Dresden Population 2021

580,877
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Dresden's 2021 population is now estimated at 580,877. In 1950, the population of Dresden was 494,200. Dresden has grown by 5,401 since 2015, which represents a 0.94% 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 Dresden, which typically includes Dresden's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Dresden is a city that is located in Germany. More specifically, it is the capital of the Free State of Saxony. It is also the second-largest by population, which was last recorded as 543,825.

City Size and Population Density

The city has a total area of 127 square miles (328 square kilometers) and a population density of 4,300 residents per square mile (1,700 per square kilometer). It is part of a larger urban area with over 780,000 residents. The metropolitan region has a population exceeding 1.1 million.

Tourism Culture and Education

This city is known for being a center of culture, education, and politics not just in Germany but throughout all of Europe as well. It is home to a large student population who attend the Dresden University of Technology – one of the largest institutions in the country. It is also one of the most popular tourist destinations and has 4.3 million overnight visits annually.

Demographics of Dresden

Dresden has thousands of foreign-born residents. The most significant groups include Russians, Chinese, Syrians, and Vietnamese. There are also residents that initially came from Poland, Italy, India, and other areas. About 91% of the total population is of German ancestry.

There is a slightly higher concentration of females, who make up just over 51% of the population.

In terms of religion among the population of Dresden, 45 percent are Protestant, 37 percent Catholic, 18 percent Muslim and other faiths.

The mean age of the Dresden population is 43 years old.

Population Growth

Dresden has always had a sizable population and was one of the first German cities to have over 100,000 residents. However, through the years it has seen its share of ups and downs. This includes a drop in population during World War II when parts of the city were destroyed. The population bounced back to over half a million following the war through the 1980s. Today, the city is one of the fastest growing in the country because of its re-urbanization and stable economy.

Dresden Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
2035607,0090.19%1,133
2034605,8760.18%1,114
2033604,7620.18%1,097
2032603,6650.18%1,088
2031602,5770.18%1,098
2030601,4790.19%1,148
2029600,3310.21%1,235
2028599,0960.23%1,356
2027597,7400.26%1,549
2026596,1910.31%1,865
2025594,3260.39%2,296
2024592,0300.49%2,900
2023589,1300.63%3,684
2022585,4460.79%4,569
2021580,8770.94%5,401
2020575,4761.06%6,052
2019569,4241.13%6,343
2018563,0811.40%7,794
2017555,2871.40%7,685
2016547,6021.40%7,579
2015540,0230.90%4,817
2014535,2060.41%2,180
2013533,0260.41%2,169
2012530,8570.75%3,933
2011526,9241.08%5,623
2010521,3011.08%5,563
2009515,7381.08%5,495
2008510,2430.81%4,095
2007506,1481.24%6,196
2006499,9521.77%8,677
2005491,2751.18%5,752
2004485,5230.75%3,601
2003481,9220.52%2,495
2002479,4270.25%1,209
2001478,2180.21%981
2000477,2372.73%12,675
1999464,5621.87%8,540
1998456,022-0.92%-4,242
1997460,264-1.06%-4,926
1996465,190-1.40%-6,586
1995471,776-1.07%-5,083
1994476,859-0.75%-3,618
1993480,477-0.61%-2,925
1992483,402-0.91%-4,449
1991487,851-1.64%-8,128
1990495,979-2.69%-13,713
1989509,692-1.91%-9,937
1988519,629-0.17%-876
1987520,5050.14%716
1986519,789-0.02%-125
1985519,914-0.26%-1,380
1984521,294-0.17%-864
1983522,1580.57%2,977
1982519,1810.50%2,577
1981516,6040.07%375
1980516,2290.15%752
1979515,4770.15%748
1978514,7290.15%748
1977513,9810.15%745
1976513,2360.15%747
1975512,4890.15%744
1974511,7450.15%743
1973511,0020.15%742
1972510,2600.15%742
1971509,5180.15%740
1970508,7780.15%739
1969508,0390.15%737
1968507,3020.15%738
1967506,5640.15%736
1966505,8280.15%734
1965505,0940.15%733
1964504,3610.15%734
1963503,6270.15%731
1962502,8960.15%731
1961502,1650.15%728
1960501,4370.15%729
1959500,7080.15%728
1958499,9800.15%726
1957499,2540.15%724
1956498,5300.15%725
1955497,8050.15%723
1954497,0820.15%722
1953496,3600.15%720
1952495,6400.15%721
1951494,9190.15%719
1950494,2000.00%

Dresden Population Data (Urban Area)

Name Population 2021 Growth
Berlin3,566,7910.13%
Hamburg1,788,995-0.05%
Munich1,553,3730.98%
Cologne1,128,6520.88%
Frankfurt784,7800.98%
Duesseldorf635,0460.49%
Stuttgart633,8080.18%
Leipzig596,2300.88%
Dortmund589,7480.03%
Essen581,579-0.09%
Dresden580,8770.94%
Bremen566,3310.17%
Hannover537,4180.08%
Duisburg519,0560.77%
Nurenberg511,889-0.01%
Bochum377,7450.47%
Wuppertal348,898-0.12%
Mannheim336,2671.39%
Bielefeld334,475-0.00%
Westfalen333,3411.04%

Other Cities in Germany

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

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