Ankara Population 2018

Ankara is the capital city of the Republic of Turkey. The city – which was once known as Angora and Ancyra – is the second largest city in Turkey by population, trailing only behind Istanbul. The city’s urban center boasts a population of 4,587,558, while the province itself has a population of over 5.2 million.

What’s interesting about Ankara is that it was first designed as a planned city that would only have a population of around 500,000 residents. This was designated when the city was named as capital in the 1920s. While population grew at a slow and steady pace throughout the next few decades, massive population growth occurred during the 1950s. This was because people were moving to the city for job opportunities and a higher quality of life. Planned housing was unable to be built fast enough to accommodate the new arrivals, so illegal houses began springing up around the city. Today, many of these have been replaced by public housing and compounds. The city continues to see a high rate of population growth, around 6.7% between the years 2014 and 2015. At this rate, this planned city of a half-million residents will continue to grow until it hits its next big milestone.

Ankara Population in 2018Source: By Uğurgüler06 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Ankara Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20305,875,0005.46%304,000
20255,571,0006.97%363,000
20205,208,0003.33%168,000
20185,040,0006.11%290,000
20154,750,00014.02%584,000
20104,166,00014.51%528,000
20053,638,00014.44%459,000
20003,179,00011.86%337,000
19952,842,00010.97%281,000
19902,561,00015.73%348,000
19852,213,00017.03%322,000
19801,891,00010.65%182,000
19751,709,00027.44%368,000
19701,341,00040.57%387,000
1965954,00050.24%319,000
1960635,00044.65%196,000
1955439,00056.23%158,000
1950281,0000.00%0
Ankara Population Growth

Ankara's 2018 population is now estimated at 5,040,000. In 1950, the population of Ankara was 281,000. Ankara has grown by 290,000 in the last year, which represents a 6.11% change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Ankara, which typically includes Ankara's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

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