Bhopal Population 2021

2,446,882
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Bhopal's 2021 population is now estimated at 2,446,882. In 1950, the population of Bhopal was 100,258. Bhopal has grown by 57,335 since 2015, which represents a 2.40% 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 Bhopal, which typically includes Bhopal's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Bhopal is a city located in India. It is the capital of Madhya Pradesh and was at one time the capital of the Bhopal State. This city has a population of 1,798,218 people as of 2011. While that seems like a significant number, it is only the 17th most populous in the country.

Area Size and Population Density

Breaking this down further, the total area of the city is 110.38 square miles, which means Bhopal has a population density of around 10,070 residents per square mile. The metropolitan area is slightly larger, with a population of just over 1.9 million people.

Demographics of Bhopal

The City of Lakes” - as it is sometimes known - has a higher population of males than females, with over 936,000 male residents and just over 862,000 female residents.

These unbalanced numbers also apply to literacy. The overall literacy rate of the population exceeds 83%. Broken down by gender, the literacy rate of males is over 87%, while it falls just below 80% for females.

There are a large number of Hindus and Muslims living in Bhopal. These religious groups comprise over 95% of the total population.

Population Growth in Bhopal

The population growth rate in recent years has been in the double digits as more people move from nearby areas including Bihar and Uttar Pradesh for job opportunities. This steady rate of growth is expected to continue as more people move to a city known for being one of the greenest in the country.

Bhopal Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20353,348,1032.10%68,943
20343,279,1602.14%68,584
20333,210,5762.17%68,117
20323,142,4592.20%67,506
20313,074,9532.22%66,849
20303,008,1042.25%66,117
20292,941,9872.27%65,321
20282,876,6662.29%64,424
20272,812,2422.31%63,481
20262,748,7612.33%62,470
20252,686,2912.34%61,426
20242,624,8652.35%60,363
20232,564,5022.37%59,319
20222,505,1832.38%58,301
20212,446,8822.40%57,335
20202,389,5472.42%56,441
20192,333,1062.44%55,514
20182,277,5922.60%57,824
20172,219,7682.60%56,355
20162,163,4132.60%54,926
20152,108,4872.60%53,531
20142,054,9562.60%52,171
20132,002,7852.60%50,847
20121,951,9382.60%49,556
20111,902,3822.60%48,298
20101,854,0842.60%47,072
20091,807,0122.60%45,814
20081,761,1982.61%44,775
20071,716,4232.60%43,577
20061,672,8462.60%42,470
20051,630,3762.60%41,336
20041,589,0402.61%40,398
20031,548,6422.60%39,317
20021,509,3252.60%38,319
20011,471,0063.01%42,934
20001,428,0723.22%44,547
19991,383,5253.22%43,099
19981,340,4263.22%41,756
19971,298,6703.21%40,401
19961,258,2693.22%39,250
19951,219,0193.22%37,975
19941,181,0443.22%36,791
19931,144,2533.21%35,597
19921,108,6563.22%34,583
19911,074,0734.21%43,345
19901,030,7284.71%46,323
1989984,4054.70%44,183
1988940,2224.71%42,312
1987897,9104.71%40,355
1986857,5554.71%38,541
1985819,0144.70%36,759
1984782,2554.71%35,204
1983747,0514.71%33,574
1982713,4774.71%32,066
1981681,4115.40%34,929
1980646,4825.78%35,297
1979611,1855.77%33,325
1978577,8605.77%31,508
1977546,3525.76%29,750
1976516,6025.78%28,205
1975488,3975.77%26,630
1974461,7675.77%25,178
1973436,5895.76%23,773
1972412,8165.78%22,539
1971390,2775.61%20,744
1970369,5335.56%19,473
1969350,0605.55%18,421
1968331,6395.57%17,499
1967314,1405.56%16,554
1966297,5865.56%15,681
1965281,9055.55%14,835
1964267,0705.57%14,092
1963252,9785.56%13,331
1962239,6475.56%12,628
1961227,0197.23%15,312
1960211,7078.11%15,881
1959195,8268.10%14,671
1958181,1558.10%13,571
1957167,5848.09%12,538
1956155,0468.11%11,631
1955143,4158.10%10,744
1954132,6718.10%9,939
1953122,7328.09%9,183
1952113,5498.11%8,518
1951105,0314.76%4,773
1950100,2580.00%

Bhopal Population Data (Urban Area)

Name Population 2021 Growth
Delhi31,181,3762.94%
Mumbai20,667,6561.26%
Kolkata14,974,0730.84%
Bangalore12,764,9353.56%
Chennai11,235,0182.41%
Hyderabad10,268,6532.64%
Ahmedabad8,253,2262.40%
Surat7,489,7424.25%
Pune6,807,9842.69%
Jaipur4,007,5052.51%
Lucknow3,764,6192.40%
Kozhikode3,742,1985.25%
Malappuram3,608,9286.42%
Thrissur3,212,6044.71%
Kochi3,193,0293.60%
Kanpur3,153,4250.94%
Indore3,113,4453.21%
Nagpur2,940,4871.63%
Coimbatore2,860,4452.65%
Thiruvananthapuram2,690,7034.10%

Other Cities in India

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

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