Population of Cities in Ecuador (2018)

2
Over 1 Million
14
100,000 to 1 Million
66
10,000 to 100,000
  • Guayaquil
  • Quito
  • Cuenca
  • Santo Domingo de los Colorados
  • Machala
  • Manta
  • Portoviejo
  • Eloy Alfaro
  • Esmeraldas
  • Ambato
  • Tutamandahostel
  • Milagro
  • Ibarra
  • Riobamba
  • Quevedo
  • Loja
  • Tulcan
  • Babahoyo
  • La Libertad
  • Latacunga
  • Velasco Ibarra
  • Puerto Francisco de Orellana
  • Ventanas
  • Pasaje
  • Chone
  • Salinas
  • Santa Elena
  • Rosa Zarate
  • Santa Rosa
  • Balzar
  • Huaquillas
  • Bahia de Caraquez
  • La Troncal
  • Jipijapa
  • Azogues
  • Naranjito
  • Vinces
  • Otavalo
  • El Triunfo
  • Naranjal
  • Playas
  • Yaguachi Nuevo
  • Cayambe
  • Machachi
  • Puyo
  • Nueva Loja
  • Samborondon
  • Macas
  • Pedro Carbo
  • Guaranda

Situated in the foothills of the Andeans at an elevation of 2,850 meters (making it the second-highest capital city in the world after Laz Paz in Bolivia), Ecuador's capital city of Quito is known for its Spanish colonial center, particularly its sixteenth and seventeenth century palaces and religious sites, many of which remain intact today. Quito is also known for being the capital city that is closest to the equator. The city has a population of approximately 1.4 million and, although it serves as an important political, economic and cultural center, it is not the most populous city in Ecuador.

Ecuador's largest city by population is Guayaquil, which has around two million residents and is home to the nation's main port. Guayaquil is located on the Guayas River, which flows into the Pacific Ocean. The city of Cuenca is Ecuador's third-largest city and is situated in the highlands at an elevation of 2,560 meters above sea level. Cuenca, with its population of 400,000 in the urban area and 700,000 in the wider metropolitan area, is regarded as being Ecuador's most European city. It retains many historical buildings from the Spanish colonial period and its city center is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ecuador has 2 cities with more than a million people, 14 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 66 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in Ecuador is Guayaquil, with a population of 1,952,029 people.

Guayaquil

Guayaquil is located on the western bank of the Guayas River.

1,952,029

Quito

The historic center of Quito has one of the largest and best-preserved historic centers in the Americas.

1,399,814

Cuenca

The center of the city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Trust site due to its many historical buildings.

276,964

Machala

Machala is the fourth-largest city in the country, and the second most important port.

198,123

Manta

Manta is known for its international film festival featuring directors from around the world.

183,166

Portoviejo

Portoviejo has a thriving agricultural processing industry and is an important commercial center.

170,326

Eloy Alfaro

Canton Eloy Alfaro is a canton of Ecuador, and part of the province of Esmeraldas.

167,784

Esmeraldas

Esmeraldas has an international sea port and a small airport.

165,216

Name 2018 Population Location
Guayaquil1,952,029Map
Quito1,399,814Map
Cuenca276,964Map
Santo Domingo de los Colorados200,421Map
Machala198,123Map
Manta183,166Map
Portoviejo170,326Map
Eloy Alfaro167,784Map
Esmeraldas165,216Map
Ambato154,369Map
Tutamandahostel140,000Map
Milagro133,508Map
Ibarra132,977Map
Riobamba124,478Map
Quevedo119,436Map
Loja117,796Map
Tulcan86,498Map
Babahoyo76,279Map
La Libertad75,881Map
Latacunga51,717Map
Velasco Ibarra48,754Map
Puerto Francisco de Orellana48,144Map
Ventanas46,708Map
Pasaje44,860Map
Chone44,751Map
Salinas43,862Map
Santa Elena42,214Map
Rosa Zarate42,121Map
Santa Rosa41,816Map
Balzar40,115Map
Huaquillas39,757Map
Bahia de Caraquez37,056Map
La Troncal36,353Map
Jipijapa35,901Map
Azogues34,877Map
Naranjito34,206Map
Vinces32,497Map
Otavalo32,330Map
El Triunfo32,282Map
Naranjal32,045Map
Playas30,564Map
Yaguachi Nuevo27,947Map
Cayambe26,582Map
Machachi25,742Map
Puyo24,881Map
Nueva Loja24,211Map
Samborondon24,118Map
Macas23,687Map
Pedro Carbo23,372Map
Guaranda22,199Map
Boca Suno20,313Map
San Lorenzo de Esmeraldas20,209Map
Catamayo18,565Map
Montecristi18,351Map
Atuntaqui17,456Map
Calceta17,286Map
Tena17,172Map
Gualaceo17,122Map
Pinas16,981Map
Cariamanga16,862Map
Pelileo16,572Map
La Mana16,450Map
Pujili16,168Map
Montalvo15,547Map
Sucre15,286Map
Zamora15,276Map
San Gabriel15,112Map
Tosagua14,680Map
Alausi14,294Map
Muisne13,393Map
Macara13,035Map
Santa Ana12,833Map
Guano12,659Map
Alfredo Baquerizo Moreno12,617Map
San Miguel12,575Map
Santa Lucia12,523Map
Zaruma12,505Map
Balao12,205Map
Valdez11,441Map
Catacocha10,872Map
San Miguel de Salcedo10,838Map
Rocafuerte10,274Map
Yantzaza9,970Map
Canar9,900Map
Catarama9,723Map
Portovelo9,708Map
Banos9,501Map
Colimes9,384Map
Palestina9,364Map
Pajan9,183Map
Junin9,128Map
Palenque9,083Map
Puerto Ayora8,996Map
Puerto Bolivar8,300Map
Cotacachi8,238Map
Lomas de Sargentillo7,542Map
Pillaro7,462Map
Sucua7,413Map
Pimampiro7,408Map
Archidona7,309Map
Coronel Marcelino Mariduena7,303Map
Palora6,472Map
Pedernales5,983Map
Celica5,499Map
Sangolqui5,114Map
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno4,214Map