Aleppo Population 2018

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.

Population and Size of Aleppo

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 called the city home in 1994, which has nearly doubled by 2004 - reaching 2,132,100 as of the 2004 census. The city covers approximately 190 square kilometers or 70 square miles of area.

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 Memorino [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Aleppo Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20353,423,7162.73%431,188
20302,992,5284.18%554,044
20252,438,4844.93%521,703
20201,916,7814.55%163,265
20181,753,51621.42%774,051
2015979,465-20.47%-2,099,033
20103,078,4983.40%473,736
20052,604,7623.40%401,105
20002,203,6573.40%339,569
19951,864,0883.71%310,191
19901,553,8973.77%262,332
19851,291,5653.83%221,149
19801,070,4164.03%191,732
1975878,6844.03%157,556
1970721,1284.15%132,805
1965588,3234.08%106,570
1960481,7532.46%55,036
1955426,7172.46%48,736
1950377,9810.00%
Aleppo Population Growth

Aleppo's 2018 population is now estimated at 1,753,516. In 1950, the population of Aleppo was 377,981. Aleppo has grown by 774,051 since 2015, which represents a 21.42% 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 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