Munich Population 2017

Munich is the capital and largest city of Bavaria, a German state. Located on the River Isar to the north of the Bavarian Alps, it is the third largest city in the country behind Berlin and Hamburg. The estimated 2014 population of Munich is 1.4 million.

Munich has an estimated population of 1.4 million, although the urban area is much larger at 2.65 million. Munich is now one of the fastest-growing and most prosperous cities in the country and a top destination for immigrants and expatriates, despite the fact that Munich has the highest population density in Germany at 12,000 people per square mile (4,500/square kilometer).

Munich Demographics

Of the 1.34 million people in the city in 2007, a little of 300,000 did not have citizenship. There are very sizable Balkan and Turkish communities in the city. Of the foreign nationals in Munich, about 37% come from the European Union. The most common foreign nationals in Munich are:

  • Turks (43,000)
  • Albanians (30,000)
  • Croats (25,000)
  • Serbs (24,000)
  • Greeks (22,000)
  • Austrians (21,000)
  • Italians (21,000)

Nearly half (49.3%) of people in Munich have no religious affiliation, and this is the fastest-growing group of the population. The Roman Catholic and Protestant churches are the next-largest group and they have been in decline for decades.

Munich Population Growth

For many years, Germany has been declining in population due to an aging population. This has changed recently, however, with a significant increase in the country's population in 2012 attributed to immigrants, not natural growth. Munich is the second-largest employer in the country, and the recent wave of immigrants have brought trained, skilled workers to the city, including academics, engineers and other skilled workers.

Munich Population in 2017Source: Thomas Wolf, www.foto-tw.de

Munich Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20301,548,0000.98%15,000
20251,533,0002.06%31,000
20201,502,0002.32%34,000
20171,468,0002.09%30,000
20151,438,0006.28%85,000
20101,353,0007.89%99,000
19801,299,0000.23%3,000
19751,296,0000.15%2,000
19701,294,00010.13%119,000
19851,267,000-2.46%-32,000
20051,254,0004.33%52,000
19951,241,0001.89%23,000
19901,218,000-3.87%-49,000
20001,202,000-3.14%-39,000
19651,175,00010.85%115,000
19601,060,00013.25%124,000
1955936,00012.64%105,000
1950831,0000.00%0
Munich Population Growth

Munich's 2017 population is now estimated at 1,468,000. In 1950, the population of Munich was 831,000. Munich has grown by 30,000 in the last year, which represents a 2.09% change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Munich, which typically includes Munich's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Data Sources
  1. City of Munich - Official website for the City of Munich with population data and statistics
  2. Bavarian State Office for Statistics - Bavaria data and statistics