Population of Cities in Saudi Arabia (2018)

4
Over 1 Million
21
100,000 to 1 Million
44
10,000 to 100,000
  • Riyadh
  • Jeddah
  • Mecca
  • Medina
  • Sultanah
  • Dammam
  • Ta'if
  • Tabuk
  • Al Kharj
  • Buraydah
  • Khamis Mushait
  • Al Hufuf
  • Al Mubarraz
  • Hafar Al-Batin
  • Ha'il
  • Najran
  • Al Jubayl
  • Abha
  • Yanbu
  • Khobar
  • Unaizah
  • Arar
  • Sakakah
  • Jizan
  • Qurayyat
  • Dhahran
  • Al Qatif
  • Al Bahah
  • Tarut
  • Qal`at Bishah
  • Ar Rass
  • Ash Shafa
  • Sayhat
  • Al Mithnab
  • Al Khafji
  • Ad Dawadimi
  • Sabya
  • Az Zulfi
  • Abu `Arish
  • Safwa
  • Rabigh
  • Rahimah
  • Turaif
  • `Afif
  • Tubarjal
  • Ad Dilam
  • Umm Lajj
  • Al-`Ula
  • Abqaiq
  • Badr Hunayn

As the world's 13th largest country by area, it is no surprise that Saudia Arabia is also one of the most populous countries in the world. The city of Riyadh is the country's largest, boasting a population of over 4 million, which contributes heavily to the total population. In addition to Riyadh, there are three additional cities that have populations exceeding one million. There are also 19 cities that have over 100,000 residents, and an additional 44 that each surpass the 10,000 person milestone. These cities are spread across Saudi Arabia's 13 different regions. Each region also has a capital and governorates, which are further divided into sub-governorates. There are a total of 118 governorates in this country.

With such a large population, the majority of Saudi Arabian residents live in the urbanized cities. Just 17% of the population lives in the country's rural areas, while the remaining 83% live in the larger cities that provide more opportunities, both in industries including oil, finance and agriculture, and education. This is a dramatic decrease from the 1960 recorded rural population of 69% of the population. Like many other countries, however, the development and expansion of cities, combined with migrants and natives moving to the cities, has contributed to the decline in rural populations.

Saudi Arabia has 4 cities with more than a million people, 21 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 44 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in Saudi Arabia is Riyadh, with a population of 4,205,961 people.

Riyadh

This city not only has the largest population, but it is also home to the largest all-female university in the world.

4,205,961

Jeddah

This major urban city is also the main gateway to the holy city of Mecca.

2,867,446

Mecca

Mecca is known as the holiest city of Islam.

1,323,624

Medina

The holy city of Medina is home to the Prophet's Mosque.

1,300,000

Sultanah

This city is located within the Al Madinah Province.

946,697

Dammam

This city is the fastest-growing one in Saudi Arabia.

768,602

Ta'if

This agricultural area has many beautiful natural and historic landmarks.

530,848

Tabuk

Tabuk features archaelogical sites including the Prophet's Mosque and Tabuk Castle.

455,450

Al Kharj

425,300

Buraydah

Buraydah has an economy that is based around agriculture.

391,336

Name 2018 Population Location
Riyadh4,205,961Map
Jeddah2,867,446Map
Mecca1,323,624Map
Medina1,300,000Map
Sultanah946,697Map
Dammam768,602Map
Ta'if530,848Map
Tabuk455,450Map
Al Kharj425,300Map
Buraydah391,336Map
Khamis Mushait387,553Map
Al Hufuf293,179Map
Al Mubarraz290,802Map
Hafar Al-Batin271,642Map
Ha'il267,005Map
Najran258,573Map
Al Jubayl237,274Map
Abha210,886Map
Yanbu200,161Map
Khobar165,799Map
Unaizah163,729Map
Arar148,540Map
Sakakah128,332Map
Jizan105,198Map
Qurayyat102,903Map
Dhahran99,540Map
Al Qatif98,259Map
Al Bahah88,419Map
Tarut85,371Map
Qal`at Bishah81,828Map
Ar Rass81,728Map
Ash Shafa72,190Map
Sayhat66,702Map
Al Mithnab60,870Map
Al Khafji54,857Map
Ad Dawadimi54,474Map
Sabya54,108Map
Az Zulfi53,144Map
Abu `Arish49,171Map
Safwa45,876Map
Rabigh41,759Map
Rahimah41,188Map
Turaif40,819Map
`Afif40,648Map
Tubarjal40,019Map
Ad Dilam35,371Map
Umm Lajj33,874Map
Al-`Ula32,413Map
Abqaiq29,474Map
Badr Hunayn27,257Map
Samitah26,945Map
Al Wajh26,636Map
Al Bukayriyah25,153Map
An Nimas24,153Map
As Sulayyil24,097Map
Turabah23,235Map
Al Jumum22,207Map
Duba22,000Map
At Taraf21,386Map
Qaisumah20,685Map
Al Battaliyah16,606Map
Al Munayzilah16,296Map
Al Majaridah14,830Map
Tanumah13,594Map
Al Qurayn12,013Map
Umm as Sahik11,813Map
Sajir11,717Map
Al Awjam11,460Map
Farasan10,527Map
Al Mindak9,218Map
Al Artawiyah9,152Map
Al Jubayl9,108Map
Al Qarah9,106Map
Marat8,885Map
Al Jafr8,715Map
Suwayr8,515Map
Tumayr8,246Map
At Tubi7,740Map
Al Jaradiyah7,396Map
Al Muwayh7,364Map
As Saffaniyah7,014Map
Al Hada6,885Map
Al Markaz6,464Map
Misliyah6,117Map
Al Mutayrifi5,962Map
Mizhirah5,529Map
Ad Darb5,378Map
Julayjilah5,359Map
Mulayjah5,247Map
Al Fuwayliq5,205Map
Tabalah5,151Map