Bogota Population 2017

The city of Bogota, Colombia has an estimated 2014 population of around 8 million people in the Capital District and around 11 million people in the metro area. The 2005 census put the population density for the city at approximately 4,310 people per square kilometer. The rural area of the capital district only has about 15,810 inhabitants.

Twenty districts form the neighborhoods of Bogota. Higher economic districts are located in the north and northeast, while lower economic neighborhoods are located in the south and southeast. The central, western and some northern districts are where the middle class reside. The center of the city is laid out in traditional Spanish style settlements that are centered on a square or plaza. As you get farther away from the center of the city, the neighborhoods become more modern.

Bogota Demographics

The majority of the population of Bogota is European or of European-mixed descent. The people of mixed descent are those of Mestizo origin. This means they are of European, mostly Spanish, and indigenous descent. There is a small minority of Afro-Colombian and Indigenous people as well. Historically, Bogota’s main religion was Roman Catholic and the city is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bogota. Currently, a large portion of the population has declared they are non-practicing.

There are 106 higher education institutions located in Bogota that also contribute inhabitants to the population. An interesting side note about the population of Bogota is the amount of residents that are victims of crime. Bogota was considered at one time to be one of the most dangerous cities in the world, with a murder rate of 81 people per 100,000. The number has dwindled down to around 16 people per 100,000 in the last couple of years.

Bogota Population Growth

Bogota was originally a settlement of indigenous people. The original indigenous people migrated to the area from Mesoamerica. The Spanish colonized it in 1553 and the population grew quickly to 18,161 inhabitants in the 1789 census. The population of Bogota has grown very quickly since the 1800’s.

Since 1800, the city has grown from around twenty two thousand people to eight million. Part of this growth in population was due to the Catholic Church creating the diocese in Bogota. Another big factor in the growth of the city was immigration from the eastern highlands. Many displaced people have settled in Bogota. Growth was very high between 1800 and 2000, and then - after two hundred years - it started to slow. The city is still growing, though at a rate of between 2 and 9% per year.

Bogota Population in 2017Source: Peter Angritt

Bogota Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
Bogota Population Growth

Bogota's 2017 population is now estimated at 10,165,000. In 1950, the population of Bogota was 630,000. Bogota has grown by 400,000 in the last year, which represents a 4.10% change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Bogota, which typically includes Bogota's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Data Sources
  1. Council of Bogota - Information on the city of Bogota