Curitiba Population 2021

3,726,050
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Curitiba's 2021 population is now estimated at 3,726,050. In 1950, the population of Curitiba was 157,548. Curitiba has grown by 47,318 since 2015, which represents a 1.29% 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 Curitiba, which typically includes Curitiba's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

As the largest city, and capital city, of the Brazilian state of Paraná, Curitiba is the 8th most populous city in all of Brazil and the largest in Brazil’s South Region. The Metropolitan area of Curitiba comprises 26 municipalities, with a combined population reaching over 3.2 million as the seventh most populous metropolitan area in Brazil. Curitiba has an estimated 2019 population of 1.9 million.

Demographics

According to the 2010 census, the racial and ethnic composition of Curitiba’s 1.9 million people breaks down as the following:

  • White: 78.9% White
  • Pardo (multiracial): 16.0% Pardo
  • Afro Brazillian: 2.9%
  • Asian: 1.4% Asian
  • Amerindian: 0.2%

As with the rest of Southern Brazil, the population of Curitiba is made up of descendants of European settlers, mainly of Portuguese and Spanish heritage.

Curitiba has a large Jewish community that was first established in the 1879s. With the rise of Nazi Germany in the 1930s, many notable German Jewish academics moved to Brazil, with many settling in Curitiba.

1915 saw the arrival of Japanese immigrants, with an even greater influx arriving in 1924. Curitiba has come to be home to the second largest Japanese community in all of Brazil, behind only São Paulo. It is estimated that there are more than 40,000 Japanese Brazilians living in Curitiba.

History

Around the end of the 17th century, agriculture was not yet a large industry in the region and used for subsistence. The primary economy of the region was mineral extraction. A huge influx of European immigrants arrived in the second half of the 19th century, consisting mainly of Germans (although mainly from Russia), Poles, Ukrainians and Italians.

Curitiba popped up around this time as an important trading post between the Rio Grande do Sul and São Paulo state, a route upon which cattlemen would be driving their herds, until the Paranaguá Curitiba railroad was finished in 1885.

Around the start of the 20th century, the wealth coming from the yeba mate mills benefited Curitiba greatly as mill owners built large homes in the capital. Many of these homes have been preserved in the Batel and Alto da Glória districts of Curitiba.

Post Second World War in the 1940s, French architect Alfred Agache was brought on to create the first city plan for Curitiba. He created a plan with a "star" of boulevards, downtown public amenities, and an industrial area. While the city tried to follow this plan, it soon proved too expensive.

Population Growth

The largest expansion to the population of Curitiba occurred after the 1960s, when innovative urban planning allowed the population to grow to more than a million people from some hundreds of thousands.

Prior to this, Curitiba was seeing steady rise year on year, more than doubling it’s population in the years between 1950 and 1960 from 138,000 to 361,000. The following decades saw this trend continue, reaching 609,000 in 1970 and 843,000 in 1980. Come 1990, the city had made it well past a million, with an estimated 1.3 million by 1991.

Today, Curitiba is known as the world's greenest and most innovative city (https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/may/06/story-of-cities-37-mayor-jaime-lerner-curitiba-brazil-green-capital-global-icon) thanks to its sustainable urban planning over the last few decades. The city has more than 50 square metres of green space for every person despite its large and growing population.

Curitiba Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
20354,153,0330.49%20,235
20344,132,7980.52%21,417
20334,111,3810.55%22,623
20324,088,7580.59%23,854
20314,064,9040.62%25,164
20304,039,7400.66%26,569
20294,013,1710.71%28,123
20283,985,0480.76%29,873
20273,955,1750.81%31,883
20263,923,2920.88%34,157
20253,889,1350.95%36,676
20243,852,4591.03%39,377
20233,813,0821.12%42,163
20223,770,9191.20%44,869
20213,726,0501.29%47,318
20203,678,7321.36%49,324
20193,629,4081.41%50,335
20183,579,0731.73%60,888
20173,518,1851.73%59,852
20163,458,3331.74%58,995
20153,399,3381.73%57,910
20143,341,4281.73%56,923
20133,284,5051.73%55,877
20123,228,6281.74%55,076
20113,173,5521.78%55,415
20103,118,1372.25%68,710
20093,049,4272.25%67,105
20082,982,3222.26%65,807
20072,916,5152.25%64,267
20062,852,2482.25%62,851
20052,789,3972.25%61,383
20042,728,0142.26%60,196
20032,667,8182.25%58,787
20022,609,0312.25%57,492
20012,551,5392.32%57,933
20002,493,6063.13%75,564
19992,418,0423.12%73,176
19982,344,8663.12%70,960
19972,273,9063.12%68,721
19962,205,1853.13%66,824
19952,138,3613.12%64,712
19942,073,6493.12%62,753
19932,010,8963.12%60,771
19921,950,1253.16%59,760
19911,890,3653.33%60,995
19901,829,3703.33%59,027
19891,770,3433.33%57,045
19881,713,2983.34%55,357
19871,657,9413.33%53,495
19861,604,4463.33%51,770
19851,552,6763.33%50,031
19841,502,6453.34%48,550
19831,454,0953.33%46,918
19821,407,1773.33%45,405
19811,361,7723.99%52,212
19801,309,5607.29%88,946
19791,220,6147.28%82,795
19781,137,8197.28%77,179
19771,060,6407.27%71,848
1976988,7927.29%67,159
1975921,6337.28%62,515
1974859,1187.28%58,274
1973800,8447.27%54,250
1972746,5947.29%50,709
1971695,8856.97%45,362
1970650,5235.50%33,927
1969616,5965.49%32,114
1968584,4825.51%30,524
1967553,9585.50%28,890
1966525,0685.50%27,385
1965497,6835.49%25,921
1964471,7625.51%24,637
1963447,1255.50%23,319
1962423,8065.50%22,103
1961401,7036.11%23,115
1960378,5889.17%31,816
1959346,7729.16%29,103
1958317,6699.16%26,662
1957291,0079.15%24,391
1956266,6169.17%22,406
1955244,2109.16%20,496
1954223,7149.16%18,776
1953204,9389.15%17,177
1952187,7619.17%15,779
1951171,9829.16%14,434
1950157,5480.00%

Curitiba Population Data (Urban Area)

Name 2021 Population 2021 Growth
Sao Paulo22,237,4720.88%
Rio De Janeiro13,544,4620.64%
Belo Horizonte6,139,7740.91%
Brasilia4,727,9021.77%
Recife4,174,7741.16%
Porto Alegre4,160,6820.56%
Fortaleza4,119,6331.13%
Salvador3,880,3141.07%
Curitiba3,726,0501.29%
Campinas3,343,8161.30%
Goiania2,747,8872.15%
Belem2,360,4741.11%
Manaus2,302,3741.84%
Grande Vitoria2,109,8691.64%
Baixada Santista1,911,3381.01%
Grande Sao Luis1,498,4750.86%
Natal1,485,3631.96%
Joao Pessoa1,393,3451.10%
Maceio1,336,9991.06%
Joinville1,319,0421.22%

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

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