Population of Cities in Saudi Arabia (2017)

4
Over 1 Million
19
100,000 to 1 Million
44
10,000 to 100,000

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, 19 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

Buraydah

Buraydah has an economy that is based around agriculture.

391,336

Khamis Mushait

This city has shown impressive growth, expanding from just 50,000 people in the 1970s.

387,553

Name 2017 Population
Riyadh4,205,961
Jeddah2,867,446
Mecca1,323,624
Medina1,300,000
Sultanah946,697
Dammam768,602
Ta'if530,848
Tabuk455,450
Buraydah391,336
Khamis Mushait387,553
Al Hufuf293,179
Al Mubarraz290,802
Hayil267,005
Najran258,573
Al Jubayl237,274
Abha210,886
Yanbu` al Bahr200,161
Khobar165,799
Unaizah163,729
'Ar'ar148,540
Sakaka128,332
Jizan105,198
Al Qurayyat102,903
Dhahran99,540
Al Qatif98,259
Al Bahah88,419
Tarut85,371
Qal`at Bishah81,828
Ar Rass81,728
Ash Shafa72,190
Sayhat66,702
Al Mithnab60,870
Al Khafji54,857
Ad Dawadimi54,474
Sabya54,108
Az Zulfi53,144
Abu `Arish49,171
Safwa45,876
Rabigh41,759
Rahimah41,188
Turayf40,819
`Afif40,648
Tubarjal40,019
Ad Dilam35,371
Umm Lajj33,874
Al 'Ula32,413
Abqaiq29,474
Badr Hunayn27,257
Samitah26,945
Al Wajh26,636
Al Bukayriyah25,153
An Nimas24,153
As Sulayyil24,097
Turabah23,235
Al Jumum22,207
Duba22,000
At Taraf21,386
Al Qaysumah20,685
Al Battaliyah16,606
Al Munayzilah16,296
Al Majaridah14,830
Tanumah13,594
Al Qurayn12,013
Umm as Sahik11,813
Sajir11,717
Al Awjam11,460
Farasan10,527
Al Mindak9,218
Al Artawiyah9,152
Al Jubayl9,108
Al Qarah9,106
Marat8,885
Al Jafr8,715
Suwayr8,515
Tumayr8,246
At Tubi7,740
Al Jaradiyah7,396
Al Muwayh7,364
As Saffaniyah7,014
Al Hada6,885
Al Markaz6,464
Misliyah6,117
Al Mutayrifi5,962
Mizhirah5,529
Ad Darb5,378
Julayjilah5,359
Mulayjah5,247
Al Fuwayliq5,205
Tabalah5,151