Islamabad Population 2017

Islamabad is not just known for being the capital of Pakistan, but it is known for embracing modern ideas while remaining true to its rich cultural heritage. The dynamic city has attracted residents from all over Pakistan, making it one of the most diverse and urbanized cities in the country.

Islamabad Demographics

The city of Islamabad has a population of 1,433,000 as of 2016. Islamabad and its neighbor Rawalpindi form the Islamabad-Rawalpindi metropolitan area, which has a population of over 4.5 million. Islamabad has become known for its diverse population, its higher education system for being home to the largest mosque in South Asia.

The city is mostly comprised of people in the 15-64 year age bracket, making up over 59% of the population. Over 37% of residents are under the age of 15, while the older population is quite small at just 2.73%. Islam is the most practiced religion in the city, with over 95% of Muslims making up the population. The second largest religion is Christianity, which accounts for just over 4% of the population.

Islamabad has the highest literacy rate of the country at 88%. Over 10% of the population has a bachelor’s degree and 5.2% have a master’s degree, in part because of the higher education system which consists of 16 recognized universities. Punjabis make up 65% of the population, followed by Urdu-speaking Muhajirs (14%), Pashtuns (10.51%) and others – including Sindhi, Balochi and Kashmiris) making up the remaining 7%.

Islamabad History

The country of Pakistan was formed in 1947 and after its formation, it was determined that the country needed a capital. In 1958, a commission went to work to find a new location based on climate, location, beauty and other criteria. After planning and research, the area around Rawalpindi was selected and Islamabad was created with the initial goal that Islamabad would eventually encompass Rawalpindi.

Prior to the development of Islamabad, the area had been settled before, with the earliest history dating back to 5000 BC. In modern times, Islamabad – which reached completion of development in 1966 – is one of the most diverse cities in the country, attracting settlers from all over Pakistan. It is also a popular tourist destination for hikers and mountaineers that want to enjoy the beautiful outdoor aesthetics that the city has to offer. A moderate climate, outdoor scenery and basic infrastructure isn’t the only appeal that the city has, though, as it also houses the country’s embassies, Foreign Office and other government buildings.

Islamabad Population Growth

Despite development that was completed in the 1960s, Islamabad has shown steady population growth over the years. Its high percentage of youthful residents, combined with its climate, scenery and jobs in sectors including information and communications technology makes it an area that should see continued growth well into the future. Estimates place the 2020 population at almost 1.7 million, and it’s expected to exceed 2.2 million in 2030.

Islamabad Population in 2017Source: Kamranmangrio

Islamabad Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20302,275,00014.20%283,000
20251,992,00017.20%293,000
20201,699,00013.10%197,000
20171,502,00010.00%137,000
20151,365,00031.40%326,000
20101,039,00031.90%251,000
2005788,00032.00%191,000
2000597,00032.10%145,000
1995452,00031.80%109,000
1990343,00031.90%83,000
1985260,00037.60%71,000
1980189,00076.60%82,000
1975107,00052.90%37,000
197070,00025.00%14,000
196556,00024.40%11,000
196045,0009.80%4,000
195541,00013.90%5,000
195036,0000.00%0
Islamabad Population Growth

Islamabad's 2017 population is now estimated at 1,502,000. In 1950, the population of Islamabad was 36,000. Islamabad has grown by 137,000 in the last year, which represents a 10.00% change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Islamabad, which typically includes Islamabad's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Data Sources
  1. Pakistan Bureau of Statistics - Islamabad population census