Alexandria Population 2017

Alexandria is a city located in Egypt. It is the second largest by population, and it is also one of the country’s largest economic centers. At last count, the population was nearing 5 million, exceeding 4.9 million at the end of 2016, with a population density of 4,800 people per square mile.

Alexandria Demographics

The primary religions practiced in the city of Alexandria are Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Most residents are Sunni Muslims. The city has seen significant population growth throughout its history, primarily attributed to high birth rates and migration from rural areas.

The majority of residents speak Arabic. Most people that live in Alexandria are native Egyptians, although there are also residents originally from Germany, Italy and other European countries.

Alexandria History

It is believed that Alexander the Great founded the city of Alexandria in 331 BC. During ancient times, it was an important cultural and intellectual center. Since its establishment, religion has always been important within the city, from being the center of Hellenism to later becoming home to the largest community of Jewish people in the world. It also, for a number of years, served as the capital of Egypt.

In its earliest history, several battles were fought in the area and Alexandria went under the control of different rulers. In 1517, the city was overtaken by the Ottoman Turks and was under their rule until nearly the 1800s.

The city played a significant role during Napoleon’s expedition in the late 1700s. It was taken by the French before being taken by the British just a few years later. In the early 1800s, the city was rebuilt and redeveloped, restoring it back to its former glory.

In the years that followed, the city was occupied by British Naval forces and in the 1950s, Europeans began leaving the city following the Suez Crisis.

Today, Alexandria is the site of many ancient and historic landmarks. It is also home to many religious buildings, as well as higher education colleges and universities. The city has two airports, multiple highways, an intracity commuter rail, four ports and a variety of museums. It is also a very populat tourist destination.

Alexandria Population Growth

The city of Alexandria has seen significant growth throughout the years, due to its important role as an economic center of Egypt. The city has also become known as one that has a laid-back culture, making it appealing to immigrants. Because of the city’s culture, history and commerce, the population is expected to continue to grow, with the next milestone of 5 million residents just over the horizon.

Alexandria Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20306,313,00010.12%580,000
20255,733,0009.72%508,000
20205,225,0005.56%275,000
20174,950,0003.60%172,000
20154,778,00010.27%445,000
20104,333,00010.56%414,000
20053,919,00010.52%373,000
20003,546,0009.31%302,000
19953,244,0006.15%188,000
19903,056,0007.83%222,000
19852,834,00012.42%313,000
19802,521,00012.49%280,000
19752,241,00012.78%254,000
19701,987,00013.41%235,000
19651,752,00016.49%248,000
19601,504,00020.42%255,000
19551,249,00020.44%212,000
19501,037,0000.00%0
Alexandria Population Growth

Alexandria's 2017 population is now estimated at 4,950,000. In 1950, the population of Alexandria was 1,037,000. Alexandria has grown by 172,000 in the last year, which represents a 3.60% change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Alexandria, which typically includes Alexandria's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

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