Population of Cities in Ethiopia (2017)

1
Over 1 Million
9
100,000 to 1 Million
83
10,000 to 100,000

Ethiopia is the world's 31st largest country, and the population numbers coincide with the overall size of the country, as Ethiopia is the 14th most populous country. Ethiopia's largest city is Addis Ababa, which has a population of 2.7 million that could surpass 3 million in the near future. This is the only city in the country that has hit this milestone. There are, however, many other cities that make up the remainder of this country's large population. There are nine total cities that each have a population of at least 100,000. There are also 83 cities that have populations of over 10,000. These cities, as well as the other towns and smaller cities, are spread across Ethiopia's nine regional states.

Despite its larger cities and the populations within those boundaries, a large number of residents live in the country's rural areas. In fact, 81 percent of the population live in rural areas. Unfortunately, however, the population of the country has been cause for concern, with many believing that the country is overpopulated. Famine, war, poverty, deforestation and soil erosion have occured while the country is developing and as it becomes more populated. Others, however, believe that poor governance has led to these problems. Only the future will tell how Ethiopia's cities will handle further population growth.

Ethiopia has 1 cities with more than a million people, 9 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 83 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in Ethiopia is Addis Ababa, with a population of 2,757,729 people.

Addis Ababa

With so many international and continental organizations, the capital city is known as the political capital of Africa.

2,757,729

Dire Dawa

This industrial center is only one of two chartered cities in Ethiopia.

252,279

Mekele

This Special Zone is divided up into seven sub-cities.

215,546

Nazret

This city is considered a hub of transportation in Ethiopia.

213,995

Bahir Dar

This city has been awarded for its rapid urbanization, and it's one of Ethiopia's top tourist destinations.

168,899

Gondar

Gondar to this has remains of historic royal castles.

153,914

Dese

The city of Dese is thought to have been named by Emperor Yohannes IV.

136,056

Hawassa

Fishing plays a huge role in the economy of this Ethiopian city.

133,097

Jima

Agricultural research is conducted at the city's Jimma Research Center.

128,306

Bishoftu

This resort town is best known for its five crater lakes.

104,215

Name 2017 Population
Addis Ababa2,757,729
Dire Dawa252,279
Mekele215,546
Nazret213,995
Bahir Dar168,899
Gondar153,914
Dese136,056
Hawassa133,097
Jima128,306
Bishoftu104,215
Kombolcha93,605
Harar90,218
Shashemene85,871
Arba Minch'69,622
Adigrat65,000
Debre Mark'os59,920
Debre Birhan57,787
Jijiga56,821
Inda Silase50,078
Ziway49,416
Dila47,021
Hagere Hiywet43,920
Gambela42,366
Aksum41,249
Waliso38,394
Yirga `Alem36,292
Mojo34,547
Goba34,369
Shakiso34,078
Felege Neway33,429
Areka33,150
Boditi32,997
Debre Tabor32,659
Jinka32,115
Gimbi31,809
Asbe Teferi30,772
Korem30,633
Asosa30,512
Butajira30,502
Metu29,648
Agaro28,268
Kibre Mengist27,854
Maych'ew27,186
Werota26,813
Dembi Dolo26,748
Dubti26,370
Fiche25,758
K'olito25,614
Mendi25,239
Debark'24,700
Tippi24,169
Kemise23,861
Asasa23,790
Genet23,753
Finote Selam23,463
Metahara23,403
Dodola23,116
Addiet Canna22,946
Adis Zemen22,522
Hagere Maryam22,105
Bure22,038
Robit20,679
Asaita20,342
Bedele20,293
Nejo20,166
Sebeta19,533
Bati19,260
Bonga18,973
Bako17,872
Yabelo17,819
Bedesa17,526
Wenji17,120
Ginir16,757
Gebre Guracha16,583
Bichena16,411
Gelemso16,065
Shambu15,354
Abomsa15,258
Mizan Teferi14,002
Wendo12,945
Guder12,569
Huruta12,442
Hirna12,295
Dejen11,739
Dabat11,544
Awash11,415
Leku11,398
Gewane11,279
Lalibela11,152
Gidole10,736
Debre Werk'10,579
Tulu Bolo10,531
Sirre10,089
Adis `Alem9,859
Kofele9,643
Debre Sina9,409
Gore9,352
Deder8,884
Were Ilu7,636
Gedo7,499
Sendafa7,326
Mega6,884
Hagere Selam5,169
Semera833