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The absence of official demographic statistics obstructs the possibility of attaining accurate and clear-cut answers to this question. Worse yet, it provides grounds for further disagreements among the Lebanese since each sect desires to overstate its actual size and overshadow other sects. The number of the registered Lebanese and their sectarian distribution has been determined according to the Personal Status Register at approximately 4.9 million at the end of 2012. However, what remains subject to speculation and controversy is their distribution over the Lebanese regions. Information International has surveyed the numbers of Lebanese residents and their distribution by region based on field-based data and the size of the registered student population in Lebanon’s schools. The findings suggested that around 3.7 to 3.8 million people are residing in Lebanon currently while their distribution by region is illustrated in the following Table 1.

Numbers of Lebanese residents by Qada’a

Table 1

Qada’a- Mohafaza

Residing Lebanese

Registered Lebanese

Beirut

311 000

651 000

Baabda

459 000

223 000

Aley

120 000

171 000

El-Chouf

140 000

267 000

Matn

400 000

245 000

Kessrouan

140 000

128 000

Jbeil (Byblos)

72 000

110 000

Mount Lebanon

1 331 000

1 144 000

Tripoli

294 000

295 000

Batroun

39 000

83 000

Koura

45 000

84 000

Zgharta

73 000

104 000

Bsharri

22 000

65 000

Akkar

300 000

358 000

Mennieh- Dennieh

130 000

155 000

North Lebanon

903 000

1 144 000

Zahle

195 000

232 000

Baalbeck

200 000

335 000

Hermel

32 000

66 000

Western Beqa’a

68 000

122 000

Rashaya

30 000

63 000

Beqa’a

525 000

818 000

Saida

138 000

82 000

Zahrani

110 000

145 000

Jezzine

25 000

80 000

Sour (Tyre)

180 000

245 000

South Lebanon

453 000

552 000

Nabatieh

130 000

188 000

Bint Jbeil

66 000

193 000

Marjeyoun

35 000

145 000

Hasbaya

22 000

63 000

Nabatieh

253 000

589 000

Total

3 776 000

4 900 000

By Mohafaza, North and Mount Lebanon host the largest number of registered Lebanese, whereas Akkar, followed closely by Baalbeck, rank highest among the Qada’as. The Mohafaza with the smallest registered population is South Lebanon, while Rashaya, Hasbaya and Bsharri rank lowest by Qada’a.

With respect to the resident population, the largest number of residents is present in the Mount Lebanon Mohafaza and the lowest in Nabatieh. By Qada’a, Baabda is the most populated Qada’a and Bsharri is the least populated one. 



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