Population of Cities in Tanzania (2018)

1
Over 1 Million
15
100,000 to 1 Million
222
10,000 to 100,000
  • Dar es Salaam
  • Mwanza
  • Zanzibar
  • Arusha
  • Mbeya
  • Morogoro
  • Tanga
  • Dodoma
  • Kigoma
  • Moshi
  • Tabora
  • Songea
  • Musoma
  • Iringa
  • Katumba
  • Shinyanga
  • Mtwara
  • Ushirombo
  • Kilosa
  • Sumbawanga
  • Bagamoyo
  • Mpanda
  • Bukoba
  • Singida
  • Uyovu
  • Makumbako
  • Buseresere
  • Bunda
  • Merelani
  • Katoro
  • Ifakara
  • Njombe
  • Lindi
  • Vwawa
  • Geita
  • Nguruka
  • Newala Kisimani
  • Geiro
  • Kidatu
  • Kasulu
  • Tunduma
  • Masasi
  • Kahama
  • Kidodi
  • Igunga
  • Misungwi
  • Mlimba
  • Mafinga
  • Masumbwe
  • Chalinze

As one of the world's largest countries by area, Tanzania also has a population to match. The 31st largest country in the world has the 27th biggest population spread across its cities and towns. Tanzania's most populous city is Dar es Salaam, which has over 2.6 million residents. This is the only city in the country to have reached the one million resident milestone. That doesn't mean that it doesn't have other populated cities, though. In fact, Tanzania has 15 cities that have populations that range between 100,000 and one million, with Mwanza topping the list with almost half a million residents. There are also 222 cities that have populations that fall between 10,000 and 100,000, which further adds to the total population figures.

When looking at the urban and rural populations, it is amazing to see just how quickly the urban areas in Tanzania have developed and grown. Back in 1960, about 95% of the population lived in what were considered rural areas. This number has declined in recent years, with 2015 data showing that just 68% of the country live in rural areas. While this is still significantly higher than many other countries, it is quite a decrease from the statistics from several decades ago, showing that the area is developing and more natives and immigrants are pursuing the educational and employment opportunities that Tanzania's major cities have to offer.

Tanzania has 1 cities with more than a million people, 15 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 222 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in Tanzania is Dar es Salaam, with a population of 2,698,652 people.

Dar es Salaam

Tanzania's largest city is a leader in fashion, arts, media, music, television and film.

2,698,652

Mwanza

This port and fishing city has Sukuma accounting for 90% of its population.

436,801

Zanzibar

The core of this city is the historic Stone Town.

403,658

Arusha

Arusha is considered the de facto capital of East Africa and is a major international diplomatic hub of the country.

341,136

Mbeya

Mbeya's beginnings were as a gold rush town in the 1920s.

291,649

Morogoro

Its location at the base of the Uluguru Mountains has led to Morogoro's role in agriculture.

250,902

Tanga

This city is known for its harbor, which is the oldest operating harbor in the country.

224,876

Dodoma

Dodoma has been the nation's capital since 1973.

180,541

Kigoma

Kigoma is one of the busiest port cities on Lake Tanganyika.

164,268

Moshi

This city is considered the cleanest in Tanzania, and it is a center for tourism.

156,959

Name 2018 Population Location
Dar es Salaam2,698,652Map
Mwanza436,801Map
Zanzibar403,658Map
Arusha341,136Map
Mbeya291,649Map
Morogoro250,902Map
Tanga224,876Map
Dodoma180,541Map
Kigoma164,268Map
Moshi156,959Map
Tabora145,292Map
Songea126,449Map
Musoma121,119Map
Iringa111,820Map
Katumba108,558Map
Shinyanga107,362Map
Mtwara96,602Map
Ushirombo95,052Map
Kilosa91,889Map
Sumbawanga89,161Map
Bagamoyo82,426Map
Mpanda73,338Map
Bukoba70,628Map
Singida62,432Map
Uyovu60,849Map
Makumbako53,003Map
Buseresere52,870Map
Bunda50,944Map
Merelani50,000Map
Katoro49,691Map
Ifakara49,528Map
Njombe46,724Map
Lindi41,912Map
Vwawa40,145Map
Geita40,000Map
Nguruka39,135Map
Newala Kisimani38,099Map
Geiro37,909Map
Kidatu37,542Map
Kasulu37,349Map
Tunduma36,556Map
Masasi36,032Map
Kahama36,014Map
Kidodi35,953Map
Igunga35,644Map
Misungwi35,530Map
Mlimba34,970Map
Mafinga34,958Map
Masumbwe34,780Map
Chalinze34,335Map
Babati34,291Map
Biharamulo34,038Map
Somanda33,932Map
Bariadi33,865Map
Kirando33,111Map
Tarime33,094Map
Tumbi32,900Map
Bugarama32,494Map
Mvomero31,324Map
Chanika30,905Map
Kyela30,684Map
Kibiti30,163Map
Kisesa29,804Map
Lukuledi29,699Map
Mlandizi29,394Map
Rujewa29,228Map
Ilula29,193Map
Kibondo28,666Map
Tukuyu28,398Map
Namanyere28,218Map
Mkuranga28,037Map
Bungu27,873Map
Chato27,776Map
Kasamwa27,681Map
Sikonge27,113Map
Malinyi27,041Map
Mtinko26,725Map
Nzega26,584Map
Maramba26,531Map
Wete26,450Map
Magugu26,131Map
Sokoni25,821Map
Sepuka25,657Map
Mbinga25,192Map
Luchingu25,145Map
Igurusi24,895Map
Shelui24,817Map
Chimala24,817Map
Kakonko24,688Map
Uvinza24,650Map
Nyalikungu24,648Map
Sirari24,317Map
Lushoto24,197Map
Matai24,070Map
Old Shinyanga23,747Map
Urambo23,724Map
Mgandu23,718Map
Kibaha23,651Map
Songwa23,618Map
Kiomboi23,519Map
Kondoa23,518Map
Vikindu23,307Map
Mwadui23,296Map
Nangomba23,028Map
Kingori22,839Map
Igugunu22,810Map
Ngudu22,658Map
Chala22,624Map
Lalago22,551Map
Kigonsera22,155Map
Tinde22,082Map
Rulenge22,069Map
Maswa22,025Map
Chake Chake21,686Map
Mhango21,553Map
Kiwira21,342Map
Isaka21,094Map
Basotu20,937Map
Mazinde20,534Map
Muriti20,254Map
Matui20,241Map
Hedaru20,231Map
Nsunga20,049Map
Dareda19,876Map
Nshamba19,815Map
Mpwapwa19,806Map
Kiratu19,803Map
Itigi19,711Map
Ikungi19,692Map
Nanyamba19,555Map
Kibakwe19,526Map
Maposeni19,472Map
Kabanga19,421Map
Liwale19,296Map
Laela19,185Map
Bashanet19,087Map
Magomeni19,086Map
Kihangara19,082Map
Mtwango19,040Map
Ilembula18,870Map
Dongobesh18,864Map
Matiri18,830Map
Magole18,753Map
Mlowo18,737Map
Usa River18,726Map
Nangwa18,595Map
Galappo18,528Map
Mugumu18,431Map
Katerero18,430Map
Nyakabindi18,428Map
Nachingwea18,058Map
Izazi18,010Map
Msowero17,861Map
Ipinda17,775Map
Mto wa Mbu17,754Map
Usevia17,742Map
Nanganga17,468Map
Same17,455Map
Ilongero17,342Map
Kibara17,211Map
Ngerengere17,181Map
Puma17,092Map
Tandahimba17,041Map
Muheza17,000Map
Malampaka16,916Map
Lugoba16,902Map
Ngara16,890Map
Mwandiga16,822Map
Mikumi16,780Map
Mungaa16,715Map
Nyamuswa16,507Map
Mbuguni16,442Map
Butiama16,376Map
Kishapu16,371Map
Nyangao16,343Map
Tingi16,315Map
Kitama16,232Map
Lembeni16,008Map
Kamachumu15,701Map
Mlalo15,576Map
Makuyuni15,516Map
Usagara15,514Map
Mabama15,320Map
Mlangali15,168Map
Mahanje15,009Map
Nkoaranga14,738Map
Nyakahanga14,611Map
Endasak14,576Map
Ndungu14,545Map
Misasi14,170Map
Mabamba14,140Map
Dunda14,080Map
Kyaka13,810Map
Mahuta13,548Map
Nanhyanga13,519Map
Naberera13,499Map
Itumba13,438Map
Mbulu13,430Map
Liuli13,119Map
Ikwiriri13,071Map
Ndago13,012Map
Mwanga12,846Map
Chiungutwa12,764Map
Masoko12,720Map
Karema12,630Map
Malya12,627Map
Kisarawe12,507Map
Madimba12,507Map
Kilindoni12,409Map
Soni12,402Map
Kaliua12,362Map
Ulenje12,219Map
Namanga12,048Map
Mtama11,928Map
Katoro11,925Map
Utete11,888Map
Kongwa11,840Map
Matonga11,828Map
Mbekenyera11,794Map
Inyonga11,790Map
Namikupa11,733Map
Muleba11,555Map
Lupiro11,430Map
Kimamba11,235Map
Namalenga11,204Map
Mtimbira11,122Map
Ruangwa11,095Map
Kisanga10,978Map
Kitangari10,956Map
Ngorongoro10,836Map
Nyanguge10,746Map
Matamba10,642Map
Bugene10,609Map
Mugango10,550Map
Mingoyo10,480Map
Kandete10,318Map
Makungu10,291Map
Igurubi10,083Map
Kisasa10,000Map
Majengo9,874Map
Micheweni9,838Map
Poli9,568Map
Konde9,530Map
Makanya9,505Map
Longido9,403Map
Maneromango9,402Map
Mwembe9,032Map
Mbamba Bay8,997Map
Magomeni8,944Map
Manda8,393Map
Kihurio8,377Map
Pangani8,343Map
Nungwi8,000Map
Masuguru7,946Map
Kintinku7,906Map
Lulindi7,807Map
Issenye7,778Map
Mahenge7,768Map
Mwaya7,558Map
Kwakoa7,514Map
Bukene7,444Map
Usoke7,295Map
Kisiwani7,126Map
Malangali7,112Map
Mtambile6,797Map
Nansio6,437Map
Nakatunguru6,064Map
Kilimatinde5,975Map
Monduli5,694Map
Mahonda5,569Map
Msanga5,527Map
Nkove5,389Map
Kibaya5,028Map
Mkokotoni2,572Map
Koani2,211Map