset is home to 21% of the Total population of the area, the Prefecture of Skhirat Temara is the least populated, with 467,000 inhabitants.
- A rate of activity of the population aged 15 to 59 years old of 45.2%. Moreover, whether in rural or urban areas, the rate of activity for men is significantly higher than women.
- An unemployment rate of 14.1% for the entire population. Women are more affected by this phenomenon than men, since the unemployment rate for women is 19.6% against 12.2% for men.
- • 32.2% of the population over the age of 10 years old is illiterate, against 43% nationally; this is explained by the weak school enrolment in rural areas.