Ankara Population 2021

5,215,747
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Ankara's 2021 population is now estimated at 5,215,747. In 1950, the population of Ankara was 280,588. Ankara has grown by 98,144 since 2015, which represents a 1.92% 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 Ankara, which typically includes Ankara's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Ankara is the capital city of the Republic of Turkey. The city – which was once known as Angora and Ancyra – is the second largest city in Turkey by population, trailing only behind Istanbul. The city’s urban center boasts a population of 4,587,558, while the province itself has a population of over 5.4 million.

Size and Population Density

Ankara covers a total of 9,468 square miles (24,522 square kilometers). The population density is near 531 people per square mile or 205 per square kilometer.

Population Growth in Ankara

What’s interesting about Ankara is that it was first designed as a planned city that would only have a population of around 500,000 residents. This was designated when the city was named as capital in the 1920s. While the population grew at a slow and steady pace throughout the next few decades, massive population growth occurred during the 1950s. This was because people were moving to the city for job opportunities and a higher quality of life. Planned housing was unable to be built fast enough to accommodate the new arrivals, so illegal houses began springing up around the city. Today, many of these have been replaced by public housing and compounds. The city continues to see a high rate of population growth, around 6.7% between the years 2014 and 2015. At this rate, this planned city of a half-million residents will continue to grow until it hits its next significant milestone.

Ankara Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
20356,164,7560.94%57,255
20346,107,5010.97%58,919
20336,048,5821.00%59,818
20325,988,7641.01%59,963
20315,928,8011.02%60,089
20305,868,7121.04%60,605
20295,808,1071.07%61,537
20285,746,5701.10%62,768
20275,683,8021.16%64,912
20265,618,8901.23%68,402
20255,550,4881.34%73,401
20245,477,0871.48%79,989
20235,397,0981.65%87,408
20225,309,6901.80%93,943
20215,215,7471.92%98,144
20205,117,6031.98%99,607
20195,017,9962.01%98,922
20184,919,0742.01%97,128
20174,821,9462.01%95,081
20164,726,8652.02%93,460
20154,633,4051.95%88,423
20144,544,9821.88%83,743
20134,461,2391.87%82,087
20124,379,1522.32%99,097
20114,280,0552.75%114,460
20104,165,5952.75%111,397
20094,054,1982.74%108,271
20083,945,9272.75%105,667
20073,840,2602.75%102,698
20063,737,5622.75%99,951
20053,637,6112.74%97,147
20043,540,4642.75%94,809
20033,445,6552.75%92,145
20023,353,5102.75%89,681
20013,263,8292.66%84,609
20003,179,2202.48%77,058
19993,102,1622.48%75,087
19983,027,0752.30%68,035
19972,959,0402.04%59,239
19962,899,8012.05%58,212
19952,841,5892.05%56,965
19942,784,6242.05%55,823
19932,728,8012.04%54,630
19922,674,1712.05%53,682
19912,620,4892.32%59,416
19902,561,0732.94%73,198
19892,487,8752.94%71,010
19882,416,8652.95%69,171
19872,347,6942.94%67,100
19862,280,5943.04%67,344
19852,213,2503.27%70,054
19842,143,1963.28%68,022
19832,075,1743.27%65,773
19822,009,4013.27%63,688
19811,945,7132.87%54,299
19801,891,4141.87%34,701
19791,856,7131.87%34,018
19781,822,6951.87%33,395
19771,789,3001.86%32,738
19761,756,5622.81%48,017
19751,708,5454.83%78,752
19741,629,7934.83%75,123
19731,554,6704.83%71,564
19721,483,1064.84%68,453
19711,414,6535.50%73,750
19701,340,9036.95%87,114
19691,253,7896.94%81,347
19681,172,4426.96%76,271
19671,096,1716.95%71,216
19661,024,9557.44%71,003
1965953,9528.51%74,855
1964879,0978.54%69,164
1963809,9338.53%63,638
1962746,2958.53%58,638
1961687,6578.22%52,215
1960635,4427.58%44,796
1959590,6467.57%41,583
1958549,0637.57%38,656
1957510,4077.56%35,886
1956474,5218.14%35,710
1955438,8119.36%37,542
1954401,2699.36%34,330
1953366,9399.34%31,352
1952335,5879.37%28,748
1951306,8399.36%26,251
1950280,5880.00%

Ankara Population Data (Urban Area)

Name 2021 Population 2021 Growth
Istanbul15,415,1971.48%
Ankara5,215,7471.92%
Izmir3,024,0201.04%
Bursa2,021,1161.75%
Adana1,792,5651.23%
Gaziantep1,739,6872.09%
Konya1,356,2802.12%
Antalya1,287,4392.68%
Diyarbakir1,059,6861.94%
Mersin1,034,6931.84%
Kayseri986,9871.38%
Eskisehir801,6122.29%
Gebze769,6333.35%
Samsun660,8632.84%
Denizli660,6432.46%
Sanliurfa596,7131.05%
Kahramanmaras559,5742.36%
Sakarya553,4382.59%
Van527,6823.19%
Malatya503,9881.61%

Other Cities in Turkey

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

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