Population of Cities in Syria (2017)

2
Over 1 Million
8
100,000 to 1 Million
69
10,000 to 100,000

Like many other countries of the world, Syria has its populated areas divided across several categories. In this country, 284 sub-districts spread across 65 districts that are part of 14 governorates. Sixty-four of the 65 districts have a designated regional capital.

Only two of Syria's cities has a population that exceeds one million. However, there are eight cities that have a minimum of 100,000 residents, and 69 that have a minimum population of 10,000, which all add up to create one of the most populous countries in the entire world. In addition to its cities, there are over 6,000 villages and towns spread across the country. This offers an explanation as to why a country that ranks just 89th in the world in terms of area has one of the biggest populations.

The population is split fairly evenly when it comes to distribution among the rural and urban areas, with 2014 figures showing that just under 43% of residents live in rural areas. However, despite seeming like a high number, data from past years actually show that this is a significant decrease. The early 1990s had a more even split, while decades before showed a higher percentage of rural residents. Like other countries, more Syrians are moving to urban areas for better job and educational opportunities than those found in the rural areas, while immigrants tend to flock more to the urbanized cities for the same reasons.

Syria has 2 cities with more than a million people, 8 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 69 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in Syria is Aleppo, with a population of 1,602,264 people.

Aleppo

Aleppo has a rich history, as it's one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.

1,602,264

Damascus

Damascus is one of Syria's most important cultural and religious centers.

1,569,394

Homs

Religious diversity is why many residents choose to settle in Homs.'

775,404

Hamah

Hamah's historic landmark 17 Norias of Hama dates back to the Byzantine period.

460,602

Latakia

Syria's most important port city is also one of its leading manufacturing centers.

340,181

Deir ez-Zor

This city is home to many farms and agribusinesses.

242,565

Ar Raqqah

This city is the site of the largest dam in the country of Syria.

177,636

Al Bab

Al Bab has grown extensively since its role as a market city in the 1200s.

130,745

Idlib

Idlib is considered one of Syria's major agricultural centers.

128,840

Douma

This city is the administrative center of Douma District.

111,864

Name 2017 Population
Aleppo1,602,264
Damascus1,569,394
Homs775,404
Hamah460,602
Latakia340,181
Deir ez-Zor242,565
Ar Raqqah177,636
Al Bab130,745
Idlib128,840
Douma111,864
Dar'a97,969
As Safirah95,832
As Salamiyah94,887
Tartouss89,457
Ath Thawrah87,880
Al Hasakah81,539
Darayya71,596
Manbij68,888
I`zaz66,138
Jablah65,915
As Suwayda'59,052
Albu Kamal57,572
At Tall55,561
Al Mayadin54,534
Ar Rastan53,152
Tadmur51,015
'Ayn al 'Arab50,000
An Nabk49,372
Khan Shaykhun48,975
`Afrin48,693
`Irbin42,474
Al Qusayr41,062
Yabrud40,502
Jisr ash Shughur39,311
Baniyas39,066
Tallbisah38,491
Harasta37,348
Al Qunaytirah36,143
Tadif34,670
Saraqib34,231
Jayrud32,352
Masyaf32,262
Ma`arratmisrin32,163
Al Qaryatayn31,748
Salqin31,608
Tafas31,249
Souran30,716
Binnish30,354
Jasim30,283
Tallkalakh29,754
Az Zabadani29,549
Tayyibat al Imam29,259
Hajin29,237
Inkhil29,076
Dayr Hafir28,905
Satita27,815
Ash Shaykh Miskin25,920
As Sanamayn25,702
Tall Rif`at25,658
Nubl25,546
Subaykhan25,514
Jarabulus24,997
Kafr Nubl24,754
Al Harak23,784
Al Kiswah23,526
Halfaya23,403
Kafr Takharim22,436
Ad Dana21,987
Kafr Zayta21,845
Kafr Laha21,819
Ad Darbasiyah21,481
Qarah20,656
Qatana18,511
Al Qutayfah16,118
Shahba14,784
Murak14,307
Izra`13,882
Salakhid12,842
Duraykish11,918
Mukharram al Fawqani9,112
Tremseh6,927