Among the top three Arab-world cities for having the most multinational corporate regional offices, mountainous Amman is the capital for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Amman hosted a Guinness World Record at the Landmark hotel on July 28, 2012 when 10 chefs prepared the largest falafel ever. The record-setting falafel measured 51.2 inches (130 centimeters) in diameter and weighed 164.8 pounds (74.75 kilograms). The supersized concoction was made from a traditional recipe of chickpeas, parsley and coriander with mixed spices
Amman city was home to an estimated 1.3 million residents in 2016.
Jordan exported US$7.5 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2016 according to the estimates from the International Trade Centre. Jordan’s highest-value exports are special garments, fertilizers, natural calcium phosphates, medicines, tomatoes and live sheep and goats.
Capital Facts for Amman, Jordan: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Royal Automobile Museum, Jordan Museum, National Archaeological Museum and King Abdullah Mosque
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Amman, Jordan:
- Abdullah II, King of Jordan (born Jan. 30, 1962)
- Ayah Marar, singer (born Sep. 20, 1980)
- Zade Dirani, pianist & composer (born Feb. 1, 1980)
- Ola Al-Fares, journalist & TV presenter (born Nov. 6, 1985)
- Mohammad Bashar, singer & TV host (born Aug. 3, 1988)
- Saba Mubarak, actress & producer (born Apr. 10, 1976)
- Adham Nabulsi, singer (born Nov. 20, 1993)
- Amin Matalqa, film director & producer (born Feb. 27, 1976)
- Zap Tharwat, rapper (born Sep. 21, 1987)
- Zain Karazon, social media personality (born Jun. 24, 1990)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Amman resident: Ammani
Population: 2,480,000 (Amman’s built-up area including Az-Zarqā)
Density: 18,647 people per square mile (7,199 per square kilometer)
Population: 4,000,000 (Greater Amman)
Density: 13,333 people per square mile (5,148 per square kilometer)
Population: 8,185,384 (Jordan)
Density: 239 people per square mile (92 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$86.2 billion as of October 2016 (for Jordan, per WorldsRichestCountries.com)
GDP per person: $10,531
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Amman were unavailable.
Official currency used in Amman: Jordan dinar
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Official Government Website, Amman Municipality. Accessed on December 4, 2016
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Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on December 4, 2016
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Amman. Accessed on December 4, 2016
Wikipedia, Amman Governate. Accessed on December 4, 2016
Wikipedia, Greater Amman Municipality. Accessed on December 4, 2016
Wikipedia, Jordan. Accessed on February 7, 2017
World Population Review, Population of Cities in Jordan (2016). Accessed on December 4, 2016
Amman’s built-up urban area has a population of 2.5 million over a land area measuring 133 square miles (344 square kilometers). The built-up area includes Az-Zarqā, a Jordanian city located to the northeast of Amman.
For administrative purposes, Amman is considered to be the Greater Amman Municipality which encompasses Amman city, its metropolitan region plus most of the more extensive Amman Governate. The latter is also the most highly populated of Jordan’s 12 governates.
The Greater Amman Municipality covers 300 square miles (777 square kilometers) and is home to four million people.
At the country level, Jordan’s land area covers 34,287 square miles (88,802 square kilometers). The national population count was 8.2 million inhabitants as of July 2016.
Population density is higher within Amman’s built-up area including Az-Zarqā , featuring an average 18,600 residents per square mile (7,200 per square kilometer).
Within the Greater Amman land area, density diminishes to an average 13,300 people per square mile (5,100 per square kilometer).
For Jordan overall, population density drops to an average 240 inhabitants per square mile (100 per square kilometer).