Ho Chi Minh City Population 2017

Vietnam is a large country with a population of almost 93 million people. The biggest city is Ho Chi Minh City, which locally also goes by the name of Saigon. The name is derived from the previous name of the city when it was part of the French colony of Cochin-China before the reunification of north and south Vietnam. The city is quite densely populated, but somehow it all seems to work as Ho Chi Minh City continues to grow.

Demographics

The current population of Ho Chi Minh City is difficult to determine as the most recent census was performed in 2009. According to that census, the population of Ho Chi Minh City stood at 7,521,130 people. The population density states that there are 9,294 people for every square mile within the city. The only city to come close to the overall population of Ho Chi Minh city is the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi, which has a population of 6.4 million and a population density of 5,000 per square mile. The total population of Ho Chi Minh city accounts for 8.34% of all inhabitants of Vietnam.

Religion

Ho Chi Minh City may not seem as though it would be very diverse, but with 50% of the inhabitants actively practicing the teachings of Buddhism, there is room for other religious faiths. While 34% of the population has no religious affiliation, 12% identifies as Roman Catholic and 4% practice other religions such as Hao Hao, Cao Dai, Hinduism, and Islam.

Unemployment

The cities with the lowest unemployment rates tend to have better opportunities for residents as well as those looking to move into the city. The whole of Vietnam has proven to be resilient in this respect. 80% of people laid off in the country have already found jobs before the layoff takes effect. The unemployment rating in Ho Chi Minh City is currently 5.45%, which is remarkably low compared to other cities throughout the world that maintain a much higher rating, sometimes into double digits.

Tunnels

A number of cities throughout the world maintain a network of tunnels beneath the city. Ho Chi Minh City has a well-developed infrastructure of tunnels beneath the city that were used during the various wars to transport soldiers and goods safely. There are some parts of the tunnel system that have since fallen into disrepair, but much of it remains intact. Visitors to the city often take tours into the tunnels where they learn about the conditions during the war. Some even allow guests to sample life through a traditional meal that would have been eaten by soldiers in the tunnels.

Ho Chi Minh City Population in 2018Source: Diego Delso [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Ho Chi Minh City Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20301,569,00010.96%155,000
20251,414,00013.21%165,000
20201,249,0009.08%104,000
20171,145,0006.51%70,000
20151,075,00020.92%186,000
2010889,00021.78%159,000
2005730,00021.87%131,000
2000599,00014.97%78,000
1995521,00012.53%58,000
1990463,0009.46%40,000
1985423,0008.46%33,000
1980390,00019.63%64,000
1975326,00022.10%59,000
1970267,00021.36%47,000
1965220,00022.22%40,000
1960180,00021.62%32,000
1955148,00021.31%26,000
1950122,0000.00%0
Ho Chi Minh City Population Growth

Ho Chi Minh City's 2017 population is now estimated at 1,145,000. In 1950, the population of Ho Chi Minh City was 122,000. Ho Chi Minh City has grown by 70,000 in the last year, which represents a 6.51% change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Ho Chi Minh City, which typically includes Ho Chi Minh City's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

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