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Census body: Egypt population reaching 92 million

Egypt's government says in March, the number of Egyptian citizens will reach 92 million.

The Associated Press

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CAIRO —

Egypt's government says in March, the number of Egyptian citizens will reach 92 million.

Of those, 84 million live in Egypt and 8 million abroad.

The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics, the government's census authority, said the country's population has increased by one million since August 2012.

Egypt is the most populous country in the Middle East. A 2006 census put the population at 76.6 million, a 25 percent increase in a decade.

CAPMAS says Cairo, the capital, is home to 7.1 percent of the country's population, making it the largest and most densely populated city. The population of greater Cairo is estimated at 18 million.

The agency said the majority of Egypt's population resides along the Nile river valley, in just 7.7 percent of the country's territory.

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