Population of Cities in Iran (2018)

6
Over 1 Million
61
100,000 to 1 Million
135
10,000 to 100,000
  • Tehran
  • Mashhad
  • Isfahan
  • Karaj
  • Tabriz
  • Shiraz
  • Qom
  • Ahvaz
  • Pasragad Branch
  • Kahriz
  • Kermanshah
  • Rasht
  • Kerman
  • Orumiyeh
  • Zahedan
  • Hamadan
  • Azadshahr
  • Arak
  • Yazd
  • Ardabil
  • Abadan
  • Zanjan
  • Bandar Abbas
  • Sanandaj
  • Qazvin
  • Khorramshahr
  • Khorramabad
  • Khomeyni Shahr
  • Sari
  • Borujerd
  • Qarchak
  • Gorgan
  • Sabzevar
  • Najafabad
  • Neyshabur
  • Nazarabad
  • Bukan
  • Sirjan
  • Babol
  • Amol
  • Birjand
  • Bojnurd
  • Varamin
  • Malayer
  • Saveh
  • Khowy
  • Bushehr
  • Mahabad
  • Saqqez
  • Rafsanjan

As the world's 18th largest country by area, it's no surprise that the country of Iran has a large population to match the size of its land area. Iran is the world's 17th largest country by population with an estimated population of over 81 million as of 2016. Because its population is so large, of course it would have megacities that contribute to these large figures. The largest city in Tehran, which has a population that exceeds 7 million. Its second largest city, Masshad, has over 2 million inhabitants, falling far behind Tehran but still large when compared to other cities across the country and the entire world. Iran also has four additional cities that have recorded populations of over one million. There are 61 total cities with populations that fall below this milestone but have more than 100,000 inhabitants. There are also 128 major cities with populations that exceed 10,000 people.

Back in 1960, Iran's population was primarily situated in rural areas. However, as cities have developed and grown and more people are moving to urban areas, this number has decreased dramatically over the years. Figures from 2015 show that just over one-quarter of the population -- 27% to be exact -- live in rural areas, with the remainder of the population living in the various urban cities that are spread across a total of 31 provinces.

Iran has 6 cities with more than a million people, 61 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 135 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in Iran is Tehran, with a population of 7,153,309 people.

Tehran

Iran's capital has the 29th largest metropolitan area in the world.

7,153,309

Mashhad

The city is well-known for being the site of the tomb of Imam Reza.

2,307,177

Isfahan

This city, once one of the largest in the world, has one of the world's largest city plazas and shopping malls.

1,547,164

Karaj

This major industrial city used to be a summer resort.

1,448,075

Tabriz

This summer resort city is one of Iran's historical capitals.

1,424,641

Shiraz

The early history of this city dates all the way back to at least 2000 BC.

1,249,942

Qom

This holy city is also a major industrial center in Iran.

900,000

Ahvaz

This city is known for its sports organizations and universities.

841,145

Name 2018 Population Location
Tehran7,153,309Map
Mashhad2,307,177Map
Isfahan1,547,164Map
Karaj1,448,075Map
Tabriz1,424,641Map
Shiraz1,249,942Map
Qom900,000Map
Ahvaz841,145Map
Pasragad Branch787,878Map
Kahriz766,706Map
Kermanshah621,100Map
Rasht594,590Map
Kerman577,514Map
Orumiyeh577,307Map
Zahedan551,980Map
Hamadan528,256Map
Azadshahr514,102Map
Arak503,647Map
Yazd477,905Map
Ardabil410,753Map
Abadan370,180Map
Zanjan357,471Map
Bandar Abbas352,173Map
Sanandaj349,176Map
Qazvin333,635Map
Khorramshahr330,606Map
Khorramabad329,825Map
Khomeyni Shahr277,334Map
Sari255,396Map
Borujerd251,958Map
Qarchak251,834Map
Gorgan244,937Map
Sabzevar226,183Map
Najafabad223,450Map
Neyshabur220,929Map
Nazarabad213,388Map
Bukan213,331Map
Sirjan207,645Map
Babol202,796Map
Amol199,382Map
Birjand196,982Map
Bojnurd192,041Map
Varamin179,603Map
Malayer176,573Map
Saveh175,533Map
Khowy175,370Map
Bushehr165,377Map
Mahabad162,434Map
Saqqez151,237Map
Rafsanjan147,680Map
Ilam140,940Map
Miandoab132,819Map
Shahrud131,889Map
Gonbad-e Kavus131,416Map
Iranshahr131,232Map
Shahr-e Kord129,153Map
Torbat-e Heydariyeh125,633Map
Semnan124,826Map
Marand124,191Map
Zabol121,989Map
Quchan111,752Map
Masjed Soleyman111,510Map
Bandar-e Anzali110,826Map
Baneh104,799Map
Parsabad101,661Map
Shahreza100,790Map
Kuhdasht100,208Map
Bam99,268Map
Akbarabad98,342Map
Fasa98,061Map
Yasuj96,786Map
Kashmar96,151Map
Dogonbadan94,638Map
Kazerun94,511Map
Ahar94,348Map
Behshahr93,500Map
Marivan91,664Map
Aligudarz91,041Map
Qorveh87,953Map
Borazjan86,059Map
Shirvan82,790Map
Salmas81,606Map
Bonab80,359Map
Shahre Jadide Andisheh80,000Map
Behbahan79,327Map
Shushtar77,507Map
Khomeyn77,425Map
Nahavand76,250Map
Alvand74,889Map
Naqadeh73,528Map
Nurabad73,528Map
Takestan71,499Map
Minab70,790Map
Abhar69,889Map
Dehdasht69,726Map
Chalus69,638Map
Khash69,603Map
Langarud68,148Map
Damghan67,694Map
Firuzabad66,558Map
Nurabad64,041Map
Darab63,319Map
Robat Karim62,753Map
Piranshahr61,973Map
Kamyaran61,642Map
Esfarayen59,678Map
Asadabad59,617Map
Zarand58,983Map
Torbat-e Jam58,928Map
Shahriar58,849Map
Ardakan58,834Map
Harsin57,647Map
Abadeh56,988Map
Malard56,745Map
Abyek55,128Map
Bijar53,871Map
Pishva53,856Map
Kangavar53,414Map
Bandar-e Genaveh52,750Map
Borujen52,654Map
Shahr-e Babak52,409Map
Shush52,284Map
Meybod51,874Map
Sarpol-e Zahab51,611Map
Takab51,541Map
Khalkhal51,024Map
Oshnaviyeh50,661Map
Khorramdarreh50,528Map
Tabas49,993Map
Falavarjan49,843Map
Istgah-e Rah Ahan-e Garmsar49,491Map
Rehnan49,143Map
Neka48,847Map
Babolsar48,051Map
Azadshahr47,590Map
Rudsar47,502Map
Azna47,482Map
Chabahar47,287Map
Omidiyeh46,983Map
Chenaran46,940Map
Sarakhs46,499Map
Dehloran46,002Map
Neyriz45,506Map
Hashtpar45,305Map
Golpayegan44,916Map
Gonabad43,465Map
Sonqor43,174Map
Astaneh-ye Ashrafiyeh42,784Map
Susangerd41,443Map
Shahin Dezh41,442Map
Ravar40,167Map
Qa'en40,157Map
Nowshahr40,000Map
Astara39,065Map
Ramhormoz38,821Map
Javanrud38,657Map
Qasr-e Qand37,722Map
Taybad37,513Map
Tonekabon37,501Map
Dorcheh Piaz37,462Map
Shadegan37,220Map
Bardsir37,192Map
Mahriz36,720Map
Eqbaliyeh36,709Map
Mohr35,000Map
Fereydunkenar34,097Map
Kalaleh33,700Map
Kelishad va Sudarjan33,630Map
Dowlatabad33,607Map
Delijan33,508Map
Farrokh Shahr32,391Map
Qarah Zia' od Din31,947Map
Bafq31,215Map
Pasargad29,825Map
`Ajab Shir29,675Map
Qahderijan29,392Map
Damavand29,144Map
Bahar28,645Map
Juybar28,404Map
Bardaskan28,233Map
Fuman27,763Map
Aleshtar27,701Map
Semirom27,220Map
Gerash25,316Map
Farsan25,071Map
Qeshm25,000Map
Darreh Shahr24,961Map
Bandar-e Lengeh22,768Map
Aghajari21,785Map
Khvansar21,146Map
Mahdishahr21,000Map
Kish20,922Map
Ramshir19,454Map
Taft19,394Map
Abdanan19,360Map
Paveh17,779Map
Padegan-e Manjil17,396Map
Hashtrud16,888Map
Ardestan16,058Map
Tafresh14,399Map
Mehran11,831Map
Fareydunshahr11,562Map
Sharifabad8,870Map
Khark8,196Map
Shahrak-e Pabedana6,503Map
Nashtarud5,837Map
Shahrak-e Emam Hasan5,394Map
Aq Qayeh5,114Map