Bhopal Population 2018

Bhopal is a city located in India. It is the capital of Madhya Pradesh and was at one time the capital of the Bhopal State. This city has a population of 1,798,218 people. While that seems like a significant number, it is only the 17th most populous in the country. Breaking this down further, the total area of the city is 110.38 square miles, which means Bhopal has a population density of around 10,070 residents per square mile. The metropolitan area is slightly larger, with a population of just over 1.9 million people.

“The City of Lakes” as it is known has a higher population of males than females, with over 936,000 male residents and just over 862,000 female residents. These unbalanced numbers also apply to literacy. The overall literacy rate of the population exceeds 83%. Broken down by gender, the literacy rate of males is over 87%, while it falls just below 80% for females. There are a large number of Hindus and Muslims living in Bhopal. These religious groups comprise over 95% of the total population. The population growth rate in recent years has been in the double digits as more people move from nearby areas including Bihar and Uttar Pradesh for job opportunities. This steady rate of growth is expected to continue as more people move to a city known for being one of the greenest in the country.

Bhopal Population in 2018Source: By Planemad, Nayvik, Yann (File:India Madhya Pradesh location map.svg) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Bhopal Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20302,959,0002.23%309,000
20252,650,0002.34%289,000
20202,361,0002.35%107,000
20182,254,0002.35%152,000
201561,803,000-1.02%-3,266,000
20152,102,0002.58%251,000
20101,851,0002.61%224,000
201065,069,000-0.54%-7,514,000
20051,627,0002.67%201,000
20001,426,0003.03%198,000
19951,228,0003.26%182,000
19901,046,0004.71%215,000
199072,583,000-1.11%-8,540,000
1985831,0004.87%176,000
198081,123,0002.88%20,064,000
1980655,0005.93%164,000
1975491,0005.82%121,000
1970370,0005.58%88,000
197061,059,000-1.11%-7,205,000
1965282,0005.87%70,000
1960212,0008.19%69,000
196068,264,000-1.71%-12,890,000
1955143,0007.42%43,000
1950100,0000.00%0
195081,154,0001.33%10,032,000
194071,122,0001.18%7,855,000
193063,267,0002.49%13,790,000
192049,477,0004.56%17,798,000
191031,679,0003.40%8,993,000
190022,686,0002.70%5,308,000
189017,378,0002.94%4,377,000
188013,001,0003.12%3,439,000
18709,562,0002.62%2,178,000
18607,384,0003.25%2,019,000
18505,365,0004.17%1,798,000
18403,567,0002.91%890,000
18302,677,0000.05%-282,000
Bhopal Population Growth

Bhopal's 2018 population is now estimated at 2,254,000. In 1950, the population of Bhopal was 100,000. Bhopal has grown by 152,000 since 2015, which represents a 2.35% 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 Bhopal, which typically includes Bhopal's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

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