Porto Population 2018

Porto – or Oporto as it is also known – is a city in Portugal. It is the second largest city by population in the country. Its urban area is also the second largest. The city’s population is 237,559. However, the urban area has a population of 2.4 million across 150 square miles. Also notable is that it is the only city in Portugal, other than Lisbon, to be recognized as a global city.

Breaking down the population further shows that there are a higher percentage of females than males. Estimates from 2016 show that the population is 55% female, compared to 45% male. The largest age group, according to 2016 estimates, is 60 to 69, followed by residents in the 50 to 59 demographic. The majority – 93.7% -- of residents were born in Portugal. The city also has residents that originally were born in Angola, Cape Verde, and countries across Europe. Porto has seen its population climb over the years and with a thriving economy and a growing tourism industry, the population is only expected to continue to increase in the coming years.

Porto Population in 2018Source: By ho visto nina volare from Italy (Portogallo 2007) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Porto Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20301,443,0003.44%48,000
20251,395,0004.18%56,000
20201,339,0001.59%21,000
20181,318,0001.46%19,000
20151,299,0001.09%14,000
20101,285,0001.02%13,000
20051,272,0001.44%18,000
20001,254,0003.98%48,000
19951,206,0003.61%42,000
19901,164,0002.19%25,000
19851,139,0003.17%35,000
19801,104,0009.52%96,000
19751,008,0009.09%84,000
1970924,0004.76%42,000
1965882,0005.00%42,000
1960840,0007.28%57,000
1955783,0007.26%53,000
1950730,0000.00%0
Porto Population Growth

Porto's 2018 population is now estimated at 1,318,000. In 1950, the population of Porto was 730,000. Porto has grown by 19,000 in the last year, which represents a 1.46% change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Porto, which typically includes Porto's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

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