Athens Population 2017

Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece and one of the oldest cities in the world with a recorded history that goes back 3,400 years. Classical Athens was a center for philosophy, art and learning and considered the cradle of Western civilization and democracy. Today, Athens is a cosmopolitan metropolis that is the financial, political, cultural and economic center for the country. In 2016, Athens has an estimated population of over 665,000 in the city proper, or 3.75 million in the metropolitan area.

The administrative limits of the city of Athens has an estimated population of 665,000 in 2016, down from 796,400 in 2004. The city has a population density of 44,140 people per square mile (17,040/square kilometer).

The City Center of Athens is within the municipality, which is the largest in Greece in terms of population. Piraeus also forms a city center within the Athens Urban Area and is the 4th largest in terms of population. The Athens Urban Area has 40 municipalities, 35 of which are referred to as Greater Athens municipalities in North Athens, West Athens, Central Athens and South Athens. The Athens Metropolitan Area is in the Attica region with 58 municipalities with a population estimated at 3.75 million in 2014.

Athens Demographics

Like most of Greece, Athens has a fairly homogeneous population. The main recognized minority is the Muslim minority. There are also populations of Jews, Armenians, Romani, Pomaks, and Turks in the city. Athens has a Jewish community with a long history in the region, although 87% of Greek Jews were killed during the Holocaust. The Romani are scattered throughout the country with the largest concentration in Athens as well as Thessalonica.

Athens Population Growth

The population history of Athens stretches back a long time. During the Greek Dark Ages, the city had a population of about 4,000, which grew to 10,000 by 700 BC. The area had an estimated population of 200,000 by 500 BC. In 317 BC, Demetrius of Phalerum conducted a census that placed the population of free people at 21,000 with 400,000 slaves and 10,000 resident aliens. During its classical period, Athens had a population between 350,000 and 610,000.

Athens today is experiencing some population decline, which is common across the country, due to an aging population and a poor economy. From 2001 to 2011, the city's population dropped from 745,000 to 664,000, down from a height of 718,000 in 1921.

Athens Population in 2017Source: Christophe Meneboeuf

Athens Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20003,179,0001.83%57,000
20303,169,0001.51%47,000
20053,146,000-1.04%-33,000
20253,122,0001.96%60,000
19953,122,0001.69%52,000
20103,098,000-1.53%-48,000
19903,070,0000.75%23,000
20203,062,0000.59%18,000
20153,052,000-1.48%-46,000
19853,047,0002.01%60,000
20173,044,000-0.26%-8,000
19802,987,0009.09%249,000
19752,738,00010.18%253,000
19702,485,00017.16%364,000
19652,121,00016.92%307,000
19601,814,00016.06%251,000
19551,563,00016.04%216,000
19501,347,0000.00%0
Athens Population Growth

Athens's 2017 population is now estimated at 3,044,000. In 1950, the population of Athens was 1,347,000. Athens has grown by -8,000 in the last year, which represents a -0.26% change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Athens, which typically includes Athens's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Data Sources
  1. Hellenic Statistical Authority - Greek population and social conditions