Dusseldorf Population 2018

Dusseldorf is one of Germany’s most populous cities. It is the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia. The city is one of the most influential in the country, and it has become known around the world for its fairs and trade shows, as well as its role as an international business center. The <a href=https://www.it.nrw.de/statistik/a/daten/bevoelkerungszahlen_zensus/index.html>city’s population as of the end of 2015 was 612,178.

The most recent population estimation from 2017 comes to 639,407.

This city has a long history, a rich culture, and the many business opportunities offered within this city have made it one of the most livable cities in the world.

City Size and Population Density

The city of Dusseldorf boasts a total surface area of 217.14 square kilometers (83.94 square miles). In combination with the growing population, the population density comes to just around 2,800 individuals per square kilometer.

Dusseldorf Demographics

<a href=https://www.duesseldorf.de/fileadmin/Amt12/statistik/stadtforschung/download/statistisches_jahrbuch_2015.pdf>Over 100,000 Dusseldorf residents are foreign, with many coming to the city because of the employment opportunities it offers.

According to figures from 2017, the largest group of foreign residents is from Turkey. Other foreign groups with numbers in the tens of thousands are from Greece, Poland, Yugoslavia and Italy. There are also thousands of immigrants from Syria, Spain, Morocco, Russia and Iraq.

The city also has one of the largest Jewish populations in the country, as well as the one of the largest populations of Japanese residents in all of Europe.

The dominant age group in Dusseldorf is the 30 to 49 year age range, with over 190,000 individuals. Those aged 50 to 64 years come in with nearly 130,000. The 18 to 29 year age range is next, with just over 97,000 in this age bracket currently.

Dusseldorf History

Dusseldorf began as a collection of fishing and farming settlements near the Dussel River during the 7th and 8th centuries. The name Dusseldorf was mentioned in writing in 1135. Later in the 1100s, the city was ruled by the Counts of Berg. About one hundred years later, in 1288, Dusseldorf was given town privileges. The city was protected by walls throughout the 1300s, and a market was established along the banks of the Rhine River. Other buildings and monuments were erected in the centuries that followed.

After the Napoleonic Wars, the city was stricken by poverty. However, following Napoleon’s defeat, the city was given to the Kingdom of Prussia, where its economy was revitalized during the Industrial Revolution. During the late 1800s, the city saw a strong period of population growth. The city was designated as a capital in 1946 and spent the following years rebuilding following the <a href=https://www.britannica.com/place/Dusseldorf>damaging effects of World War II.

Today, Dusseldorf is a leading financial and industrial center. Telecommunications is one of its largest and most prosperous industries. The city is also home to multiple internet companies, auto manufacturers, and headquarters of major companies including Metro, L’Oreal, and Henkel.

Dusseldorf Population Growth

Dusseldorf through the years has seen population increases that has made it one of the largest cities in Germany. In the 1800s, the city surpassed the 100,000 resident milestone and in 1962, numbers had jumped to surpass 700,000. After some population declines in the years to follow, Dusseldorf’s population began to rise again in the late 1990s and is expected to continue on a path of slow and steady growth in the future.

Dusseldorf Population in 2018Source: By Ingo Valentin< [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], from Wikimedia Commons

Dusseldorf Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
2035654,8290.18%5,899
2030648,9300.19%6,042
2025642,8880.34%10,946
2020631,9420.56%7,066
2018624,8760.83%15,227
2015609,6490.73%21,788
2010587,8610.49%14,276
2005573,5850.16%4,476
2000569,109-0.10%-2,727
1995571,836-0.11%-3,069
1990574,9050.39%11,139
1985563,766-1.03%-29,974
1980593,740-1.10%-33,626
1975627,366-1.10%-35,519
1970662,885-0.64%-21,746
1965684,6310.07%2,392
1960682,2393.21%99,765
1955582,4743.05%81,254
1950501,2200.00%
Dusseldorf Population Growth

Dusseldorf's 2018 population is now estimated at 624,876. In 1950, the population of Dusseldorf was 501,220. Dusseldorf has grown by 15,227 since 2015, which represents a 0.83% 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 Dusseldorf, which typically includes Dusseldorf's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

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