Kanpur Population 2018

Kanpur is a city that is located in India. It is found in the state of Uttar Pradesh, and it is the most populous city within the state. The city was once known as Cawnpore.The city has a population of 2,767,348, which is a large number of residents. However, this only places Kanpur as the 12th most populous city in the country. The metro area of the city has a slightly higher population of just over 2.9 million.

Kanpur Size and Population Density

The city of Kanpur covers a total surface area of approximately 403.70 square kilometers (155.87 square miles). When we factor in the overall population of this city, the population density comes to about 6,900 residents per square kilometer (approximately 18,000 residents per square mile).

Demographics of Kanpur

Taking a closer look at the population of Kanpur shows that the city has a literacy rate of over 80%.

Kanpur’s major religion is Hinduism, with over 78% of residents following religion. Islam is another popular religion followed by almost 20% of Kanpur’s residents.

The ethinic makeup of the population of Kanpur is composed of a large number of residents from the state of Uttar Pradesh, and there are also people from other states and countries like Punjabis, Irish, Bengalis, South Indians, Anglo Indian, Gujaratis, Iraqis, Portuguese, Gypsies, Parsis and other ethnicities.

Population Growth

The city is a hub of commercial and industrial activity and is thought to be the commercial capital of Uttar Pradesh. Because of these roles and based on past growth rates, it’s safe to predict that Kanpur will continue to experience population growth well into the future.

Kanpur Population in 2018Source: By Mohd1998.knp [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Kanpur Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20354,133,2202.16%418,513
20303,714,7072.12%369,340
20253,345,3671.38%221,377
20203,123,9900.70%43,419
20183,080,5710.73%66,511
20153,014,0600.73%107,676
20102,906,3840.73%103,830
20052,802,5541.02%138,998
20002,663,5562.95%360,782
19952,302,7742.85%301,581
19902,001,1932.16%202,940
19851,798,2532.21%186,524
19801,611,7292.56%191,664
19751,420,0652.59%170,429
19701,249,6362.74%157,922
19651,091,7142.81%141,057
1960950,6573.25%140,454
1955810,2033.32%121,975
1950688,2280.00%
Kanpur Population Growth

Kanpur's 2018 population is now estimated at 3,080,571. In 1950, the population of Kanpur was 688,228. Kanpur has grown by 66,511 since 2015, which represents a 0.73% 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 Kanpur, which typically includes Kanpur's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

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