Delhi Population 2022

32,065,760
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Delhi, or the National Capital Territory (NCT) of India, is a large metropolitan area in India. Delhi is the fifth most populous city in the world and the largest city in India area-wise. Delhi has an estimated 2016 population of 18.6 million.

The NCT and its urban area are granted the special status of National Capital Region, and this NCR includes neighboring cities of Baghpat, Alwar, Sonepat, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Greater Noida, Noida, and nearby towns. The NCR has an estimated population of 24 million, exceeding the Delhi population of 17.8 million in 2014.

Delhi has a rapidly growing population, which was near 16.7 million in 2011.

City Size and Population Density

Delhi covers a large area, totaling around 1,484 square kilometers. The city has a population density of 29,259.12 people per square mile, which is one of the highest in the world.

Delhi Demographics

The largest ethnic group is Indo-Aryan (72%), followed by Dravidian (25%), then Mongoloid and other groups (3%), as of 2000. Delhi has a skewed female-to-male ratio, with 866 women for every 1,000 men. The city has a literacy rate of 86% (91% for men and 81% for women). Hindi is the most commonly spoken language (81%), followed by Punjabi (7%) and Urdu (6%). Nearly 82% of the population practices Hinduism, while 12.86% practices Islam. Christianity accounts for 0.87% of the population, while Buddhism accounts for just 0.11%.

Delhi History

Delhi has been continuously inhabited since at least the 6th century, and it has been the capital of many empires and kingdoms over its history. It has also been captured, destroyed and rebuilt numerous times. It was the site of Indraprastha, the mythical capital of the Pandavas, and it became a major trade route between the Gangetic plain and northwest India during the time of the Delhi sultans. In 1639, the walled city of Shahjahanabad was built in Delhi to serve as the capital of the Mughal Empire until 1857. Today, Shahjahanabad is in Old Delhi.

In 1911, the British decided to change the capital of India to Delhi from Calcutta, and New Delhi was built in 1912 south of the old city. Today, New Delhi is part of the larger city of Delhi, and New Delhi is the capital of India.

Delhi Population Growth

Delhi is one of the fastest growing cities in the world, reaching over 18 million this year from just 400,000 in 1901. In 2001 alone, its population increased by 215,000 due to natural growth and 285,000 through migration. By 2020, Delhi is expected to be the third largest conurbation after Tokyo and Mumbai.

Delhi struggles with its rapid growth and is facing substantial pressure to improve commercial and residential infrastructure.

Year Population
19501,369,369
19511,461,147
19521,535,515
19531,613,448
19541,695,452
19551,781,624
19561,872,304
19571,967,330
19582,067,321
19592,172,393
19602,282,962
19612,393,710
19622,499,343
19632,609,637
19642,724,961
19652,845,042
19662,970,591
19673,101,681
19683,238,749
19693,381,471
19703,530,693
19713,689,189
19723,863,519
19734,045,574
19744,236,475
19754,436,385
19764,646,024
19774,864,951
19785,094,517
19795,334,916
19805,587,014
19815,862,353
19826,176,961
19836,508,452
19846,858,226
19857,225,758
19867,613,533
19878,022,119
19888,453,240
19898,906,248
19909,384,209
19919,884,712
199210,406,210
199310,953,673
199411,530,752
199512,138,233
199612,778,623
199713,450,896
199814,159,537
199914,905,513
200015,691,899
200116,413,660
200216,955,638
200317,515,512
200418,094,682
200518,691,330
200619,308,516
200719,946,082
200820,605,620
200921,285,064
201021,987,896
201122,713,934
201223,463,948
201324,238,724
201425,039,086
201525,865,876
201626,719,964
201727,602,256
201828,513,682
201929,399,140
202030,290,936
202131,181,376
202232,065,760
202332,941,308
202433,807,404
202534,665,568
202635,518,420
202736,369,312
202837,221,280
202938,077,240
203038,938,696
203139,806,852
203240,682,016
203341,564,360
203442,452,448
203543,345,060

Delhi Population 2022

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
19501,369,3690.00%
19511,461,1476.70%91,778
19521,535,5155.09%74,368
19531,613,4485.08%77,933
19541,695,4525.08%82,004
19551,781,6245.08%86,172
19561,872,3045.09%90,680
19571,967,3305.08%95,026
19582,067,3215.08%99,991
19592,172,3935.08%105,072
19602,282,9625.09%110,569
19612,393,7104.85%110,748
19622,499,3434.41%105,633
19632,609,6374.41%110,294
19642,724,9614.42%115,324
19652,845,0424.41%120,081
19662,970,5914.41%125,549
19673,101,6814.41%131,090
19683,238,7494.42%137,068
19693,381,4714.41%142,722
19703,530,6934.41%149,222
19713,689,1894.49%158,496
19723,863,5194.73%174,330
19734,045,5744.71%182,055
19744,236,4754.72%190,901
19754,436,3854.72%199,910
19764,646,0244.73%209,639
19774,864,9514.71%218,927
19785,094,5174.72%229,566
19795,334,9164.72%240,399
19805,587,0144.73%252,098
19815,862,3534.93%275,339
19826,176,9615.37%314,608
19836,508,4525.37%331,491
19846,858,2265.37%349,774
19857,225,7585.36%367,532
19867,613,5335.37%387,775
19878,022,1195.37%408,586
19888,453,2405.37%431,121
19898,906,2485.36%453,008
19909,384,2095.37%477,961
19919,884,7125.33%500,503
199210,406,2105.28%521,498
199310,953,6735.26%547,463
199411,530,7525.27%577,079
199512,138,2335.27%607,481
199612,778,6235.28%640,390
199713,450,8965.26%672,273
199814,159,5375.27%708,641
199914,905,5135.27%745,976
200015,691,8995.28%786,386
200116,413,6604.60%721,761
200216,955,6383.30%541,978
200317,515,5123.30%559,874
200418,094,6823.31%579,170
200518,691,3303.30%596,648
200619,308,5163.30%617,186
200719,946,0823.30%637,566
200820,605,6203.31%659,538
200921,285,0643.30%679,444
201021,987,8963.30%702,832
201122,713,9343.30%726,038
201223,463,9483.30%750,014
201324,238,7243.30%774,776
201425,039,0863.30%800,362
201525,865,8763.30%826,790
201626,719,9643.30%854,088
201727,602,2563.30%882,292
201828,513,6823.30%911,426
201929,399,1403.11%885,458
202030,290,9363.03%891,796
202131,181,3762.94%890,440
202232,065,7602.84%884,384
202332,941,3082.73%875,548
202433,807,4042.63%866,096
202534,665,5682.54%858,164
202635,518,4202.46%852,852
202736,369,3122.40%850,892
202837,221,2802.34%851,968
202938,077,2402.30%855,960
203038,938,6962.26%861,456
203139,806,8522.23%868,156
203240,682,0162.20%875,164
203341,564,3602.17%882,344
203442,452,4482.14%888,088
203543,345,0602.10%892,612

Delhi Population Data (Urban Area)

Name 2022 Population 2022 Growth
Delhi32,065,7602.84%
Mumbai20,961,4721.42%
Kolkata15,133,8881.07%
Bangalore13,193,0353.35%
Chennai11,503,2932.39%
Hyderabad10,534,4182.59%
Ahmedabad8,450,2282.39%
Surat7,784,2763.93%
Pune6,987,0772.63%
Jaipur4,106,7562.48%
Kozhikode3,920,8734.77%
Lucknow3,854,2242.38%
Malappuram3,816,3455.75%
Thrissur3,351,3224.32%
Kochi3,301,2943.39%
Indore3,208,7223.06%
Kanpur3,189,9261.16%
Nagpur2,991,4271.73%
Coimbatore2,934,6212.59%
Thiruvananthapuram2,793,1733.81%

Other Cities in India

  1. India Census 2011 - Population census 2011 conducted by the Census Organization of India
  2. India Census 2011 - Delhi - Delhi population census data 2011

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