Namibia is home to about 2.57 million people, making it the 143rd-most populous country in the world. As of 2015, Namibia has 13 cities, ten of which have populations of over 10,000. Namibia’s most populous city and capital is Windhoek. Windhoek is home to about 431,000. The city is continually growing about 4% per year, largely because of net migration from all over the country. Walvis Bay is the second-most populous city and the largest coastal city in Namibia. Walvis Bay’s population is about 63,000 people. Swakopmund is the third-most populous city in Namibia and the capital of the Erongo administrative district, home to about 45,000 people. Otjiwarongo, Okahandja, and Keetmanshoop are the only other cities with populations of over 20,000. Together, these six cities have a combined population of about 612,100, or 23.8% of Namibia’s total population.
About 51.04% of Namibia’s population lives in cities and urban areas, and about 48.96% lives in rural areas. This is a significant increase in the urban population since 2009 when 40.6% of the population was urban. The country’s urbanization rate is around 1.94%.
Namibia has 0 cities with more than a million people, 1 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 18 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in Namibia is Windhoek, with a population of 268,132 people.