Lucknow Population 2017

Culture and history are always something that every city should strive to hold onto. Lucknow is a city in Uttar Pradesh that is known for being a cultural hub for the area. Not only do people prize this area for its cultural significance, they also look to Lucknow as the center for entertainment and a multi-cultural experience. Lucknow has a growing population and the influence of different ethnicities and cultures look likely to continue to grow in this city.


The whole of India went through a census in 2011, so the numbers available are quite accurate even for today. According to the census, Lucknow has two different variations on its population numbers. The largest of the numbers is the urban population. This includes the city as well as the surrounding areas. The other population numbers refer to the city limits of Lucknow. The urban population as of 2011 stood at 2,902,920 with 1,509,451 males and 11,393,469 females. The city population is quite a bit lower with a total of 2,817,105 people, consisting of 1,460,970 males and 1,356,135 females.


The success of Lucknow as a city is in large part due to its education system. There are 15 schools in Lucknow for children's education, both private and public. There are two universities, 10 colleges, five engineering and medical colleges, and four management institutes within Lucknow. With all of these educational opportunities, it is not surprising that the literacy rating in Lucknow is quite high. The literacy rate as of the 2011 census indicated that 82.51% of the population can read fluently. The number of females remains far behind with 78.54% of women and 86.10% of men considered literate.


As with most cities in India, religion is important to the people in Lucknow. The primary religion in the city remains consistent with that of the rest of India, with Hinduism practiced by 71.71% of the city. Islam is the second most popular religion in Lucknow, and the number of Muslims as of the 2011 census was 26.36%. The rest of the religions represented make up only a fraction of the overall population. Sikhs are .76%, Christians are .58%, Jains are .17%, and Buddhists are .10% of the total population. Those that stated no religious affiliation were a just .31%. Other religions within Lucknow makes up .01% of the population or just 390 people.


As India is such a large country, the unemployment rate varies depending on location. In India, populations of cities are ranked by class. Lucknow is a city with over one million people and therefore falls into the class one category. According to the numbers, the current unemployment rate in Lucknow stands at 8.5%. Although that is high for some areas of the world, the fact that it has not reached double digits is a positive sign for the state of the economy in the city.

Lucknow Population in 2018Source: By Timestance [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Lucknow Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
Lucknow Population Growth

Lucknow's 2017 population is now estimated at 3,369,000. In 1950, the population of Lucknow was 489,000. Lucknow has grown by 147,000 in the last year, which represents a 4.56% change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Lucknow, which typically includes Lucknow's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

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