|Metropolitan area||1572 km²|
|Metropolitan area||1,770,158 (2015)|
|density||3,132.3 Ew. / km²|
|Metropolitan area||1,126.1 Ew. / km²|
Irbid is about 85 km north of Amman in the Irbid Governorate . It is about the same distance from the towns of Pella and Umm Qais (approx. 20 km). Archaeological finds and tombs in the region prove that Irbid was inhabited since the Bronze Age.
Today Irbid has grown into a large city with several large universities and colleges, but is recognizable as a Middle Eastern provincial city in many streets of the city center. The largest universities are Yarmouk University and Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) . 70,000 students study in the city. Their demand influenced the emergence of Internet cafés and fast food restaurants in the university districts.
Tourism is not very pronounced. Irbid is home to interesting museums. The Museum of Jordanian Heritage is located in Yarmouk University and provides an overview of the prehistoric and historical development of the country. The new Archaeological Museum opened in 2007 in a renovated Ottoman house in the city center (near the police station, Tell Irbid).
Irbid has numerous hotels of various categories and offers a starting point for excursions to the northern Jordan Valley or to Umm Qais (Gadara) , Gerasa , Kufr Dscha'yiz, Huwarra, Abila , Pella , Adschlun (Qala'at er-Rabad) , Umm al-Jimal and to Syria .
Average monthly temperatures and rainfall for Irbid
- Georg Warda , Assyrian hymn poet of the 13th century
- Yasser Ayyash (* 1955), Melkite clergyman, retired Archbishop of Petra
- Abd Al-Karim Gharaybeh (1923-2014), historian
- Maroun Lahham (* 1948), Roman Catholic clergyman, retired Archbishop
- Ali Chulqi al-Sharayiri (1878–1960), politician
- Mohamad Shatnawi (* 1985), football player
- Abdullah at-Tall († 1973), Transjordan officer
- Immanuel Benzinger : Arbela 4 . In: Paulys Realencyclopadie der classischen Antiquity Science (RE). Volume II, 1, Stuttgart 1895, Col. 407.