Cancun Population 2021

971,798
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Cancun's 2021 population is now estimated at 971,798. In 1950, the population of Cancun was 5. Cancun has grown by 27,876 since 2015, which represents a 2.95% 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 Cancun, which typically includes Cancun's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Cancun is a city in Mexico that is located along the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. The city is located along the Caribbean Sea, and it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. The last official population count was 628,306 even though it was only founded in 1970. The population as of 2017 is estimated to be around 725,000.

City Size and Population Density

The city’s total area is quite large at 1,978.75 square kilometers (764 square miles). This area, in combination with the size of the total population, gives us a population density of approximately 380 people living per square kilometer.

Demographics of Cancun Population

Over 92% of the city’s residents speak Spanish, while a small percentage use regional dialects. English is also commonly spoken since there are so many American tourists who travel to Cancun.

Eighty-nine percent of residents are Catholic, while the remaining residents are Protestant or follow another religion.

The 1921 census was the last time the Mexican government conducted a tally that included a comprehensive racial classification.

Population Growth in Cancun

The city of Cancun has seen extensive growth throughout the years. In 1990, the population exceeded 160,000. Just five years later, this jumped by over 77% as the city had almost 300,000 residents. In 2000, the population grew significantly again as the city grew closer to the 400,000-resident milestone. In 2005, the city had a population of over half a million. Between 2005 and 2010, the population growth slowed a bit but still rose by nearly 20%. Based on the city’s history of population growth and its thriving tourism industry, it is safe to assume that Cancun will continue to attract new residents well into the future.

Cancun Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20351,206,7800.99%11,872
20341,194,9081.03%12,165
20331,182,7431.07%12,472
20321,170,2711.11%12,805
20311,157,4661.15%13,203
20301,144,2631.21%13,704
20291,130,5591.29%14,373
20281,116,1861.39%15,279
20271,100,9071.56%16,956
20261,083,9511.74%18,556
20251,065,3951.95%20,390
20241,045,0052.19%22,401
20231,022,6042.45%24,458
2022998,1462.71%26,348
2021971,7982.95%27,876
2020943,9223.15%28,864
2019915,0583.30%29,209
2018885,8493.37%28,882
2017856,9673.37%27,940
2016829,0273.38%27,103
2015801,9243.37%26,181
2014775,7433.38%25,327
2013750,4163.37%24,466
2012725,9503.38%23,733
2011702,2173.37%22,926
2010679,2914.39%28,588
2009650,7034.48%27,914
2008622,7894.49%26,788
2007596,0014.49%25,602
2006570,3994.49%24,502
2005545,8974.48%23,418
2004522,4794.49%22,474
2003500,0054.49%21,479
2002478,5264.49%20,555
2001457,9714.48%19,646
2000438,3257.14%29,210
1999409,1158.76%32,942
1998376,1738.76%30,289
1997345,8848.74%27,814
1996318,0708.77%25,644
1995292,4268.76%23,546
1994268,8808.76%21,650
1993247,2308.74%19,881
1992227,3498.77%18,330
1991209,0198.76%16,830
1990192,18916.08%26,624
1989165,56519.32%26,806
1988138,75919.38%22,523
1987116,23619.35%18,843
198697,39319.35%15,788
198581,60519.32%13,212
198468,39319.38%11,101
198357,29219.35%9,288
198248,00419.35%7,782
198140,22219.32%6,512
198033,71070.49%13,938
197919,77275.27%8,491
197811,28175.25%4,844
19776,43775.16%2,762
19763,67575.42%1,580
19752,09575.17%899
19741,19675.37%514
197368274.87%292
197239075.68%168
197122274.80%95
197012739.56%36
19699116.67%13
19687816.42%11
19676717.54%10
19665716.33%8
19654916.67%7
19644216.67%6
19633620.00%6
19623015.38%4
19612618.18%4
19602215.79%3
19591911.76%2
19581721.43%3
19571416.67%2
1956129.09%1
19551122.22%2
1954912.50%1
1953814.29%1
1952716.67%1
1951620.00%1
195050.00%

Cancun Population Data (Urban Area)

Name Population 2021 Growth
Mexico City21,918,9360.63%
Guadalajara5,259,2961.54%
Monterrey4,955,5061.67%
Puebla3,244,7101.56%
Toluca De Lerdo2,522,4072.24%
Tijuana2,181,1041.90%
Leon De Los Aldamas1,848,9321.31%
La Laguna1,674,2583.68%
Ciudad Juarez1,539,7581.35%
Queretaro1,364,4461.89%
San Luis Potosi1,235,4261.55%
Merida1,181,3871.71%
Mexicali1,140,2981.73%
Aguascalientes1,124,9091.67%
Cuernavaca1,091,1731.50%
Chihuahua1,075,8612.00%
Tampico1,016,5141.52%
Saltillo1,000,7501.72%
Acapulco De Juarez992,2051.31%
Cancun971,7982.95%

Urban Areas in Mexico

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

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