Alexandria Population 2021

5,381,101
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Alexandria's 2021 population is now estimated at 5,381,101. In 1950, the population of Alexandria was 1,037,462. Alexandria has grown by 100,437 since 2015, which represents a 1.90% 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 Alexandria, which typically includes Alexandria's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Alexandria is a city located in Egypt. It is the second largest by population in the country, and it is also one of the country’s most significant economic centers. At last count, the population was nearing 5.17 million by November of 2017; previously exceeding 4.9 million at the end of 2016.

Size and Population Density of Alexandria

Alexandria comes in with a population density of 4,800 people per square mile. The area that Alexandria covers comes to approximately 2,679 square kilometers in total.

Alexandria Demographics

The primary religions practiced in the city of Alexandria are Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. Most residents are Sunni Muslims. The city has seen significant population growth throughout its history, primarily attributed to high birth rates and migration from rural areas.

The majority of the residents speak Arabic. Most people that live in Alexandria are native Egyptians, although there are also residents originally from Germany, Italy and other European countries.

The climate is considered temperate with average lows ranging close to 45 degrees F and summer temperatures reaching toward 90 degrees F thanks to the proximity of the sea and associated humidity.

Alexandria History

It is believed that Alexander the Great founded the city of Alexandria in 331 BC. During ancient times, it was an important cultural and intellectual center. Since its establishment, religion has always been important within the city, from being the center of Hellenism to later becoming home to the largest community of Jewish people in the world. It also, for a number of years, served as the capital of Egypt.

In its earliest history, several battles were fought in the area, and Alexandria went under the control of different rulers. In 1517, the city was overtaken by the Ottoman Turks and was under their rule until nearly the 1800s.

The city played a significant role during Napoleon’s expedition in the late 1700s. The French took it before being taken by the British just a few years later. In the early 1800s, the city was rebuilt and redeveloped, restoring it to its former glory.

In the years that followed, the city was occupied by British Naval forces, and in the 1950s, Europeans began leaving the city following the Suez Crisis.

Today, Alexandria is the site of many ancient and historical landmarks. It is also home to many religious buildings, as well as higher education colleges and universities. The city has two airports, many highways, an intracity commuter rail, four ports, a variety of museums, and is also a popular tourist destination.

Alexandria Population Growth

The city of Alexandria has seen significant growth throughout the years, due to its essential role as an economic center of Egypt. The city has also become known as one that has a laid-back culture, making it appealing to immigrants. Because of the city’s culture, history and commerce, the population is expected to continue to grow, with the next milestone of 5 million residents just over the horizon.

Alexandria Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20357,168,5832.34%163,737
20347,004,8462.29%156,804
20336,848,0422.24%150,073
20326,697,9692.19%143,349
20316,554,6202.14%137,236
20306,417,3842.09%131,377
20296,286,0072.05%126,061
20286,159,9462.01%121,305
20276,038,6411.98%117,436
20265,921,2051.97%114,154
20255,807,0511.95%110,920
20245,696,1311.93%107,654
20235,588,4771.91%104,872
20225,483,6051.90%102,504
20215,381,1011.90%100,437
20205,280,6641.90%98,214
20195,182,4501.89%96,210
20185,086,2402.02%100,950
20174,985,2902.02%98,946
20164,886,3442.02%96,982
20154,789,3622.02%95,058
20144,694,3042.02%93,171
20134,601,1332.02%91,321
20124,509,8122.02%89,509
20114,420,3032.02%87,733
20104,332,5702.02%85,991
20094,246,5792.02%84,284
20084,162,2952.02%82,612
20074,079,6832.02%80,972
20063,998,7112.02%79,366
20053,919,3452.02%77,684
20043,841,6612.03%76,352
20033,765,3092.02%74,733
20023,690,5762.02%73,250
20013,617,3262.02%71,698
20003,545,6282.03%70,469
19993,475,1592.02%68,974
19983,406,1852.02%67,605
19973,338,5801.70%55,851
19963,282,7291.20%38,985
19953,243,7441.20%38,470
19943,205,2741.20%38,013
19933,167,2611.20%37,511
19923,129,7501.20%37,169
19913,092,5811.20%36,676
19903,055,9051.20%36,242
19893,019,6631.20%35,763
19882,983,9001.20%35,436
19872,948,4641.64%47,714
19862,900,7502.36%66,981
19852,833,7692.36%65,345
19842,768,4242.37%64,012
19832,704,4122.36%62,447
19822,641,9652.36%61,005
19812,580,9602.36%59,515
19802,521,4452.37%58,301
19792,463,1442.36%56,876
19782,406,2682.36%55,563
19772,350,7052.39%54,836
19762,295,8692.44%54,653
19752,241,2162.44%53,279
19742,187,9372.44%52,013
19732,135,9242.43%50,707
19722,085,2172.44%49,638
19712,035,5792.44%48,391
19701,987,1882.44%47,240
19691,939,9482.43%46,054
19681,893,8942.44%45,084
19671,848,8102.44%43,951
19661,804,8593.02%52,838
19651,752,0213.07%52,144
19641,699,8773.08%50,729
19631,649,1483.07%49,149
19621,599,9993.07%47,684
19611,552,3153.22%48,486
19601,503,8293.79%54,870
19591,448,9593.78%52,798
19581,396,1613.78%50,873
19571,345,2883.78%48,954
19561,296,3343.79%47,300
19551,249,0343.78%45,512
19541,203,5223.78%43,855
19531,159,6673.78%42,199
19521,117,4683.79%40,773
19511,076,6953.78%39,233
19501,037,4620.00%

Alexandria Population Data (Urban Area)

Name Population 2021 Growth
Cairo21,322,7502.02%
Alexandria5,381,1011.90%
Bur Sa'id750,3731.81%
As Suways649,3681.75%
Al Mansurah565,0151.69%
Al Mahallah Al Kubra523,9031.23%
Tanta508,0121.31%
Asyut467,0181.31%
Al Fayyum417,0771.84%
Az Zaqazig363,0451.30%
Al Ismailiyah358,9801.42%
Aswan351,3321.84%
Kafr Ad Dawwar349,2551.64%

Other Cities in Egypt

  1. World Urbanization Prospects - United Nations population estimates and projections of major Urban Agglomerations

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