Tehran Population 2017

The 8.3 million people of Tehran make their homes in the 1,500 km squared area of the city. The city is very densely populated, with an average of 1.6 people per room in the houses across the city. With the city’s population growing, the areas suffering most are the south and east of the city – the newer parts of the city are still catching up in terms of population numbers. The structure of the city has had a history of flux with buildings, boundaries and road layouts being altered over time. There still remains “Old Tehran”, with its traditional buildings, ancient bazaar’s and other architectural treasures. Most of Tehran today has a cosmopolitan feel and this is mostly felt in the northern area where individuals are more liberal in their outlook. This area of Tehran is wealthy - and is also where the newest and more upper class shops are being developed.

Tehran Demographics

Despite the modern and international flavor of the city, 75% of people living in Tehran would identify themselves as Persian and 63% of inhabitants were born there. Around 99% of the residents in Tehran would speak and understand Persian. 13%, however, do have a good level of understanding of a European language. The most prevalent religion in Tehran is a discipline of Islam, but there are other minority religions including Christianity. A small number of Sikh’s are also resident.

The city has a reputation for the oppression of women and being restrictive in acceptable behaviors. Women still have to respect a very strict dress code. In addition, places of worship still have male and female sections. Compounding this is the fact that there is not a heavy presence of foreign companies operating in Tehran; however, Tehran continues to be one of the best in the world on the stock exchange. The mean age of Tehran is 31.2 compared with the country of Iran’s mean age being 27.9. Unsurprisingly, the older members of the city are more central and in the wealthy areas in the north with the younger members more commonly situated around the outskirts of the city.

Tehran Population Growth

The city as a whole is growing in terms of population numbers and economy. In 2008, it was the least expensive capital city in the world in relation to cost of living; today, prices are rising rapidly and have reached 56th in the world on the GDP scale. In Tehran, cars are very popular with its residents and is one of the world’s busiest cities in regards to traffic. It will be interesting to watch how Tehran develops with its struggle between a desire to grow and become an economical player - and that of its very traditional religious history.

Tehran Population in 2017 Source: Ed Dunens

Tehran Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
1950 1,041,000 0.00% 0
1955 1,396,000 34.10% 355,000
1960 1,873,000 34.20% 477,000
1965 2,511,000 34.10% 638,000
1970 3,290,000 31.00% 779,000
1975 4,273,000 29.90% 983,000
1980 5,079,000 18.90% 806,000
1985 5,839,000 15.00% 760,000
1990 6,365,000 9.00% 526,000
1995 6,687,000 5.10% 322,000
2000 7,128,000 6.60% 441,000
2005 7,652,000 7.40% 524,000
2010 8,059,000 5.30% 407,000
2015 8,432,000 4.60% 373,000
2017 8,604,000 2.00% 172,000
2020 8,909,000 3.50% 305,000
2025 9,481,000 6.40% 572,000
2030 9,990,000 5.40% 509,000
Tehran Population Growth

Tehran's 2017 population is now estimated at 8,604,000. In 1950, the population of Tehran was 1,041,000. Tehran has grown by 172,000 in the last year, which represents a 2.00% change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Tehran, which typically includes Tehran's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Data Sources
  1. World Capital Institute - Tehran - Tehran population information
  2. UNFPA Iran - Population study and census data from the Statistical Center of Iran