Dar Es Salaam Population 2018

Dar es Salaam is a city located in Tanzania. It was once the capital city until 1974, when Dodoma was named as the capital. However, today, Dar es Salaam remains the largest city in Tanzania in terms of population. In fact, its population is the largest in all of East Africa. The total population of Dar es Salaam is over 4.3 million. The city’s land area is 538 square miles, making the population density 8,100 people per square mile.

While Dar es Salaam’s population doesn’t seem that large compared to some of the world’s other cities, it is one of the fastest-growing in Africa. In fact, it is the third fastest-growing city in Africa and the ninth fastest-growing in the world. The city’s metro population is expected to grow to over 5 million over the next three years. The population is expected to grow so much, that Dar es Salaam is expected to be the second largest city by population in the world by 2100, with a predicted population of 76 million. The annual growth rate is expected to average 4.39% through the year 2020.

Dar Es Salaam Population in 2018Source: Alidamji at English Wikipedia [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Dar Es Salaam Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
203010,760,0004.60%2,167,000
20258,593,0005.02%1,866,000
20206,727,0005.53%686,000
20186,041,0005.70%925,000
20155,116,0005.74%1,246,000
20103,870,0005.74%943,000
20052,927,0005.20%655,000
20002,272,0004.42%442,000
19951,830,0004.42%356,000
19901,474,0005.33%337,000
19851,137,0005.87%282,000
1980855,0008.37%283,000
1975572,0009.89%215,000
1970357,0008.91%124,000
1965233,0007.54%71,000
1960162,0006.72%45,000
1955117,0006.85%33,000
195084,0000.00%0
Dar Es Salaam Population Growth

Dar Es Salaam's 2018 population is now estimated at 6,041,000. In 1950, the population of Dar Es Salaam was 84,000. Dar Es Salaam has grown by 925,000 since 2015, which represents a 5.70% 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 Dar Es Salaam, which typically includes Dar Es Salaam's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

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