Casablanca Population 2017

Casablanca is a city that is located in Morocco. The city is the largest in the country, boasting a population of 3,359,818 people according to data from 2014. With a population so large, it is no surprise that it is one of the largest cities in Africa. This city has a very important role within the country, serving as Morocco’s main port and also being home to a massive financial center. The city is seen as a hub of economic and business activity.

Casablanca Demographics

The majority of the population – approximately 98% -- live in urban areas. The city has a very young population, with about one-quarter under the age of 15. The population, which exceeds 3 million, accounts for about 11% of the population of the entire country. Almost all of the residents living in Casablanca are Ma href=http://www.pewforum.org/files/2012/12/globalReligion-tables.pdf>Berber Muslim or Arab.

Casablanca History

The area was first settled during the 7th century. Writings refer to the city as “Anfa.” In the 14th century, the city was already beginning to solidify its role as a port city. The city was overtaken by Merinids during this time period, but regained its independence following a revolt. Later, in 1468, the city was destroyed following an invasion by the Portuguese.

During the late 1500s, the city went under Spanish rule. However, when Portugal and Spain were no longer integrated, the Portuguese took over again. The city was destroyed by an earthquake in 1755 and was abandoned shortly after. It was rebuilt, and during the 19th century, the population began to climb and the economy was booming because of textiles and shipping traffic.

The city served as a very important port during World War II. An American base was also constructed in the city. In the years that followed, the city gained its independence from France, attracted top businesses, and has a thriving tourism industry. The city is now known as the business and economic capital of Morocco.

Casablanca Population Growth

Casablanca’s role as the chief port of Morocco and its status as being home to one of the largest financial centers in Africa and its booming economic make it a desirable place to live. With extensive transportation systems, job opportunities, historic sites and attractions, this city is poised to continue its growth throughout the decades ahead.

Casablanca Population in 2018Source: By Brio-En (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Casablanca Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20304,361,0007.52%305,000
20254,056,0008.57%320,000
20203,736,0004.33%155,000
20173,581,0001.88%66,000
20153,515,0003.23%110,000
20103,405,0003.15%104,000
20053,301,0005.33%167,000
20003,134,0005.77%171,000
19952,963,00010.48%281,000
19902,682,00011.47%276,000
19852,406,00014.08%297,000
19802,109,00017.62%316,000
19751,793,00019.14%288,000
19701,505,00024.79%299,000
19651,206,00024.72%239,000
1960967,00024.29%189,000
1955778,00024.48%153,000
1950625,0000.00%0
Casablanca Population Growth

Casablanca's 2017 population is now estimated at 3,581,000. In 1950, the population of Casablanca was 625,000. Casablanca has grown by 66,000 in the last year, which represents a 1.88% change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Casablanca, which typically includes Casablanca's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

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