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 as of 2011. While that seems like a significant number, it is only the 17th most populous in the country.

Area Size and Population Density

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.

Demographics of Bhopal

The City of Lakes” - as it is sometimes 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.

Population Growth in Bhopal

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 Suyash Dwivedi [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Bhopal Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20353,348,1032.16%339,999
20303,008,1042.29%321,813
20252,686,2912.37%296,744
20202,389,5472.43%111,955
20182,277,5922.60%169,105
20152,108,4872.60%254,403
20101,854,0842.60%223,708
20051,630,3762.69%202,304
20001,428,0723.22%209,053
19951,219,0193.41%188,291
19901,030,7284.71%211,714
1985819,0144.84%172,532
1980646,4825.77%158,085
1975488,3975.74%118,864
1970369,5335.56%87,628
1965281,9055.89%70,198
1960211,7078.10%68,292
1955143,4157.42%43,157
1950100,2580.00%
Bhopal Population Growth

Bhopal's 2018 population is now estimated at 2,277,592. In 1950, the population of Bhopal was 100,258. Bhopal has grown by 169,105 since 2015, which represents a 2.60% 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

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