Population of Cities in Iraq (2018)

5
Over 1 Million
22
100,000 to 1 Million
42
10,000 to 100,000
  • Baghdad
  • Basrah
  • Al Mawsil al Jadidah
  • Al Basrah al Qadimah
  • Mosul
  • Erbil
  • Abu Ghurayb
  • As Sulaymaniyah
  • Kirkuk
  • Najaf
  • Karbala
  • Nasiriyah
  • Al 'Amarah
  • Ad Diwaniyah
  • Al Kut
  • Al Hillah
  • Dihok
  • Ramadi
  • Al Fallujah
  • Samarra'
  • As Samawah
  • Baqubah
  • Sinah
  • Az Zubayr
  • Kufa
  • Umm Qasr
  • Al Faw
  • Zaxo
  • Al Harithah
  • Ash Shatrah
  • Al Hayy
  • Jamjamal
  • Khalis
  • Tozkhurmato
  • Ash Shamiyah
  • Al Hindiyah
  • Halabjah
  • Al Miqdadiyah
  • Al-Hamdaniya
  • Ar Rumaythah
  • Koysinceq
  • Al 'Aziziyah
  • Al Musayyib
  • Tikrit
  • As Suwayrah
  • Balad
  • Sinjar
  • Imam Qasim
  • Bayji
  • Hit

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 Baghdad, 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

Basrah

Despite not having deep water access, this city is Iraq's main port.

2,600,000

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

Najaf

An Najaf is considered to be the third holiest city of Islam and the Shia world’s spiritual capital.

482,576

Name 2018 Population Location
Baghdad7,216,000Map
Basrah2,600,000Map
Al Mawsil al Jadidah2,065,597Map
Al Basrah al Qadimah2,015,483Map
Mosul1,739,800Map
Erbil932,800Map
Abu Ghurayb900,000Map
As Sulaymaniyah723,170Map
Kirkuk601,433Map
Najaf482,576Map
Karbala434,450Map
Nasiriyah400,249Map
Al 'Amarah323,302Map
Ad Diwaniyah318,801Map
Al Kut315,162Map
Al Hillah289,709Map
Dihok284,000Map
Ramadi274,539Map
Al Fallujah190,159Map
Samarra'158,508Map
As Samawah152,890Map
Baqubah152,550Map
Sinah128,776Map
Az Zubayr122,676Map
Kufa110,000Map
Umm Qasr107,620Map
Al Faw104,569Map
Zaxo95,052Map
Al Harithah92,395Map
Ash Shatrah82,732Map
Al Hayy78,272Map
Jamjamal75,634Map
Khalis70,046Map
Tozkhurmato59,886Map
Ash Shamiyah57,661Map
Al Hindiyah57,490Map
Halabjah57,333Map
Al Miqdadiyah50,698Map
Al-Hamdaniya50,000Map
Ar Rumaythah47,248Map
Koysinceq44,987Map
Al 'Aziziyah44,751Map
Al Musayyib42,901Map
Tikrit42,477Map
As Suwayrah42,354Map
Balad42,088Map
Sinjar38,294Map
Imam Qasim36,992Map
Bayji36,454Map
Hit31,901Map
Hadithah30,925Map
Nahiyat Ghammas30,909Map
Nahiyat Saddat al Hindiyah30,622Map
Kifri30,143Map
Mandali29,785Map
Baynjiwayn27,116Map
'Anah27,000Map
Ad Dujayl26,362Map
Tallkayf23,524Map
Al Mishkhab23,189Map
'Aqrah23,000Map
Ruwandiz22,943Map
Nahiyat ash Shinafiyah22,643Map
Ar Rutbah22,370Map
'Afak21,888Map
Nahiyat al Fuhud21,551Map
'Anat al Qadimah19,719Map
'Ali al Gharbi19,711Map
Rawah13,000Map