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.

Population Size

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.

Population Demographics

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 Josep Renalias [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Porto Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20351,374,8070.26%17,477
20301,357,3300.34%23,135
20251,334,1950.32%21,248
20201,312,9470.23%6,013
20181,306,9340.21%8,138
20151,298,7960.21%13,451
20101,285,3450.21%13,315
20051,272,0300.29%18,096
20001,253,9340.78%47,522
19951,206,4120.72%42,595
19901,163,8170.43%24,923
19851,138,8940.63%35,182
19801,103,7121.83%95,682
19751,008,0301.75%83,647
1970924,3830.94%42,109
1965882,2740.98%42,013
1960840,2611.42%57,206
1955783,0551.42%53,297
1950729,7580.00%
Porto Population Growth

Porto's 2018 population is now estimated at 1,306,934. In 1950, the population of Porto was 729,758. Porto has grown by 8,138 since 2015, which represents a 0.21% annual 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

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