Aleppo Population 2017

Aleppo is a city in Syria that is quite famous for several reasons. One of the most notable aspects of the city is that it is among the oldest continually inhabited places in the world. The city dates back to the 6th millennium B.C. and is even noted in ancient texts such as the Bible. There is a lot of history in this city, but it is not slowing down simply because it is old. The thriving economy within Syria has found a way to overcome many wars and uprisings throughout the years and still maintains its station as a high-intensity trading center among the world.

Demographics

The fact that Aleppo is among the oldest cities in the world means that it has seen its fair share of wars. The city has been marked by destruction throughout the years and that has had a great impact on its population. Even though war is a constant threat from those that oppose the government and other nations trying to lay claim to the whole of Syria, the economy is thriving. That is evident through the 1,602,264 people that call the city home. However, as there are no recent census figures available, it is difficult to provide an accurate breakdown Aleppo's population demographics.

Languages

For most countries, cities, and regions, there is one primary language. The diverse culture of Aleppo, however, has led to a number of different languages being spoken. The dominant language is Arabic with speakers totaling 89%, although several different dialects are spoken. Those that are closer to the west have the Levantine dialect, while those of the northeast speak Kurdish. Other dialects throughout the city include Turkish and Classical Syriac. Some inhabitants speak French and English, but these tend to be in the more educated areas of Aleppo.

Ethnicities

The ethnic composition of Aleppo is quite diverse when compared to many other neighboring cities. The population consists of primarily of those of Arabic descent making up 59.2% of the overall population. Alawites make up 11.3% of the population and Levantines 9.3%. Kurds represent 8.9%, Druze 3.2%, Ismailis 2.1%, and Nusairis 1.3%. There are other ethnicities in Aleppo, but they are a small proportion of the overall population.

Religion

The religious aspect of Aleppo is not as black and white as one might think. The main religious group in the area are Sunni Muslims, making up 74% of the population. Other Muslim religions make up an additional 16% of the population, and approximately 10% of the population practice Christianity. Other religions within Aleppo are quite small in comparison. These include Greek Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, and the Jewish communities in the city. There is even a very small ancient religion within Aleppo practiced by the Yazidis that makes up a tiny portion of the population in some of the smaller villages in and around Aleppo.

Aleppo Population in 2018Source: By anjci [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Aleppo Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20305,087,00010.59%487,000
20254,600,00011.11%460,000
20204,140,00010.34%388,000
20173,752,0005.33%190,000
20153,562,00015.72%484,000
20103,078,00018.16%473,000
20052,605,00018.19%401,000
20002,204,00018.24%340,000
19951,864,00019.95%310,000
19901,554,00020.28%262,000
19851,292,00020.75%222,000
19801,070,00021.73%191,000
1975879,00021.91%158,000
1970721,00022.62%133,000
1965588,00021.99%106,000
1960482,00012.88%55,000
1955427,00012.96%49,000
1950378,0000.00%0
Aleppo Population Growth

Aleppo's 2017 population is now estimated at 3,752,000. In 1950, the population of Aleppo was 378,000. Aleppo has grown by 190,000 in the last year, which represents a 5.33% change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Aleppo, which typically includes Aleppo's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Data Sources
  1. World Urbanization Prospects - United Nations population estimates and projections of major Urban Agglomerations