Population of Cities in Ethiopia (2018)

1
Over 1 Million
9
100,000 to 1 Million
85
10,000 to 100,000
  • Addis Ababa
  • Dire Dawa
  • Mek'ele
  • Nazret
  • Bahir Dar
  • Gondar
  • Dese
  • Hawassa
  • Jimma
  • Bishoftu
  • Kombolcha
  • Harar
  • Sodo
  • Shashemene
  • Hosa'ina
  • Arba Minch
  • Adigrat
  • Debre Mark'os
  • Debre Birhan
  • Jijiga
  • Inda Silase
  • Ziway
  • Dila
  • Hagere Hiywet
  • Gambela
  • Axum
  • Waliso
  • Yirga `Alem
  • Mojo
  • Goba
  • Shakiso
  • Felege Neway
  • Areka
  • Boditi
  • Debre Tabor
  • Jinka
  • Gimbi
  • Asbe Teferi
  • Korem
  • Asosa
  • Butajira
  • Metu
  • Agaro
  • Kibre Mengist
  • Maych'ew
  • Werota
  • Dembi Dolo
  • Dubti
  • Fiche
  • K'olito

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 85 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

Mek'ele

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

Jimma

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 2018 Population Location
Addis Ababa2,757,729Map
Dire Dawa252,279Map
Mek'ele215,546Map
Nazret213,995Map
Bahir Dar168,899Map
Gondar153,914Map
Dese136,056Map
Hawassa133,097Map
Jimma128,306Map
Bishoftu104,215Map
Kombolcha93,605Map
Harar90,218Map
Sodo86,050Map
Shashemene85,871Map
Hosa'ina75,963Map
Arba Minch69,622Map
Adigrat65,000Map
Debre Mark'os59,920Map
Debre Birhan57,787Map
Jijiga56,821Map
Inda Silase50,078Map
Ziway49,416Map
Dila47,021Map
Hagere Hiywet43,920Map
Gambela42,366Map
Axum41,249Map
Waliso38,394Map
Yirga `Alem36,292Map
Mojo34,547Map
Goba34,369Map
Shakiso34,078Map
Felege Neway33,429Map
Areka33,150Map
Boditi32,997Map
Debre Tabor32,659Map
Jinka32,115Map
Gimbi31,809Map
Asbe Teferi30,772Map
Korem30,633Map
Asosa30,512Map
Butajira30,502Map
Metu29,648Map
Agaro28,268Map
Kibre Mengist27,854Map
Maych'ew27,186Map
Werota26,813Map
Dembi Dolo26,748Map
Dubti26,370Map
Fiche25,758Map
K'olito25,614Map
Mendi25,239Map
Debark'24,700Map
Tippi24,169Map
Kemise23,861Map
Asasa23,790Map
Genet23,753Map
Finote Selam23,463Map
Metahara23,403Map
Dodola23,116Map
Addiet Canna22,946Map
Adis Zemen22,522Map
Hagere Maryam22,105Map
Bure22,038Map
Robit20,679Map
Asaita20,342Map
Bedele20,293Map
Nejo20,166Map
Sebeta19,533Map
Bati19,260Map
Bonga18,973Map
Bako17,872Map
Yabelo17,819Map
Bedesa17,526Map
Wenji17,120Map
Ginir16,757Map
Gebre Guracha16,583Map
Bichena16,411Map
Gelemso16,065Map
Shambu15,354Map
Abomsa15,258Map
Mizan Teferi14,002Map
Wendo12,945Map
Guder12,569Map
Huruta12,442Map
Hirna12,295Map
Dejen11,739Map
Dabat11,544Map
Awash11,415Map
Leku11,398Map
Gewane11,279Map
Lalibela11,152Map
Gidole10,736Map
Debre Werk'10,579Map
Tulu Bolo10,531Map
Sirre10,089Map
Adis `Alem9,859Map
Kofele9,643Map
Debre Sina9,409Map
Gore9,352Map
Deder8,884Map
Were Ilu7,636Map
Gedo7,499Map
Sendafa7,326Map
Mega6,884Map
Hagere Selam5,169Map
Semera833Map