Population of Cities in Libya (2018)

1
Over 1 Million
13
100,000 to 1 Million
28
10,000 to 100,000
  • Tripoli
  • Benghazi
  • Misratah
  • Tarhuna
  • Al Khums
  • Az Zawiyah
  • Zawiya
  • Ajdabiya
  • Sabha
  • Sirte
  • Al Jadid
  • Tobruk
  • Zliten
  • Sabratah
  • Tagiura
  • Al Marj
  • Gharyan
  • Darnah
  • Al Bayda'
  • Yafran
  • Bani Walid
  • At Taj
  • Zuwarah
  • Murzuq
  • Awbari
  • Brak
  • Zintan
  • Al Abyar
  • Waddan
  • Nalut
  • Mizdah
  • Surman
  • Al Qubbah
  • Ghat
  • Masallatah
  • Tukrah
  • Az Zuwaytinah
  • Hun
  • Zaltan
  • Al Jawf
  • Qaryat Suluq
  • Al Burayqah
  • Bardiyah
  • Ghadamis
  • Awjilah
  • Giado
  • Idri
  • Al 'Aziziyah

Its troubled past and ongoing war means that Libya's fascinating history and diverse landscape of desserts, highlands and coastline are often overlooked. Libya's capital city of Tripoli has a population of 1.1 million people, and is situated on the northwest coast (where the majority of the country's population live) on the edge of the desert. The city functions as the political and administrative center of Libya as well as its main sea port. Tripoli's history can be dated back as far as the seventh century BC, and there are still many significant archaeological sites in the city.

Libya's second-largest city is Benghazi, which is also located along the country's Mediterranean coast. Benghazi previously had joint-capital status alongside Tripoli, and it remains an important center of government and commerce. It is home to Libya's parliament and national library, as well as major companies and organisations. The city has a population of around 700,000 residents. Today, Benghazi is known for being the location of the 2011 uprising against the government, and heavy fighting took place in the city during the Second Libyan Civil War in 2014-2017. Benghazi remains a politically unstable city.

Libya has 1 cities with more than a million people, 13 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 28 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in Libya is Tripoli, with a population of 1,150,989 people.

Tripoli

Tripoli was founded in the seventh century BC by the Phoenicians.

1,150,989

Benghazi

Benghazi is the second most populous city in Libya and the largest in Cyrenaica.

650,629

Misratah

Misratah is the capital city of the Misrata District and has been called the trade capital of Libya.

386,120

Tarhuna

Tarhuna was known as al-Boirat during the nineteenth to mid-twentieth century

210,697

Al Khums

Al Khums was probably founded by a group of local Berbers (and probably Phoenicians) sometime around 1000 BC.

201,943

Az Zawiyah

Az Zawiya has a shoreline bordering the Mediterranean Sea.

200,000

Zawiya

Zawiya is a city in northwestern Libya.

186,123

Ajdabiya

Ajdabiya is divided into three Basic People's Congresses: North Ajdabiya, West Ajdabiya and East Ajdabiya.

134,358

Name 2018 Population Location
Tripoli1,150,989Map
Benghazi650,629Map
Misratah386,120Map
Tarhuna210,697Map
Al Khums201,943Map
Az Zawiyah200,000Map
Zawiya186,123Map
Ajdabiya134,358Map
Sabha130,000Map
Sirte128,123Map
Al Jadid126,386Map
Tobruk121,052Map
Zliten109,972Map
Sabratah102,038Map
Tagiura100,000Map
Al Marj85,315Map
Gharyan85,219Map
Darnah78,782Map
Al Bayda'74,594Map
Yafran67,638Map
Bani Walid46,350Map
At Taj46,050Map
Zuwarah45,000Map
Murzuq43,732Map
Awbari42,975Map
Brak39,444Map
Zintan33,000Map
Al Abyar32,563Map
Waddan27,590Map
Nalut26,256Map
Mizdah26,107Map
Surman25,235Map
Al Qubbah24,631Map
Ghat24,347Map
Masallatah23,702Map
Tukrah23,164Map
Az Zuwaytinah21,015Map
Hun18,878Map
Zaltan17,700Map
Al Jawf17,320Map
Qaryat Suluq15,543Map
Al Burayqah13,780Map
Bardiyah9,149Map
Ghadamis7,000Map
Awjilah6,610Map
Giado6,013Map
Idri4,611Map
Al 'Aziziyah4,000Map
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