Switzerland has a population of 8,692,161, making it the 100th-most populous country in the world. Switzerland’s most populous city is Zürich, which has a population of 434,335 in its town proper, an agglomeration population of 1.3 million, and a metro area of 1.83 million. Zürich is the capital of the canton of Zürich and serves as Switzerland’s main hub for railways, roads, and air traffic. Geneva is the second-most populous city, with a population of 203,951 in its city and 504,128 in its canton. Geneva is a global city and a center for diplomacy, known for numerous international organizations being present there. Basel is the third-most populous city, with about 180,000 inhabitants. Lausanne, Bern, and Winterthur all have populations of over 100,000 people as well.
About 73.85% of Switzerland’s population lives in cities and urban areas, while 26.15% live in rural areas. Switzerland’s urban population is growing around 0.78% per year.
Switzerland has 0 cities with more than a million people, 5 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 146 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in Switzerland is Zurich, with a population of 341,730 people.