Geneva Population 2021

620,131
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Geneva's 2021 population is now estimated at 620,131. In 1950, the population of Geneva was 193,850. Geneva has grown by 6,758 since 2015, which represents a 1.10% 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 Geneva, which typically includes Geneva's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Geneva is a city located in Switzerland. The city is the capital of the Republic and Canton of Geneva. The population at the end of 2016 was 198,979, making it the second largest city in the country in terms of population. This global city has become known around the world for its financial center, which has been ranked as one of the most important in the world. This city also has been ranked as having a very high quality of life for its citizens, making it an ideal place to reside.

City Size and Population Density

The city of Geneva covers an area of approximately 15.9 square kilometers (6.15 square miles). In combination with the population growing closer to 200,000, the population density comes to 12,000 per kilometer (32,000 per square mile).

Geneva Demographics

The official language of Geneva is French, which is spoken by over 72%of the population. Approximately 4.4% of the population speaks English, while 4.2% speak Spanish. Other languages spoken around the city include German and Italian.

Almost half of the population is made up of resident foreign nationals. Just over 15% of the population was born in other Swiss cities, while over 43% were born outside of Switzerland.

Per census data, 37.4% of residents reported following the Roman Catholic religion, while 23.20% did not follow any religion. Other religions include the Swiss Reformed Church, Muslim, and Jewish, to name a few.

Geneva History

Geneva has a fascinating history that dates back to 121 BC. This border town became a Christian city and was ruled throughout the Middle Ages under the Roman Empire. In the 14th Century, Geneva received a charter that gave it the power to self-govern. The Protestant Reformation had a considerable impact on the city, and John Calvin – the founder of Calvinism – was a spiritual leader. In the 18th century, the city was under the influence of Catholic France.

Geneva became part of the Swiss Confederation in the 1800s, and in the early 1900s, there was a separation of church and state. In modern times, Geneva has done quite well economically. Its financial sector has especially flourished. Its financial center is ranked as the 15th most competitive in the world. The city is also home to many large companies including but not limited to DuPont, Caterpillar, Electronic Arts, and Oracle. The city has previously been ranked as one of the most expensive cities in the world. It has also been named as one of the best cities in terms of the quality of life of its citizens.

Geneva Population Growth

Geneva has traditionally seen a pattern of steady growth since 1850 when the population was less than 40,000. Just 50 years later, the population had more than doubled almost to reach 100,000. Growth continued throughout the early and mid-1900s before peaking in 1970 with a total count of over 173,000 residents. Between 1970 and 1990, the population declined by several thousand before rebounding again in the year 2000. Generally, though, the city has seen significant growth, and with its role in the financial industry and the high quality of life enjoyed by its citizens, growth is only expected to continue for this Swiss city.

Geneva Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
2035698,0800.77%5,307
2034692,7730.77%5,288
2033687,4850.77%5,280
2032682,2050.78%5,277
2031676,9280.79%5,289
2030671,6390.80%5,318
2029666,3210.81%5,361
2028660,9600.82%5,407
2027655,5530.84%5,470
2026650,0830.86%5,570
2025644,5130.90%5,731
2024638,7820.94%5,952
2023632,8300.99%6,212
2022626,6181.05%6,487
2021620,1311.10%6,758
2020613,3731.14%6,937
2019606,4361.18%7,060
2018599,3761.38%8,154
2017591,2221.38%8,042
2016583,1801.38%7,933
2015575,2471.38%7,814
2014567,4331.38%7,708
2013559,7251.38%7,594
2012552,1311.38%7,510
2011544,6211.38%7,398
2010537,2231.38%7,298
2009529,9251.38%7,189
2008522,7361.38%7,111
2007515,6251.38%7,004
2006508,6211.38%6,909
2005501,7121.38%6,806
2004494,9061.38%6,733
2003488,1731.38%6,631
2002481,5421.38%6,541
2001475,0011.26%5,912
2000469,0891.11%5,153
1999463,9361.11%5,090
1998458,8461.11%5,034
1997453,8121.11%4,971
1996448,8411.11%4,931
1995443,9100.91%4,014
1994439,8960.91%3,978
1993435,9180.91%3,937
1992431,9810.91%3,911
1991428,0701.55%6,542
1990421,5282.42%9,940
1989411,5882.41%9,693
1988401,8952.42%9,489
1987392,4062.42%9,254
1986383,1522.42%9,035
1985374,1172.41%8,810
1984365,3072.42%8,626
1983356,6812.41%8,410
1982348,2712.42%8,213
1981340,0581.57%5,272
1980334,7860.44%1,459
1979333,3270.44%1,451
1978331,8760.44%1,444
1977330,4320.44%1,436
1976328,9960.44%1,434
1975327,5620.44%1,425
1974326,1370.44%1,419
1973324,7180.44%1,412
1972323,3060.44%1,409
1971321,8971.53%4,842
1970317,0553.06%9,405
1969307,6503.05%9,114
1968298,5363.06%8,868
1967289,6683.06%8,593
1966281,0753.06%8,338
1965272,7373.05%8,080
1964264,6573.06%7,862
1963256,7953.06%7,618
1962249,1773.06%7,391
1961241,7862.60%6,123
1960235,6631.97%4,564
1959231,0991.97%4,469
1958226,6301.97%4,383
1957222,2471.97%4,293
1956217,9541.97%4,221
1955213,7331.97%4,133
1954209,6001.97%4,054
1953205,5461.97%3,970
1952201,5761.97%3,903
1951197,6731.97%3,823
1950193,8500.00%

Geneva Population Data (Urban Area)

Name 2021 Population 2021 Growth
Zurich1,407,5720.88%
Geneva620,1311.10%
Basel562,7100.66%
Lausanne448,3041.45%
Bern433,5010.88%

Other Cities in Switzerland

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

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