Population of Cities in Somalia (2018)

1
Over 1 Million
7
100,000 to 1 Million
24
10,000 to 100,000
  • Mogadishu
  • Hargeysa
  • Burao
  • Berbera
  • Kismayo
  • Marka
  • Jamaame
  • Baidoa
  • Bosaso
  • Afgooye
  • Gaalkacyo
  • Laascaanood
  • Garoowe
  • Beledweyne
  • Qoryooley
  • Jawhar
  • Jilib
  • Baardheere
  • Ceerigaabo
  • Luuq
  • Buurhakaba
  • Ceeldheer
  • Wanlaweyn
  • Baki
  • Eyl
  • Buulobarde
  • Qandala
  • Bandarbeyla
  • Garbahaarrey
  • Hobyo
  • Xuddur
  • Bereeda
  • Jalalaqsi
  • Ceelbuur
  • Dhuusamarreeb
  • Yeed
  • Mahaddayweyne
  • Saacow
  • Las Khorey
  • Bargaal
  • Waajid
  • Caluula
  • Iskushuban
  • Oodweyne
  • Cadale
  • Bu'aale

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, 7 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 24 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

Burao

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

288,211

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

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 2018 Population Location
Mogadishu2,587,183Map
Hargeysa477,876Map
Burao288,211Map
Berbera242,344Map
Kismayo234,852Map
Marka230,100Map
Jamaame185,270Map
Baidoa129,839Map
Bosaso74,287Map
Afgooye65,461Map
Gaalkacyo61,200Map
Laascaanood60,100Map
Garoowe57,300Map
Beledweyne55,410Map
Qoryooley51,720Map
Jawhar47,086Map
Jilib43,694Map
Baardheere42,240Map
Ceerigaabo33,853Map
Luuq33,820Map
Buurhakaba27,792Map
Ceeldheer26,562Map
Wanlaweyn22,022Map
Baki20,000Map
Eyl18,904Map
Buulobarde16,928Map
Qandala15,923Map
Bandarbeyla13,753Map
Garbahaarrey12,652Map
Hobyo12,564Map
Xuddur12,500Map
Bereeda11,262Map
Jalalaqsi9,743Map
Ceelbuur9,031Map
Dhuusamarreeb9,000Map
Yeed8,429Map
Mahaddayweyne8,273Map
Saacow7,893Map
Las Khorey6,941Map
Bargaal6,798Map
Waajid6,666Map
Caluula6,100Map
Iskushuban5,759Map
Oodweyne5,491Map
Cadale5,385Map
Bu'aaleMap