Population of Cities in Nepal (2017)

1
Over 1 Million
6
100,000 to 1 Million
32
10,000 to 100,000

Nepal is the world's 94th largest country by area, and it is one of the top 50 most populous countries. Nepal has many major cities that contribute to its total population of over 31 million inhabitants. Kathmandu is by far the country's largest city. Not only is it the biggest with a population of 1.4 million, but it is also the only city in Nepal that has a population that has surpassed the 1,000,000 milestone. The next largest city, Pokhara, has just 200,000 -- a far cry from the numbers recorded in Nepal. There are five other cities that have populations that have surpassed 100,000. There are also some smaller cities that still have big populations -- numbers that exceed 10,000 per city. There are a total of 32 of these cities, and of course, there are additional smaller cities and towns with populations that are less than 10,000.

Nepal has a large rural population, with 2015 data showing that 81% of residents live in rural areas. While this is still quite a large amount, this is a pretty big decrease from the year 1960, when records show that 97% of the population lived in rural areas. This shows just how much Nepal has grown over the past few decades, and many of its major cities continue to see rapid growth. It will be interesting to see whether this pattern of growth continues for the country, and how much it will affect the overall population of the country, as well as the populations of its major cities.

Nepal has 1 cities with more than a million people, 6 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 32 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in Nepal is Kathmandu, with a population of 1,442,271 people.

Kathmandu

Nepal's capital city is the economic center and the hub of tourism.

1,442,271

Pokhara

This city's mountainous location makes it a popular destination for mountain trekkers.

200,000

Patan

This city has a rich cultural heritage and is known for its arts and crafts.

183,310

Biratnagar

This city is located in one of Nepal's most ethnically diverse regions.

182,324

Birganj

11th Rana Prime Minister Bir Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana founded this city in 1897.

133,238

Dharan Bazar

Ths melting pot city has a variety of cultural events held year-round.

108,600

Bharatpur

This country's poultry industry is thought to account for 60% of the country's total poultry demands.

107,157

Janakpur

The Hindu religion has led this city to become a top tourism spot in Nepal.

93,767

Dhangarhi

This city's is the first sub-metropolitan city in the Far-West after it was named as such in 2015.

92,294

Butwal

This city, twice voted Best City in Nepal, is one of the most rapidly growing areas in the country.

91,733

Name 2017 Population
Kathmandu1,442,271
Pokhara200,000
Patan183,310
Biratnagar182,324
Birganj133,238
Dharan Bazar108,600
Bharatpur107,157
Janakpur93,767
Dhangarhi92,294
Butwal91,733
Mahendranagar88,381
Hetauda84,775
Nepalgunj64,400
Bhairahawa63,367
Gulariya53,107
Ithari47,984
Tikapur44,758
Kirtipur44,632
Tulsipur39,058
Rajbiraj33,061
Lahan31,495
Birendranagar31,381
Panauti27,602
Gaur27,325
Siraha24,657
Tansen23,693
Jaleswar23,573
Dipayal23,416
Baglung23,296
Khandbari22,903
Dhankuta22,084
Waling21,867
Dailekh20,908
Malangwa20,284
Bhadrapur19,523
Dadeldhura19,014
Darchula18,317
Ilam17,491
Banepa17,153
kankrabari Dovan10,000
Hari Bdr Tamang House10,000
Jumla9,073
Lobujya8,767
Besisahar5,427