Ahmedabad Population 2018

Ahmedabad is the largest city in the Indian state of Gujarat. It was formerly the capital of Gujarat, and is still the judicial capital since the Gujarat High Court is located there. The estimated population of Ahmedabad in 2016 is over 7 million people in the city and approximately 8 million in the urban agglomeration.

This makes Ahmedabad the fifth largest city in India and the seventh largest metropolitan area. Forbes magazine ranked Ahmedabad as the third fastest growing city of the decade.

Metro Population and Population Density

As of 2016, there is an estimated population of over 7 million people living in Ahmedabad, and over 8 million people living in the metropolitan area. There are approximately 31,000 rural families living in Ahmedabad with about 1,700 of them living below the poverty line. In addition to the rural families, around 250,000 people are living in slums. The population density is around 9,900 people per square kilometer or around 26,000 per square mile with 464 square kilometers (or 179.2 square miles) available in the city area. There are around 2,500 registered non-resident Indians living in the city as well.

Ahmedabad Demographics

Ahmedabad has an overall sex ratio within the population of 897 women to every 1000 men.

The overall literacy rate is 88.29% with 92.30% of men being literate and 83.85% of women being literate.

There is also a large population of traders, known as Vanias, who belong to various sects of the Jainism religion and the Vaishnava sect of Hinduism. In addition to Hindus and people practicing Jainism, there are over 300,000 Muslims living in Ahmedabad. There is a small percentage of the population (0.72%) who are Christian. There is only one synagogue and around 125 Jewish people living in the city. Thanks to the population of practicing Jains and Hindus, there is widespread vegetarianism in the city’s restaurants and hotels.

The majorities of Ahmedabad’s residents are native Gujaratis and speak the Gujarati language. In addition to Gujarati, the other two major languages spoken in Ahmedabad are Hindi and English. There are also Malayalis, Tamils, Marathis, Sindhis, and Punjabis who bring their culture and languages to the city.

Of the 35 Indian cities with more than 1 million people, Ahmedabad has the lowest crime rate. A little less half of all of the real estate in the city is owned by community organizations, also known as cooperatives.

Ahmedabad Population Growth

The area where Ahmedabad is located has been populated since the 11th century. Sultan Ahmed Shah named the city Ahmedabad after himself in 1411 A.D. when he took control of the city. The census done in 1871 showed a population of 116,900. By 1911 there were over a quarter of a million people and over a half million by the 1941 census. The city passed the 1 million resident mark by the 1961 census with over 1.1 million residents. The city has grown by about one and a half million people by the last census in 2011. A nearby military base and government institutions bring people from all over India to Ahmedabad and fuel city growth. By 2021, there could be nearly 9 million people residing in Ahmedabad.

Ahmedabad Population in 2018Source: By Kalyan Shah [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Ahmedabad Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
203511,294,6902.16%1,146,987
203010,147,7032.29%1,085,884
20259,061,8192.37%1,002,378
20208,059,4412.43%378,506
20187,680,9352.61%571,649
20157,109,2862.61%859,779
20106,249,5072.61%755,800
20055,493,7072.67%678,480
20004,815,2273.07%675,649
19954,139,5783.14%592,981
19903,546,5973.61%575,688
19852,970,9093.65%487,008
19802,483,9013.91%433,856
19752,050,0453.88%355,511
19701,694,5343.71%282,219
19651,412,3153.65%231,540
19601,180,7753.23%173,715
19551,007,0603.33%152,101
1950854,9590.00%
Ahmedabad Population Growth

Ahmedabad's 2018 population is now estimated at 7,680,935. In 1950, the population of Ahmedabad was 854,959. Ahmedabad has grown by 571,649 since 2015, which represents a 2.61% annual change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Ahmedabad, which typically includes Ahmedabad's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Data Sources
  1. Amdavad Municipal Corporation - Data of Amdavad Municipal Corporation Area - Census 2011
  2. Government of Gujarat - Collectorate - District Ahmedabad
  3. City Population - Gujarat - Population of the districts in the State of Gujarat by census years
  4. World Urbanization Prospects - United Nations population estimates and projections of major Urban Agglomerations

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