Bogota Population 2021

11,167,392
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Bogota's 2021 population is now estimated at 11,167,392. In 1950, the population of Bogota was 630,315. Bogota has grown by 189,032 since 2015, which represents a 1.72% 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 Bogota, which typically includes Bogota's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Bogota, the most populous city in Colombia, is also the largest city in Colombia. This populous area is located in South America and has an estimated population between eight and eleven million people as of 2014. This number varies depending on whether you are referring to the Capital District or the entire Metro area. In addition to being the largest city in Colombia, it is one of the 30 largest cities in the world.

The city of Bogota, Colombia has an estimated 2018 population of around 8 million people in the Capital District and about 11 million people in the metro area. The 2005 census put the population density for the city at approximately 4,310 people per square kilometer. The rural area of the capital district only has about 15,810 inhabitants.

Districts in Bogota

Twenty districts form the neighborhoods of Bogota. Higher financial districts are located in the north and northeast, while lower economic neighborhoods are found in the south and southeast. The central, western and some northern districts are where the middle class resides. The center of the city is laid out in traditional Spanish style settlements that are centered on a square or plaza. As you get farther away from the center of the city, the neighborhoods become more modern.

Bogota Demographics

The majority of the population of Bogota is European or of European-mixed descent. The people of mixed descent are those of Mestizo origin. This means they are of European, mostly Spanish, and indigenous descent. There is a small minority of Afro-Colombian and Indigenous people as well.

Historically, Bogota’s main religion was Roman Catholic, and the city is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bogota. Currently, a large portion of the population has declared they are non-practicing.

There are 106 higher education institutions located in Bogota that also contribute inhabitants to the population.

An interesting side note about the population of Bogota is the number of residents that are victims of crime. Bogota was considered at one time to be one of the most dangerous cities in the world, with a murder rate of 81 people per 100,000. The number has dwindled to around 16 people per 100,000 in the last couple of years.

Bogota Population Growth

Bogota was originally a settlement of indigenous people. The original indigenous people migrated to the area from Mesoamerica. The Spanish colonized it in 1553, and the population multiplied to 18,161 inhabitants in the 1789 census. The population of Bogota has proliferated since the 1800s.

Since 1800, the city has grown from around twenty-two thousand people to eight million. Part of this growth in population was due to the Catholic Church creating the diocese in Bogota. Another big factor in the growth of the city was immigration from the eastern highlands. Many displaced people have settled in Bogota. Growth was very high between 1800 and 2000 -maintaining growth rates of at least 9% with peak rates reaching nearly 200% over the years. After two hundred years - it started to slow. The city is still growing, though at a rate of between 2 and 9% per year.

Bogota Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
203512,753,3240.58%74,122
203412,679,2020.62%77,975
203312,601,2270.65%81,877
203212,519,3500.69%85,875
203112,433,4750.73%90,111
203012,343,3640.78%95,395
202912,247,9690.83%101,270
202812,146,6990.90%108,171
202712,038,5280.98%116,440
202611,922,0881.07%126,259
202511,795,8291.18%137,618
202411,658,2111.31%150,251
202311,507,9601.44%163,648
202211,344,3121.58%176,920
202111,167,3921.72%189,032
202010,978,3601.85%198,984
201910,779,3761.94%204,967
201810,574,4092.89%296,891
201710,277,5182.89%288,555
20169,988,9632.90%281,217
20159,707,7462.89%272,929
20149,434,8172.89%265,256
20139,169,5612.89%257,449
20128,912,1122.90%250,900
20118,661,2122.89%243,507
20108,417,7052.89%236,660
20098,181,0452.89%229,694
20087,951,3512.90%223,853
20077,727,4982.89%217,255
20067,510,2432.89%211,148
20057,299,0952.89%204,932
20047,094,1632.90%199,720
20036,894,4432.89%193,835
20026,700,6082.89%188,384
20016,512,2242.89%182,840
20006,329,3842.90%178,190
19996,151,1942.89%172,938
19985,978,2562.89%168,076
19975,810,1802.89%163,129
19965,647,0512.90%158,980
19955,488,0712.89%154,295
19945,333,7762.93%151,858
19935,181,9183.01%151,340
19925,030,5783.02%147,319
19914,883,2593.01%142,811
19904,740,4483.01%138,635
19894,601,8133.01%134,398
19884,467,4153.02%130,827
19874,336,5883.01%126,824
19864,209,7643.01%122,989
19854,086,7753.00%118,933
19843,967,8423.01%115,786
19833,852,0563.00%112,255
19823,739,8013.00%108,983
19813,630,8183.00%105,664
19803,525,1543.01%102,868
19793,422,2863.00%99,731
19783,322,5553.00%96,824
19773,225,7313.00%93,875
19763,131,8563.01%91,391
19753,040,4653.00%88,604
19742,951,8613.94%111,942
19732,839,9196.01%160,919
19722,679,0006.02%152,207
19712,526,7936.02%143,368
19702,383,4256.02%135,233
19692,248,1926.01%127,389
19682,120,8036.02%120,493
19672,000,3106.02%113,496
19661,886,8146.02%107,056
19651,779,7586.05%101,587
19641,678,1717.25%113,509
19631,564,6627.24%105,692
19621,458,9707.24%98,552
19611,360,4187.23%91,773
19601,268,6457.25%85,810
19591,182,8357.24%79,899
19581,102,9367.24%74,502
19571,028,4347.23%69,378
1956959,0567.25%64,869
1955894,1877.24%60,402
1954833,7857.24%56,321
1953777,4647.23%52,448
1952725,0167.25%49,039
1951675,9777.24%45,662
1950630,3150.00%

Bogota Population Data (Urban Area)

Name 2021 Population 2021 Growth
Bogota11,167,3921.72%
Medellin4,033,7830.84%
Cali2,809,5080.99%
Barranquilla2,299,1861.16%
Bucaramanga1,348,8821.31%
Cartagena1,070,6920.76%
Cucuta943,4891.08%
Ibague590,6860.77%
Pereira580,2250.10%
Villavicencio553,4511.72%
Valledupar547,7902.69%
Santa Marta533,7921.23%
Buenaventura459,9841.88%
Manizales450,0510.45%
Monteria433,3841.62%
Armenia413,6960.87%
Pasto391,2020.70%
Neiva359,2140.56%

Other Cities in Colombia

  1. Council of Bogota - Information on the city of Bogota
  2. World Urbanization Prospects - United Nations population estimates and projections of major Urban Agglomerations

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