Havana Population 2018

Havana is a city in Cuba, but it isn’t just any city. In addition to being the country’s capital city, it is also the largest by population. The population recorded during the last official census was 2,106,146.

City Size and Population Density

Havana isn’t just the biggest city by population. It is also Cuba’s largest city by area, which measures in at over 728.26 kilometers squared ( approximately 281.18 square miles). When breaking down the population, the city has a population density of 7,490 people per square mile.

Havana Demographics

In terms of ethnicity, Havana's population is reported to be:

White: 58.4%, (Spanish descent most common) Mestizo or Mulatto (mixed race): 26.4% Black: 15.2% Asian: 0.2%

When we turn to religion among the population of Havana, there are no solid statistics. Christianity is popular, and is often combined with a practice known as Santeria.

Population Growth

Throughout the years, Havana has traditionally seen growth of its population. During the 1950s through 1970s, the population growth was in the double digits. The population exceeded 1 million between 1943 and 1953. The city hit its next population milestone of 2 million residents during the 1980s. More recently, though, Havana has seen a slight drop in its population, with data showing that the population dropped 1.7% between 2009 and 2012.

This is mainly attributed to a low birth rate and high life expectancy, as well as controlled migration. Population growth is expected to slow and decline through the future as <a href=http://www.businessinsider.com/cuba-has-a-major-demographic-problem-2015-10>birth rates remain down and the population grows older.

Havana Population in 2018Source: By Crisijuan0 [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Havana Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20352,194,2320.15%16,629
20302,177,6030.20%21,253
20252,156,3500.15%15,927
20202,140,4230.09%3,955
20182,136,4680.20%12,771
20152,123,697-0.18%-19,371
20102,143,068-0.34%-37,279
20052,180,347-0.05%-5,586
20002,185,9330.33%35,465
19952,150,4680.40%42,087
19902,108,3811.01%103,587
19852,004,7940.94%91,417
19801,913,3770.70%65,709
19751,847,6680.75%68,177
19701,779,4912.17%181,241
19651,598,2502.17%162,739
19601,435,5112.17%146,245
19551,289,2662.46%147,307
19501,141,9590.00%
Havana Population Growth

Havana's 2018 population is now estimated at 2,136,468. In 1950, the population of Havana was 1,141,959. Havana has grown by 12,771 since 2015, which represents a 0.20% 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 Havana, which typically includes Havana's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

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

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