Athens Population 2022

3,153,781
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Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece and one of the oldest cities in the world with a recorded history that goes back 3,400 years. Classical Athens was a center for philosophy, art, and learning and considered the cradle of Western civilization and democracy. Today, Athens is a cosmopolitan metropolis that is the financial, political, cultural and economic center for the country. In 2016, Athens had an estimated population of over 665,000 in the city proper or 3.75 million in the metropolitan area.

Athens Population Density

The administrative limits of the city of Athens has an estimated population of 665,000 in 2016, down from 796,400 in 2004. The city has a population density of 44,140 people per square mile (17,040/square kilometer).

The City Center of Athens is within the municipality, which is the largest in Greece in terms of population. Piraeus also forms a city center within the Athens Urban Area and is the 4th largest in terms of population. The Athens Urban Area has 40 municipalities, 35 of which are referred to as Greater Athens municipalities in North Athens, West Athens, Central Athens, and South Athens. The Athens Metropolitan Area is in the Attica region with 58 municipalities with a population estimated at 3.75 million in 2014.

Athens Demographics

Like most of Greece, Athens has a fairly homogeneous population. The main recognized minority is the Muslim minority. There are also populations of Jews, Armenians, Romani, Pomaks, and Turks in the city. Athens has a Jewish community with a long history in the region, although 87% of Greek Jews were killed during the Holocaust. The Romani are scattered throughout the country with the largest concentration in Athens as well as Thessalonica.

Athens Population Growth

The population history of Athens stretches back a long time. During the Greek Dark Ages, the city had a population of about 4,000, which grew to 10,000 by 700 BC. The area had an estimated population of 200,000 by 500 BC. In 317 BC, Demetrius of Phalerum conducted a census that placed the population of free people at 21,000 with 400,000 slaves and 10,000 resident aliens. During its classical period, Athens had a population between 350,000 and 610,000.

Athens today is experiencing some population decline, which is standard across the country, due to an aging population and a weak economy. From 2001 to 2011, the city's population dropped from 745,000 to 664,000, down from a height of 718,000 in 1921.

Year Population
19501,347,408
19511,388,045
19521,429,967
19531,473,034
19541,517,460
19551,563,226
19561,610,438
19571,658,940
19581,708,973
19591,760,515
19601,813,686
19611,869,311
19621,929,349
19631,991,316
19642,055,362
19652,121,284
19662,189,416
19672,259,735
19682,332,415
19692,407,223
19702,484,538
19712,553,503
19722,598,482
19732,644,126
19742,690,636
19752,737,965
19762,786,192
19772,835,134
19782,885,004
19792,935,751
19802,987,463
19813,028,415
19823,032,969
19833,037,530
19843,042,104
19853,046,672
19863,051,253
19873,055,841
19883,060,443
19893,065,038
19903,069,647
19913,076,196
19923,087,513
19933,098,841
19943,110,226
19953,121,652
19963,133,137
19973,144,631
19983,156,184
19993,167,780
20003,179,434
20013,187,197
20023,185,330
20033,183,464
20043,181,597
20053,179,736
20063,177,873
20073,176,011
20083,174,148
20093,172,292
20103,170,434
20113,168,576
20123,166,719
20133,164,863
20143,163,009
20153,161,155
20163,159,302
20173,157,451
20183,155,600
20193,154,152
20203,153,355
20213,153,255
20223,153,781
20233,154,463
20243,154,591
20253,155,318
20263,156,617
20273,158,206
20283,159,958
20293,161,747
20303,163,463
20313,165,047
20323,166,472
20333,167,671
20343,168,585
20353,169,158

Athens Population 2022

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
19501,347,4080.00%
19511,388,0453.02%40,637
19521,429,9673.02%41,922
19531,473,0343.01%43,067
19541,517,4603.02%44,426
19551,563,2263.02%45,766
19561,610,4383.02%47,212
19571,658,9403.01%48,502
19581,708,9733.02%50,033
19591,760,5153.02%51,542
19601,813,6863.02%53,171
19611,869,3113.07%55,625
19621,929,3493.21%60,038
19631,991,3163.21%61,967
19642,055,3623.22%64,046
19652,121,2843.21%65,922
19662,189,4163.21%68,132
19672,259,7353.21%70,319
19682,332,4153.22%72,680
19692,407,2233.21%74,808
19702,484,5383.21%77,315
19712,553,5032.78%68,965
19722,598,4821.76%44,979
19732,644,1261.76%45,644
19742,690,6361.76%46,510
19752,737,9651.76%47,329
19762,786,1921.76%48,227
19772,835,1341.76%48,942
19782,885,0041.76%49,870
19792,935,7511.76%50,747
19802,987,4631.76%51,712
19813,028,4151.37%40,952
19823,032,9690.15%4,554
19833,037,5300.15%4,561
19843,042,1040.15%4,574
19853,046,6720.15%4,568
19863,051,2530.15%4,581
19873,055,8410.15%4,588
19883,060,4430.15%4,602
19893,065,0380.15%4,595
19903,069,6470.15%4,609
19913,076,1960.21%6,549
19923,087,5130.37%11,317
19933,098,8410.37%11,328
19943,110,2260.37%11,385
19953,121,6520.37%11,426
19963,133,1370.37%11,485
19973,144,6310.37%11,494
19983,156,1840.37%11,553
19993,167,7800.37%11,596
20003,179,4340.37%11,654
20013,187,1970.24%7,763
20023,185,330-0.06%-1,867
20033,183,464-0.06%-1,866
20043,181,597-0.06%-1,867
20053,179,736-0.06%-1,861
20063,177,873-0.06%-1,863
20073,176,011-0.06%-1,862
20083,174,148-0.06%-1,863
20093,172,292-0.06%-1,856
20103,170,434-0.06%-1,858
20113,168,576-0.06%-1,858
20123,166,719-0.06%-1,857
20133,164,863-0.06%-1,856
20143,163,009-0.06%-1,854
20153,161,155-0.06%-1,854
20163,159,302-0.06%-1,853
20173,157,451-0.06%-1,851
20183,155,600-0.06%-1,851
20193,154,152-0.05%-1,448
20203,153,355-0.03%-797
20213,153,255-0.00%-100
20223,153,7810.02%526
20233,154,4630.02%682
20243,154,5910.00%128
20253,155,3180.02%727
20263,156,6170.04%1,299
20273,158,2060.05%1,589
20283,159,9580.06%1,752
20293,161,7470.06%1,789
20303,163,4630.05%1,716
20313,165,0470.05%1,584
20323,166,4720.05%1,425
20333,167,6710.04%1,199
20343,168,5850.03%914
20353,169,1580.02%573

Athens Population Data (Urban Area)

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  1. Hellenic Statistical Authority - Greek population and social conditions

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