Medellin Population 2017

As the second largest city and the hub of most political offices in Columbia, Medellin is quite an important part of the country. This part of Columbia is perched in the heart of the Andes mountains and therefore it is not only perfect for city life but for those who want to explore the great outdoors as well. The economy in Medellin is growing, and current estimates indicate that the population of the city could reach 2.5 million people by the end of 2017.

Demographics

The current population of Medellin is unknown as the most recent census was performed in 2005, but according to those numbers the population was 2,214,494 with a population density of 6,746.8 people per square kilometer. Females in the city outnumber males with females at 52.9% and males at 47.1% of the total population. In terms of numbers, there are 1,327,914 women and 1,180,538 men within the city limits of Medellin.

Ages

Like most cities, the majority of the population of Medellin falls within the age group of 15 to 64. This is the standard age where people can work and support the economy of the city. Those that fall into this category represent 71.2% of the population. 18% are below the age of 15 and still considered minors, and 10.9% are above the age of 64 and considered retired or unable to work. Although this does not reflect all people above the age of 65, it is the majority. The oldest of the Medellin population are those above the age of 80 and there are 50,616 in that age bracket.

Unemployment

The unemployment rate in Medellin falls in line with that of the rest of Columbia. In November 2016, the unemployment rate saw a steep decline to 7.5%. The numbers did not last very long as in January of 2017 the unemployment rating jumped to 11.7%. These numbers are not surprising as many people find themselves out of work at the beginning of the year due to the end of the holiday rush. The rate continued to fall throughout this year and currently stands at 8.7%. Although this is not great, it is much better than the double-digit numbers of previous years.

Ethnicities

Ethnicities within Medellin are in line with the rest of Columbia with a majority of the population considered white. 84.2% are part of the Mestizo or white race. The second largest group is that of the Afro-Columbians, making up 10.4% of the population. The other race represented in Medellin is the Amerindians, who make up 3.4% of the population. The remaining 2.1% of the population are those that are of various other races and do not have the numbers to be counted among the percentages of Medellin residents.

Medellin Population in 2018Source: By Jorge Mario G. Mazo [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Medellin Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20304,747,0005.68%255,000
20254,492,0006.70%282,000
20204,210,0004.41%178,000
20174,032,0003.09%121,000
20153,911,00011.42%401,000
20103,510,00012.25%383,000
20053,127,00014.79%403,000
20002,724,00014.84%352,000
19952,372,00011.10%237,000
19902,135,0009.49%185,000
19851,950,00012.65%219,000
19801,731,00012.70%195,000
19751,536,00021.90%276,000
19701,260,00027.02%268,000
1965992,00036.45%265,000
1960727,00039.01%204,000
1955523,00039.10%147,000
1950376,0000.00%0
Medellin Population Growth

Medellin's 2017 population is now estimated at 4,032,000. In 1950, the population of Medellin was 376,000. Medellin has grown by 121,000 in the last year, which represents a 3.09% change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Medellin, which typically includes Medellin's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

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