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This article is about the demographic features of the population of Algeria , including population density , ethnicity , education level, health of the populace, economic status, religious affiliations and other aspects of the population.
Ninety-one percent of the Algerian population lives along the Mediterranean coast on 12% of the country's total land mass. Forty-five percent of the population is urban, and urbanization continues, despite government efforts to discourage migration to the cities. Currently, 24,182,736 Algerians live in urban areas , and about 1.5 millions nomads live in the Saharan area.
99% of the population is classified ethnically as Maghrebi.  and 96% religiously as Sunni Muslim ; the few non-Sunni Muslims are mainly Ibadis from the M'Zab valley at 1.3% (see Islam in Algeria ). Christianity in Algeria constitutes about 1% of the total population. While significantly greater during the French colonial years , a mostly foreign Roman Catholic community still exists, as do some Protestants. The Jewish community of Algeria , which once constituted 2% of the total population, has substantially decreased due to emigration, mostly to France and Israel.