Bratislava Population 2021

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Bratislava's 2021 population is now estimated at 437,120. In 1950, the population of Bratislava was 194,225. Bratislava has grown by 2,194 since 2015, which represents a 0.50% 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 Bratislava, which typically includes Bratislava's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Bratislava is the capital city of Slovakia. It is also the country’s largest city by population, although it is one of the smallest capitals in Europe. The estimated population is around 427,000.

City Size and Population Density

The city has an area of 142 square miles (376.6 square kilometers), while the urban area is 329 square miles and has a population that is nearing 600,000. The population density is 1,169 people per square kilometer.

Bratislava Demographics

Bratislava is known for being a multinational city, serving as a home to people born from all around Europe and coming from different religious backgrounds. The city has a long history of multinational influence and is one of the richest countries in the European Union.

Germans, Czechs, Austrians, and Croats are just a few of the groups that call this city home, and their influence can be seen throughout the city.

When breaking down the numbers from the 2001 census, it shows that the primary ethnic group residing in Bratislava are Slovak, followed by Hungarians, Czechs, Germans, Moravians, and Croats. Slovaks make up about 90% of the population of Bratislava.

In terms of the economy, this city is the most economically prosperous in the country. Over one-quarter of the Slovak GDP comes from Bratislava. The city has a low unemployment rate that was recorded as less than 2% in 2007. The city is the home for many headquarters of private companies, while government institutions also provide jobs for residents. This city is also one of the best places for remote freelance workers, as the taxes are low and its technology provides for fast internet service.

Bratislava History

The first permanent settlement in Bratislava is believed to date back to 5000 BC. The area was ruled by the Romans until the 4th century ahead of the arrivals of the Slavs during the 5th and 6th centuries. During the 10th century, the city – which at the time was known as Pressburg -- was a site of many attacks and battles, but it was also quite prosperous.

The 17th century saw many disasters and hardships, including plagues and floods. However, the city rebounded during the 18th century. The population grew at a staggering rate, and the city expanded with the addition of monasteries, palaces, and streets.

During the 19th century, industry developed at a fast pace. A horse-drawn railway was added to the city, steam locomotives were introduced, and industrial businesses and financial institutions were created, including the first bank in Slovakia.

The city adopted its current name in 1919. The city was named as the capital of the Slovak Republic in 1939 but just a few short years later was under Nazi rule. The government of the city began deporting many of the Jewish residents to concentration camps during this time.

Over the next few decades, the city saw much change, including becoming part of the Eastern Blochttps://www.encyclopedia.com/history/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/eastern-blocts. Communism fell during the 1980s. In the 1990s, the city was again named the capital of the Slovak Republic. In recent years, Bratislava has continued to grow. The city boasts many historical buildings and landmarks, city parks, hotels, shopping centers and markets, and a local culture that has been influenced by people from all over Europe.

Bratislava Population Growth

Bratislava has seen steady population growth throughout the decades, and its role as the capital city and is home to so many corporations show that this growth pattern is likely to continue. The city’s flourishing economy and its favorable conditions for entrepreneurs make it an ideal location for startup businesses. As these businesses make their way to the city and bring more jobs, it’s likely that Bratislava will continue to see its population climb into the future.

Bratislava Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
2035458,3280.40%1,831
2034456,4970.38%1,724
2033454,7730.36%1,627
2032453,1460.34%1,537
2031451,6090.32%1,453
2030450,1560.31%1,376
2029448,7800.29%1,308
2028447,4720.28%1,261
2027446,2110.28%1,249
2026444,9620.29%1,283
2025443,6790.31%1,373
2024442,3060.34%1,519
2023440,7870.39%1,717
2022439,0700.45%1,950
2021437,1200.50%2,194
2020434,9260.56%2,418
2019432,5080.60%2,588
2018429,9200.63%2,675
2017427,2450.63%2,658
2016424,5870.63%2,650
2015421,9370.63%2,630
2014419,3070.63%2,613
2013416,6940.63%2,593
2012414,1010.63%2,584
2011411,517-0.49%-2,023
2010413,540-0.63%-2,620
2009416,160-0.63%-2,634
2008418,794-0.63%-2,657
2007421,451-0.63%-2,670
2006424,121-0.40%-1,687
2005425,808-0.16%-696
2004426,504-0.16%-699
2003427,203-0.16%-699
2002427,902-0.16%-701
2001428,603-0.27%-1,174
2000429,777-0.29%-1,233
1999431,010-0.29%-1,234
1998432,244-0.29%-1,238
1997433,482-0.29%-1,240
1996434,722-0.29%-1,247
1995435,969-0.29%-1,249
1994437,218-0.29%-1,252
1993438,470-0.29%-1,254
1992439,724-0.29%-1,261
1991440,9850.88%3,839
1990437,1461.45%6,262
1989430,8841.45%6,164
1988424,7201.46%6,092
1987418,6281.45%5,997
1986412,6311.45%5,911
1985406,7201.45%5,818
1984400,9021.46%5,751
1983395,1511.45%5,660
1982389,4911.45%5,579
1981383,9121.96%7,395
1980376,5172.99%10,934
1979365,5832.99%10,602
1978354,9812.99%10,294
1977344,6872.98%9,982
1976334,7052.99%9,720
1975324,9852.99%9,424
1974315,5612.99%9,151
1973306,4102.98%8,874
1972297,5362.99%8,640
1971288,8962.43%6,853
1970282,0431.66%4,614
1969277,4291.66%4,532
1968272,8971.67%4,471
1967268,4261.66%4,391
1966264,0351.66%4,321
1965259,7141.66%4,242
1964255,4721.67%4,185
1963251,2871.66%4,111
1962247,1761.66%4,043
1961243,1331.93%4,614
1960238,5192.08%4,856
1959233,6632.08%4,751
1958228,9122.08%4,654
1957224,2582.07%4,553
1956219,7052.08%4,473
1955215,2322.07%4,375
1954210,8572.08%4,287
1953206,5702.07%4,194
1952202,3762.08%4,120
1951198,2562.08%4,031
1950194,2250.00%

Bratislava Population Data (Urban Area)

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

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