Cologne Population 2020

1,118,789
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Cologne's 2020 population is now estimated at 1,118,789. In 1950, the population of Cologne was 597,725. Cologne has grown by 11,058 since 2015, which represents a 1.00% 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 Cologne, which typically includes Cologne's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Cologne is a city that is located in Germany. It is located in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and is the largest city within that state. When compared to other city’s in Germany, Cologne is the fourth most populous. Recent estimates put the city’s population at 1,075,935 residents.

City Size and Population Density

The city has a total area of over 156 square miles (405 square kilometers), which puts Cologne’s density at 6,800 people per square mile (2,700 per square kilometer). Cologne is also part of the Rhine-Ruhr metro region, which is the largest in the entire country and one of the most populous in Europe with a population of over 3.5 million people.

Population Demographics of Cologne

Breaking down the population shows that women outnumber men in Cologne, although not by a significant amount. For every 1,000 males, there are 1,046 females within this city.

The language here is a German dialect called Colognian or Kölsch.

In terms of religion 35.5% of the population belonged to the Roman Catholic Church, the largest religious body, and 15.5% to the Evangelical Church.

Over 36% of Cologne’s total population is made up of migrants. There are over 81,000 people from Turkey, over 25,000 from Italy, and over 18,000 from Poland. There are also populations of people from Greece, Servia, Bulgaria, Iraq, Syria, Russia, and other countries.

Population Growth

Throughout its history, Cologne has primarily seen growth in its population. As early as 1430 the population had already reached a substantial number with a total of 40,000 residents. In 1840, the population had grown to over 75,000 residents. A short forty years later and the population had doubled to over 144,000 living in the city of Cologne.

There were, however, periods of decline between the 1930s and 1940s and again between the 1940s and 1950s. There was also a drop in population during the late 1970s through 1990. However, in recent years, the city has seen steady growth, with the 2016 population growing at a rate of 1.9% when compared to the previous year. Based on the steady increases since 2000, the population is expected to continue to grow as this city continues to draw in residents from all around the world.

Cologne Population 2020

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20351,177,4370.19%2,198
20341,175,2390.18%2,158
20331,173,0810.18%2,127
20321,170,9540.18%2,107
20311,168,8470.18%2,121
20301,166,7260.19%2,209
20291,164,5170.20%2,360
20281,162,1570.22%2,568
20271,159,5890.25%2,901
20261,156,6880.30%3,457
20251,153,2310.37%4,217
20241,149,0140.46%5,299
20231,143,7150.59%6,723
20221,136,9920.74%8,340
20211,128,6520.88%9,863
20201,118,7891.00%11,058
20191,107,7311.06%11,579
20181,096,1521.33%14,389
20171,081,7631.33%14,199
20161,067,5641.33%14,013
20151,053,5511.14%11,892
20141,041,6590.96%9,888
20131,031,7710.96%9,780
20121,021,9910.76%7,719
20111,014,2720.56%5,696
20101,008,5760.56%5,663
20091,002,9130.56%5,624
2008997,2890.57%5,608
2007991,6810.56%5,569
2006986,1120.99%9,627
2005976,4850.89%8,655
2004967,8300.05%531
2003967,299-0.10%-989
2002968,2880.30%2,886
2001965,4020.28%2,707
2000962,6950.02%151
1999962,544-0.09%-903
1998963,447-0.09%-882
1997964,329-0.07%-692
1996965,0210.03%267
1995964,7540.16%1,589
1994963,1650.17%1,594
1993961,5710.30%2,913
1992958,6580.37%3,543
1991955,1150.55%5,216
1990949,8990.85%8,040
1989941,8591.50%13,945
1988927,914-0.04%-341
1987928,2551.42%13,008
1986915,247-0.43%-3,976
1985919,223-1.31%-12,206
1984931,429-2.08%-19,761
1983951,190-1.59%-15,401
1982966,591-0.77%-7,461
1981974,0520.39%3,828
1980970,2241.34%12,831
1979957,3931.34%12,643
1978944,7501.34%12,476
1977932,2741.34%12,295
1976919,9791.34%12,165
1975907,8141.34%11,989
1974895,8251.34%11,830
1973883,9951.34%11,658
1972872,3371.34%11,535
1971860,8021.34%11,368
1970849,4340.60%5,106
1969844,3280.53%4,423
1968839,9050.53%4,412
1967835,4930.53%4,383
1966831,1100.53%4,360
1965826,7500.53%4,331
1964822,4190.53%4,320
1963818,0990.53%4,291
1962813,8080.53%4,269
1961809,5392.74%21,590
1960787,9492.91%22,304
1959765,6452.91%21,642
1958744,0032.91%21,031
1957722,9722.90%20,409
1956702,5632.91%19,886
1955682,6772.91%19,298
1954663,3792.91%18,752
1953644,6272.90%18,197
1952626,4302.91%17,731
1951608,6991.84%10,974
1950597,7250.00%

Cologne Population Data (Urban Area)

Name Population 2020 Growth
Berlin3,562,0380.15%
Hamburg1,789,954-0.07%
Munich1,538,3021.11%
Cologne1,118,7891.00%
Frankfurt777,1561.11%
Stuttgart632,6920.20%
Duesseldorf631,9420.55%
Leipzig591,0520.99%
Dortmund589,6000.02%
Essen582,128-0.11%
Dresden575,4761.06%
Bremen565,3540.19%
Hannover536,9760.09%
Duisburg515,0760.87%
Nurenberg511,941-0.02%
Bochum375,9920.53%
Wuppertal349,306-0.14%
Bielefeld334,489-0.01%
Mannheim331,6701.57%
Westfalen329,9131.18%

Other Cities in Germany

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

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