Population of Cities in Somalia (2017)

1
Over 1 Million
6
100,000 to 1 Million
25
10,000 to 100,000

Somalia is the world's 44th largest country, and it also has a respectable population that has topped 10 million inhabitants. The largest city in the country is Mogadishu, which has over 2.5 million residents and accounts for about one-quarter of the country's total population count. It is the only city in Somalia that has a population of over 1,000,000. The remainder of the population is spread among other major cities, as well as smaller cities and towns. Six cities have populations that range from just over 100,000 to almost 500,000, while there is a total of 25 cities with populations that are no smaller than 10,000 residents.

This doesn't account for the full population of the country, however. Many people in Somalia live outside of the larger cities and reside in the rural areas. As of 2015, about 60% of the population lived in a rural area. This shows decrease from 1960's figure of 83%, indicating that cities have grown and expanded and many people who once lived in the less populated areas are now making the transition to the urbanized areas of the country. The country is currently experiencing a period of rapid growth, with an annual growth rate of almost 3%. At this rate, it will be fascinating to see how the overall dynamics across rural and urban areas change, as well as how large the populations of the country and each of its major cities grow into the future.

Somalia has 1 cities with more than a million people, 6 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 25 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in Somalia is Mogadishu, with a population of 2,587,183 people.

Mogadishu

The largest city of Somalia is also the capital and is the site of media and scholarly institutions.

2,587,183

Hargeysa

This city gained independence and formed the Somali Republic in 1960.

477,876

Berbera

Berbera's seaport is the main commercial harbor of the Berbera District.

242,344

Kismayo

Kismayo has a very ethnically diverse population, including the Bantu minority group.

234,852

Marka

The city's beautiful contrast of colors has been an inspiration to local artists.

230,100

Jamaame

This city is mostly inhabited by Bimal Somali people.

185,270

Baidoa

Baidoa is the capital of theSouthwestern State of Somalia.

129,839

Burao

This city is one of Somalia's ancient settlements and has grown into a modern city.

99,270

Bosaso

This city is a melting pot that is mostly comprised of members of the Harti confederation of Darod sub-clans and Arab saalah Meheri Clan.

74,287

Afgooye

Somali Wacdaan, Wadalaan, Silcis, Murusade, Habargidir, and Geledi clans make up the majority of this city's population.

65,461

Name 2017 Population
Mogadishu2,587,183
Hargeysa477,876
Berbera242,344
Kismayo234,852
Marka230,100
Jamaame185,270
Baidoa129,839
Burao99,270
Bosaso74,287
Afgooye65,461
Gaalkacyo61,200
Laascaanood60,100
Garoowe57,300
Beledweyne55,410
Qoryooley51,720
Jawhar47,086
Jilib43,694
Baardheere42,240
Ceerigaabo33,853
Luuq33,820
Buurhakaba27,792
Ceeldheer26,562
Wanlaweyn22,022
Baki20,000
Eyl18,904
Buulobarde16,928
Qandala15,923
Bandarbeyla13,753
Garbahaarrey12,652
Hobyo12,564
Xuddur12,500
Bereeda11,262
Jalalaqsi9,743
Ceelbuur9,031
Dhuusamarreeb9,000
Yeed8,429
Mahaddayweyne8,273
Saacow7,893
Las Khorey6,941
Bargaal6,798
Waajid6,666
Iskushuban5,759
Oodweyne5,491
Cadale5,385
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