Cali Population 2018

Santiago de Cali, or just Cali as it typically known, is located in the country of Colombia. It is the most populated city in the southwestern region of Colombia, boasting a population of over 2.3 million. This makes Cali the third most populous in the country. The total area of the city is 239 square miles, which makes the population density approximately 10,000 people per square mile.

Because Cali is landlocked, it did not initially grow as quickly as other cities in Colombia. However, beginning in the 1950s, the city began seeing significant growth which continued throughout the years until it reached its current spot as the third most populous in Colombia, falling only behind Medellin and Bogota. The city has a long history dating back to its founding during the 1500s. It is known as a center for sports, and it has one of the fastest-growing economies in Colombia. For these reasons, the population of this thriving city is only expected to continue to grow.

Cali Population in 2018Source: By Aleko | David Alejandro Rendón © (Own work David Alejandro Rendón ©) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Cali Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20303,203,0005.99%181,000
20253,022,0006.78%192,000
20202,830,0002.72%75,000
20182,755,0004.12%109,000
20152,646,00010.16%244,000
20102,402,00011.00%238,000
20052,164,00010.97%214,000
20001,950,00010.98%193,000
19951,757,00013.21%205,000
19901,552,00014.37%195,000
19851,357,00013.84%165,000
19801,192,00013.85%145,000
19751,047,00023.03%196,000
1970851,00028.16%187,000
1965664,00040.08%190,000
1960474,00043.20%143,000
1955331,00043.29%100,000
1950231,0000.00%0
Cali Population Growth

Cali's 2018 population is now estimated at 2,755,000. In 1950, the population of Cali was 231,000. Cali has grown by 109,000 in the last year, which represents a 4.12% change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Cali, which typically includes Cali's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

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