Cali Population 2021

2,809,508
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Cali's 2021 population is now estimated at 2,809,508. In 1950, the population of Cali was 230,935. Cali has grown by 27,528 since 2015, which represents a 0.99% 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 Cali, which typically includes Cali's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Santiago de Cali, or just Cali as it is typically known, is located in the country of Colombia. It is the most populated city in the southwestern region of Colombia, boasting a population of over 2.3 million, making Cali the third most populous in the country.

City Size and Population Density

The city spans 560.3 square kilometers, which when calculated with the estimated population makes the population density approximately 10,000 people per square mile.

Demographics

Colombia officially acknowledges three ethnic minority groups: the Afro-Colombian, indigenous, and Romani populations.

Spanish, Amerindian, Creole, and Romani languages are all in use in Columbia with Spanish being the primary language.

In terms of religion, Catholicism and Protestants are at a combined total of 87% of the population. Atheists come in at 11%, and no religion comes in around 2%.

Population Growth

Because Cali is landlocked, it did not initially grow as quickly as other cities in Colombia. However, beginning in the 1950s, the city started seeing significant growth which continued throughout the years until it reached its current spot as the third most populous in Colombia, falling only behind Medellin and Bogota. The city has a long history dating back to its founding during the 1500s. It is known as a center for sports, and it has one of the fastest-growing economies in Colombia. For these reasons, the population of this thriving city is only expected to continue to grow.

The population in 1810 was approximately 6,385, near the time that the city had declared independence from Spanish rule. By 1938 the population of Cali had grown to 88,366. In 1951 that population had jumped up again to over 284,000. By 1973 the population was over 800,000 and again increased by 1985 to over 1.36 million. In 2005, the population had reached over 2 million residents, and it continues to grow.

Cali Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
20353,139,6710.58%18,241
20343,121,4300.62%19,178
20333,102,2520.65%20,104
20323,082,1480.69%21,011
20313,061,1370.72%21,891
20303,039,2460.76%22,879
20293,016,3670.79%23,778
20282,992,5890.83%24,591
20272,967,9980.86%25,307
20262,942,6910.89%25,899
20252,916,7920.91%26,359
20242,890,4330.93%26,703
20232,863,7300.95%26,983
20222,836,7470.97%27,239
20212,809,5080.99%27,528
20202,781,9801.01%27,902
20192,754,0781.03%28,147
20182,725,9311.94%51,788
20172,674,1431.94%50,804
20162,623,3391.94%49,974
20152,573,3651.94%48,956
20142,524,4091.94%48,025
20132,476,3841.94%47,046
20122,429,3381.94%46,279
20112,383,0591.94%45,335
20102,337,7241.94%44,473
20092,293,2511.94%43,567
20082,249,6841.94%42,857
20072,206,8271.94%41,983
20062,164,8441.94%41,184
20052,123,6601.94%40,345
20042,083,3151.94%39,687
20032,043,6281.94%38,878
20022,004,7501.94%38,139
20011,966,6111.94%37,361
20001,929,2501.94%36,752
19991,892,4981.94%36,003
19981,856,4951.94%35,318
19971,821,1771.94%34,599
19961,786,5781.94%34,034
19951,752,5441.94%33,341
19941,719,2032.19%36,782
19931,682,4212.72%44,571
19921,637,8502.73%43,508
19911,594,3422.73%42,296
19901,552,0462.73%41,173
19891,510,8732.72%40,027
19881,470,8462.73%39,072
19871,431,7742.73%37,983
19861,393,7912.70%36,606
19851,357,1852.63%34,721
19841,322,4642.63%33,925
19831,288,5392.63%33,010
19821,255,5292.63%32,164
19811,223,3652.63%31,298
19801,192,0672.63%30,580
19791,161,4872.63%29,755
19781,131,7322.63%28,993
19771,102,7392.63%28,211
19761,074,5282.63%27,565
19751,046,9632.63%26,821
19741,020,1423.39%33,466
1973986,6765.06%47,542
1972939,1345.08%45,373
1971893,7615.07%43,123
1970850,6385.07%41,042
1969809,5965.06%39,010
1968770,5865.08%37,230
1967733,3565.07%35,383
1966697,9735.07%33,677
1965664,2965.15%32,550
1964631,7467.46%43,872
1963587,8747.45%40,771
1962547,1037.45%37,943
1961509,1607.44%35,265
1960473,8957.46%32,909
1959440,9867.45%30,584
1958410,4027.45%28,463
1957381,9397.44%26,453
1956355,4867.46%24,687
1955330,7997.45%22,942
1954307,8577.45%21,351
1953286,5067.44%19,843
1952266,6637.46%18,519
1951248,1447.45%17,209
1950230,9350.00%

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

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