Population of Cities in Iraq (2017)

5
Over 1 Million
22
100,000 to 1 Million
42
10,000 to 100,000

Iraq is one of the world's most populous country, ranking 37th with a population that exceeds 37 million. This country has many major cities that contribute heavily to this total population count. The largest city in the country is Baghdad, which has a population of over 5 million. Its next most populous city, Al Basrah, has a population of over 2.6 million -- a respectable number but still less than half of the population found in Baghdad. These aren't the only cities with populations exceeding 1,000,000. There are three other cities that have populations of over 1,000,000, and these cities are Al Mawsil al Jadidah, Mosul and Al Basrah al Qadimah. There are 22 cities with populations topping 100,000 but falling below the 1,000,000 inhabitant milestone, and 41 cities with minimum populations of 10,000 residents. There are also smaller cities and towns that have populations under 10,000 which contribute to the total count of this populous country.

Iraq has 31% of its population living in the rural areas of the country. In 1960, this number was at 57%, and it has declined and will continue to decline as more people move away from rural areas to pursue employment in the larger urban areas, as well as migrants that move to the country for these same opportunities. Iraq's population has not stopped growing over the last few decades, and it currently has a very healthy growth rate. Because of this continued population growth, it will be interesting to see how the population of the country as a whole, as well as its major cities, will handle the added inhabitants.

Iraq has 5 cities with more than a million people, 22 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 42 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in Iraq is , with a population of 7,216,000 people.

Baghdad

The capital of the Republic of Iraq is the second largest city in the Arab world.

7,216,000

Al Mawsil al Jadidah

Primary products that have come from this city include oil and marble.

2,065,597

Al Basrah al Qadimah

This city, which was a proposed location for the Garden of Eden, is one of the hottest cities in Iraq.

2,015,483

Mosul

The history of this city dates back to as far as 25 BC.

1,739,800

Erbil

This city has been named an Arab Tourism Capital and its Erbil Citadel is a World Heritage Site.

932,800

Abu Ghurayb

This city was created by the Iraqi government in 1944.

900,000

As Sulaymaniyah

Kurdish prince Ibrahim Pasha Baban founded this city in 1784.

723,170

Kirkuk

This is a multilingual city that has a very ethnically diverse population.

601,433

Name 2017 Population
Baghdad7,216,000
Basrah2,600,000
Al Mawsil al Jadidah2,065,597
Al Basrah al Qadimah2,015,483
Mosul1,739,800
Erbil932,800
Abu Ghurayb900,000
As Sulaymaniyah723,170
Kirkuk601,433
Najaf482,576
Karbala434,450
An Nasiriyah400,249
Al 'Amarah323,302
Ad Diwaniyah318,801
Al Kut315,162
Al Hillah289,709
Dihok284,000
Ramadi274,539
Al Fallujah190,159
Samarra'158,508
As Samawah152,890
Baqubah152,550
Sinah128,776
Az Zubayr122,676
Kufa110,000
Umm Qasr107,620
Al Faw104,569
Zaxo95,052
Al Harithah92,395
Ash Shatrah82,732
Al Hayy78,272
Jamjamal75,634
Khalis70,046
Tozkhurmato59,886
Ash Shamiyah57,661
Al Hindiyah57,490
Halabjah57,333
Al Miqdadiyah50,698
Al-Hamdaniya50,000
Ar Rumaythah47,248
Koysinceq44,987
Al 'Aziziyah44,751
Al Musayyib42,901
Tikrit42,477
As Suwayrah42,354
Balad42,088
Sinjar38,294
Imam Qasim36,992
Bayji36,454
Hit31,901
Hadithah30,925
Nahiyat Ghammas30,909
Nahiyat Saddat al Hindiyah30,622
Kifri30,143
Mandali29,785
Baynjiwayn27,116
'Anah27,000
Ad Dujayl26,362
Tallkayf23,524
Al Mishkhab23,189
'Aqrah23,000
Ruwandiz22,943
Nahiyat ash Shinafiyah22,643
Ar Rutbah22,370
'Afak21,888
Nahiyat al Fuhud21,551
'Anat al Qadimah19,719
'Ali al Gharbi19,711
Rawah13,000