Population of Cities in Afghanistan (2018)

1
Over 1 Million
9
100,000 to 1 Million
59
10,000 to 100,000

Afghanistan has 1 cities with more than a million people, 9 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 59 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in Afghanistan is Kabul, with a population of 3,043,532 people.

Kabul

Kabul is the capital of Afghanistan and one of the highest capitals in the world, with an elevation of 1,790 metres.

3,043,532

Kandahar

Kandahar is named after Alexander the Great (who founded it in 329 BC around an ancient Arachosian town) and was previously called Alexandria Arachosia.

391,190

Mazar-e Sharif

The name Mazar-i-Sharif means 'Noble Shrine' and is a reference to the large, blue-tiled mosque in the city, which is known as the Shrine of Ali or the Blue Mosque.

303,282

Herat

Herat lies on the ancient trade routes of the Middle East, Central and South Asia and today remains a gateway to the neighboring country of Iran.

272,806

Jalalabad

Jalalabad is one of the largest cities in Afghanistan, with major industries including papermaking and agricultural products such as oranges, rice, and sugarcane.

200,331

Kunduz

The land in Kunduz is primarily used for agricultural purposes. This accounts for 65% of the total land use.

161,902

Ghazni

The city of Ghazni, which means 'jewel', was the ISESCO Islamic Capital of Culture for 2013.

141,000

Balkh

Balkh is now mostly ruins, but it was once an ancient center of Buddhism, Islam, and Zoroastrianism.

114,883

Baghlan

Baghlan is Afghanistan's center of sugar beet production, and its cotton production and manufacturing industries are also important in the region.

108,449

Gardez

Gardez is an ancient settlement, and the observation posts built by Alexander the Great still exist on the hilltops just outside the city.

103,601

Name 2018 Population
Kabul3,043,532
Kandahar391,190
Mazar-e Sharif303,282
Herat272,806
Jalalabad200,331
Kunduz161,902
Ghazni141,000
Balkh114,883
Baghlan108,449
Gardez103,601
Khost96,123
Maymana75,900
Khanabad71,531
Bazarak65,000
Khulm64,933
Taloqan64,256
Bamyan61,863
Pul-e Khumri56,369
Shibirghan55,641
Charikar53,676
Sar-e Pul52,121
Zaranj49,851
Paghman49,157
Asadabad48,400
Aibak47,823
Fayzabad44,421
Lashkar Gah43,934
Gereshk43,588
Farah43,561
Ghormach30,000
Shindand29,264
Andkhoy29,208
Rustaq25,636
Qarawul24,544
Nahrin22,363
Baraki Barak22,305
Art Khwajah18,623
Kafir Qala18,086
Karukh17,484
Mehtar Lam17,345
Kushk16,952
Shahrak15,967
Asmar15,708
Sang-e Charak15,377
Khash15,133
Markaz-e Woluswali-ye Achin15,098
Jabal os Saraj15,032
Qarqin15,018
Fayroz Koh15,000
Mirabad14,160
Zarghun Shahr13,737
Sangin13,579
Panjab13,471
Uruzgan13,388
Pul-e `Alam13,247
Chiras12,779
Hukumati Azrah12,526
Qarah Bagh12,412
Qalat12,191
Ashkasham12,120
Jurm12,106
Kuhsan12,087
Tukzar12,021
Chahar Burj11,935
Larkird11,635
Rudbar11,034
Farkhar10,480
Zindah Jan10,104
Anar Darah10,023
Tarinkot10,000
Imam Sahib9,659
Darzab9,642
`Alaqahdari Dishu9,196
Tagaw-Bay9,096
Markaz-e Hukumat-e Darweshan9,012
Qala i Naw9,000
Qarchi Gak8,942
Dasht-e Archi8,263
Qal`ah-ye Shahr7,756
Sidqabad7,407
Zarah Sharan7,366
Tir Pul6,979
Basawul6,835
Yangi Qal`ah6,541
Tagab6,400
Khandud5,521
Mir Bachah Kot5,405
Sharan2,200
Maydanshakhr1,600
Parun1,000
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