Mumbai Population 2016

Mumbai, also called Bombay, is the capital city of the state of Maharashtra in India, and it's the most populous city in India. As the 4th most populous city in the world and one of the populous urban regions in the world, Mumbai has a metro population of about 20.7 million in 2016.

Mumbai's urban population is estimated to be over 22 million, and the densely populated city is one of the largest in India in terms of population, trade activity and business. The metropolitan area has experienced an explosion in growth over the past 20 years, a common occurrence with metropolitan areas in India. The rapid population growth is attributed to migration from other regions in the country, with migrants seeking business and employment opportunities.

The population of Mumbai has more than doubled since 1991, when the census showed that there were 9.9 million people living in the area. The rapid expansion has led to serious health issues that have to be addressed by the government, and a large percentage of residents live in the city’s slums.

The percentage of people living in slums is estimated to be as high as 41.3% in Greater Mumbai. The number of people residing in slums throughout the entire country is estimated to increase 9% to hit 104 million by the year 2017. Dharavi is the largest slum in Mumbai and the second largest in Asia. It is estimated that one million people live in Dharavi, which has a population density of 600 to 2,000 people per acre and spans across 535 acres. There are approximately 5,000 businesses and 15,000 single-room factories in Dharavi. The slum is the most literate in the country, with a literacy rate of 69%.

Because land is at such a premium, residents of Mumbai frequently live in cheap, cramped housing far from work, leading to long commutes on the city’s busy mass transit system.

Mumbai Demographics

Mumbai is considered a melting pot due to all of the migrants that relocate to the city for employment opportunities. Mumbai, like most metropolitan areas of India, has a large population of polyglots, and 16 major languages of India are spoken here, including Gujarati, Hindi and Marathi, along with a colloquial form of Hindi called Bambaiya.

Cultural diversity within the city means that there are mixed religions throughout the area. Religions in Mumbai are broken down as follows:

  • Hindus: 67.39%
  • Muslims: 18.56%
  • Buddhists: 5.22%
  • Jains: 3.99%
  • Christians: 4.2%
  • Sikhs: 0.58% Parsis and Jews account for the rest of the population

42% of the population is made up of Maharashtrians and Gujaratis account for 19%, while people from other areas of the country account for the rest of the population.

Mumbai's sex ratio is skewed, and a ward-level analysis of the last Census in 2013 found that 20 of the city's 24 municipal wards had a decline in child sex ratio in the past decade. The Worli-Prabhadevi region had the highest drop in child sex ratio. For every 1,000 boys, there are just 899 girls. This gender imbalance is visible throughout Mumbai and is blamed on sex-selective abortions.

Mumbai Population Growth

Mumbai has experienced rapid growth over the past twenty years, which has led to an increased number of residents living in slums and has elevated the growth of its largest slum, Dharavi. The Malad-Dahisar region in the west and the Cembur-Govandi region in the east have grown the fastest, growing between 17 and 20% in the last 10 decades.

The north is growing much more populous as the southern regions become less inhabited, and the fast-growing areas are seeing massive ghettoization as the fastest growth is occurring in the poorest areas.

The Indian government is currently working to boost the population of the Parsi community, as they have the highest literacy rates and sex ratio in India, but their numbers are rapidly declining. Out of 1.2 billion people in India, only 69,000 are Parsis, and their numbers have been declining 12% a decade. Mumbai is still home to the largest Parsis population in the world.

Despite its growth over the past twenty years, Mumbai has recorded its slowest population growth in nearly a century, and its population actually shrunk from 2001 to 2011. Demographers have differing views on this, as some believe the decline in growth is due to people choosing smaller families while others attribute the change to the shrinkage of homes and job opportunities.

By 2030, Mumbai will have an estimated population of 28 million. These estimates mean that the 6th most populous city in the world would move up the list to become the 4th most populous.

Mumbai  Population in 2016 Source: Jasvipul Chawla

Population Pyramid

Mumbai Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
1950 2,857,000 0.00% 0
1955 3,432,000 20.10% 575,000
1960 4,060,000 18.30% 628,000
1965 4,854,000 19.60% 794,000
1970 5,811,000 19.70% 957,000
1975 7,082,000 21.90% 1,271,000
1980 8,658,000 22.30% 1,576,000
1985 10,391,000 20.00% 1,733,000
1990 12,436,000 19.70% 2,045,000
1995 14,310,000 15.10% 1,874,000
2000 16,367,000 14.40% 2,057,000
2005 17,891,000 9.30% 1,524,000
2010 19,422,000 8.60% 1,531,000
2015 21,043,000 8.30% 1,621,000
2017 21,690,000 3.10% 647,000
2020 22,838,000 5.30% 1,148,000
2025 25,207,000 10.40% 2,369,000
2030 27,797,000 10.30% 2,590,000
Mumbai Population Growth

Mumbai 's 2017 population is now estimated at 21,690,000. In 1950, the population of Mumbai was 2,857,000. Mumbai has grown by 647,000 in the last year, which represents a 3.10% change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Mumbai , which typically includes Mumbai 's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Data Sources
  1. World Urbanization Prospects - United Nations population estimates and projections of major Urban Agglomerations
  2. Press Information Bureau, Government of India