Riga Population 2018
Riga is Latvia’s capital city. In addition to being the capital, it is also the largest city by population, with over one-third of the country’s population living within the city. It is also the most populous across all of the Baltic states, boasting a population of 641,423 per 2017 data. The city has an overall area of 125 square miles, with a population density of 5,100 people per square mile. In addition to having a large population, Riga is also a popular tourist destination, with 2.3 million visitors coming to the city in 2016. The metro area, known as the Riga Planning Region, has a population that exceeds 1 million as of 2017.
Despite having the highest population in the country, it has actually declined from numbers posted in the 1990s. During that time, the population exceeded 900,000 but has dropped in recent years due to low birth rates and emigration. Over 44% of Riga residents are native to Latvia. There is also a high percentage of Russian residents, making up over 37% of the population. Other ethnicities include Ukrainians, Poles and Belarusians. The high rate of Russians living in Riga is expected to decline in the years to come as emigration continues. In fact, the city has been predicted to see its population cut in half by the year 2050 due to continued emigration and low birth rates.