Iran Population 2017

80,967,189

Iran is home to many different cultures and religions, and Iran offers freedom to practice and carry these out in their own ways. Moreover, Iran has the fourth largest petroleum reserves and largest natural gas reserves. Iran is one of the oldest civilizations in the world dating back to 3200-2800 BC.

The largest city and capital is Tehran, which has a population of nearly 8.4 million. The larger Tehran metropolitan area has a population estimated at 14 million, which makes it the largest city in all of Western Asia and one of the three largest cities in the Middle East after Cairo and Istanbul. Tehran has a population density of 11,887 people per square kilometer (30,790/square mile).

Iran Population History

From 1880 till 1920 the population of Iran remained at 10 million or below. From 1920 on it increased steadily, and the population rate reached 20 million by 1955. Then, according to the statistics, the drastic increase made the population reach 50 million in 1985. After increasing to 60 in 1995, it grew straight up to 70 million in 2005. The population statistics graph shows how dramatically the population had been increasing from year to year, and now the population of Iran is over 78 million.

Iran Demographics

The major part (89%) of the population in Iran is Shi'a Muslim, 10% is Sunni Muslim, and the remaining 1% are Christian, Zorastrian, Baha’i and Jewish. Judaism has a very long history in the country, although the Revolution and the establishment of Israel has left just under 9,000 Jews in the country. Christians are the largest minority religion at 250,000 to 370,000. Most Christians have an Armenian origin.

Iran has one of the largest refugee populations in the world, containing more than one million refugees, mostly from Iraq and Afghanistan. Iran also has a sizeable dysporia as over 5 million Iranians emigrated to other countries following the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

Iran is a very diverse country although the Iranian government does not collect information about ethnicity through its census. The largest ethnic groups are the Persians and Azerbaijanis. About 79% of the population belong to an Indo-European ethno-linguistic group. Persians account for 61% of the population, followed by Kurds (10%), Lurs (6%), and Balochs (2%). Other ethnicities account for the remaining 21%, including the Azerbaijanis (16%), Arabs (2%), Turkmens and Turkic tribes (2%), as well as Armenians, Assyrians, and Georgians.

Iran Population Growth

The population of Iran is increasing at an alarming rate. This is also due to the people migrating from the surrounding countries (Afghanistan and Iraq) for security reasons. The population of Iran changed and increased drastically during the past years, but now it is expected to drop by 2101 according to the deputy health minister of Iran, Fatima Rakhshani.

Iran's young population is expected to reach 14 percent of the total population in 2050.

Iran Population in 2017Source: Mehrad Watson

Population Data via United Nations WPP (2015 Revision, Medium Variant)

Iran Population Growth

Iran's population growth is expected to slow over the coming decades, although the country is predicted to hit 100 million by 2050.

Iran Population Density

Name Population
Aq Qayeh5,114
Shahrak-e Emam Hasan-e Mojtaba5,394
Nashta Rud5,837
Shahrak-e Pabedana6,503
Khark8,196
Sharifabad8,870
Fareydunshahr11,562
Mehran11,831
Tafresh14,399
Ardestan16,058
Hashtrud16,888
Paveh17,779
Abdanan19,360
Taft19,394
Ramshir19,454
Kish20,922
Mahdishahr21,000
Khvansar21,146
Aghajari21,785
Bandar-e Lengeh22,768
Darreh Shahr24,961
Qeshm25,000
Farsan25,071
Gerash25,316
Semirom27,220
Aleshtar27,701
Fuman27,763
Juybar28,404
Bahar28,645
Damavand29,144
Qahderijan29,392
`Ajab Shir29,675
Pasargad29,825
Bafq31,215
Qarah Zia' od Din31,947
Farrokh Shahr32,391
Delijan33,508
Dowlatabad33,607
Kelishad va Sudarjan33,630
Kalaleh33,700
Fereydunkenar34,097
Eqbaliyeh36,709
Mahriz36,720
Bardsir37,192
Shadegan37,220
Dorcheh Piaz37,462
Tonekabon37,501
Taybad37,513
Qasr-e Qand37,722
Javanrud38,657
Ramhormoz38,821
Astara39,065
Nowshahr40,000
Qa'en40,157
Ravar40,167
Shahin Dezh41,442
Susangerd41,443
Astaneh-ye Ashrafiyeh42,784
Sonqor43,174
Gonabad43,465
Golpayegan44,916
Hashtpar45,305
Neyriz45,506
Dehloran46,002
Sarakhs46,499
Chenaran46,940
Omidiyeh46,983
Chabahar47,287
Azna47,482
Rudsar47,502
Azadshahr47,590
Babolsar48,051
Neka48,847
Rehnan49,143
Istgah-e Rah Ahan-e Garmsar49,491
Falavarjan49,843
Tabas49,993
Khorramdarreh50,528
Oshnaviyeh50,661
Khalkhal51,024
Takab51,541
Sarpol-e Zahab51,611
Meybod51,874
Shush52,284
Shahr-e Babak52,409
Borujen52,654
Bandar-e Ganaveh52,750
Kangavar53,414
Pishva53,856
Bijar53,871
Abyek55,128
Malard56,745
Abadeh56,988
Harsin57,647
Ardakan58,834
Shahriar58,849
Torbat-e Jam58,928
Zarand58,983
Asadabad59,617
Esfarayen59,678
Kamyaran61,642
Piranshahr61,973
Robat Karim62,753
Darab63,319
Nurabad64,041
Firuzabad66,558
Damghan67,694
Langarud68,148
Khash69,603
Chalus69,638
Dehdasht69,726
Abhar69,889
Minab70,790
Takestan71,499
Naqadeh73,528
Nurabad73,528
Alvand74,889
Nahavand76,250
Khomeyn77,425
Shushtar77,507
Behbahan79,327
Shahre Jadide Andisheh80,000
Bonab80,359
Salmas81,606
Shirvan82,790
Borazjan86,059
Qorveh87,953
Aligudarz91,041
Marivan91,664
Behshahr93,500
Ahar94,348
Kazerun94,511
Dogonbadan94,638
Kashmar96,151
Yasuj96,786
Fasa98,061
Akbarabad98,342
Bam99,268
Kuhdasht100,208
Shahreza100,790
Parsabad101,661
Baneh104,799
Bandar-e Anzali110,826
Masjed Soleyman111,510
Quchan111,752
Zabol121,989
Marand124,191
Semnan124,826
Torbat-e Heydariyeh125,633
Shahr-e Kord129,153
Iranshahr131,232
Gonbad-e Kavus131,416
Shahrud131,889
Miandoab132,819
Ilam140,940
Rafsanjan147,680
Saqqez151,237
Mahabad162,434
Bandar-e Bushehr165,377
Khvoy175,370
Saveh175,533
Malayer176,573
Varamin179,603
Bojnurd192,041
Birjand196,982
Amol199,382
Babol202,796
Sirjan207,645
Bukan213,331
Nazarabad213,388
Nishabur220,929
Najafabad223,450
Sabzevar226,183
Gorgan244,937
Qarchak251,834
Borujerd251,958
Sari255,396
Kashan272,359
Khomeyni Shahr277,334
Khorramabad329,825
Khorramshahr330,606
Qazvin333,635
Sanandaj349,176
Bandar Abbas352,173
Zanjan357,471
Abadan370,180
Ardabil410,753
Yazd477,905
Arak503,647
Azadshahr514,102
Hamadan528,256
Zahedan551,980
Orumiyeh577,307
Kerman577,514
Rasht594,590
Kermanshah621,100
Kahriz766,706
Pasragad Branch787,878
Ahvaz841,145
Qom900,000
Shiraz1,249,942
Tabriz1,424,641
Karaj1,448,075
Isfahan1,547,164
Mashhad2,307,177
Tehran7,153,309

About Iran

Official NameIslamic Republic of Iran
Languages SpokenPersian
BordersAFG, ARM, AZE, IRQ, PAK, TUR, TKM
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude3253
Currencies UsedIRR

Iran Population Clock

What is the population of Iran (as of August 21, 2017)?80,967,189
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)80945718
Births Per Day704
Deaths Per Day204
Net Migrations Per Day -79
Net Change Per Day 421
Population Change Since January 1st97,672

Iran Population Indicators

IndicatorValueWorld Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 15.912 births/thousand117
Crude Death Rate 4.603 deaths/thousand188
Crude Net Migration Rate -0.354 people/thousand96
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 75.861 years76
Male Life Expectancy 74.783 years59
Female Life Expectancy 77.021 years102
Total Fertility Rate 1.634 children/woman162
Net Reproduction Rate 0.771 surviving daughters/woman165
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.052 males per female80
Infant Mortality Rate 12.973 deaths/1,000 live births108
Under Five Mortality 15.123 deaths/thousand107
Mean Age at Childbearing 28.658 years125
Rate of Natural Increase 10.923 106
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 3.744 %75
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 4.68 %79
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 2.805 %81
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 9.781 %55
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 11.83 %51
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 7.621 %64
Crude Suicide Rate 5.3 suicides/thousand109
Median Age (Total) 29.4 years115
Median Age (Female) 29.7 years112
Median Age (Male) 29.1 years111

Iran Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
201780,945,71850.32%49.68%491571.06%17
201579,109,27250.355%49.645%481571.17%17
201074,253,37250.56%49.44%451571.25%17
200570,122,11551.049%48.951%431561.14%17
200065,850,06250.68%49.32%401541.45%17
199560,318,63250.715%49.285%371531.62%16
199056,169,19650.948%49.052%341531.97%20
198547,290,79351.06%48.94%291553.97%22
198038,668,22251.529%48.471%231603.91%22
197532,730,55551.384%48.616%201603.04%25
197028,514,01151.387%48.613%171622.65%25
196524,955,11651.389%48.611%151612.65%26
196021,906,90551.32%48.68%131642.58%26
195519,293,99851.167%48.833%111652.5%26
195017,119,26350.877%49.123%101612.29%28

Iran Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
202083,403,28050.286%49.714%511580.86%17
202586,496,63850.221%49.779%531580.55%17
203088,528,87750.161%49.839%541590.37%17
203589,996,16150.11%49.89%551600.29%19
204091,205,16650.068%49.932%561600.23%19
204592,059,53150.033%49.967%561610.11%19
205092,218,83850.014%49.986%56163-0.09%21
205591,404,87350.015%49.985%56164-0.31%22
206089,617,02050.06%49.94%55163-0.51%24
206587,097,13950.162%49.838%53166-0.64%25
207084,216,84150.334%49.666%51170-0.7%26
207581,312,05550.552%49.448%49172-0.69%27
208078,601,15250.76%49.24%48175-0.65%30
208576,162,12250.913%49.087%46178-0.6%31
209073,941,11951.017%48.983%45180-0.59%35
209571,795,37851.081%48.919%44180-0.6%35
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations