Hiroshima Population 2021

2,077,569
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Hiroshima's 2021 population is now estimated at 2,077,569. In 1950, the population of Hiroshima was 503,004. Hiroshima has grown by -5,654 since 2015, which represents a -0.27% 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 Hiroshima, which typically includes Hiroshima's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Hiroshima is a city located in Honshu, Japan’s largest island. It is the largest city within the Chugoku region, and it is also designated as the capital of Hiroshima Prefecture. The city has an extensive population that is 1,196,274 per estimates in 2016. This city has a fascinating history and is most known for being the first city to be targeted by the US Army Air Forces with a nuclear weapon during World War II.

City Size and Population Density

This large population is spread across a total surface area of just over 906.53 square kilometers (350 square miles). This brings the population density to approximately 1,319.6 individuals residing per square kilometer (3,418 persons per square mile).

Hiroshima Demographics

In terms of religion among the population of Hiroshima, we must rely on national statistics for insight. Shinto and Buddhism are Japan's two major religions.

Hiroshima History

Hiroshima was first established in 1589. It was named as the capital of Hiroshima Prefecture following the abolition of the han in 1871. During this time, the city was a significant urban center. The 1800s saw a great period of growth with the establishment of English language schools and the extension of the San’yo Railway. During the First Sino-Japanese War, Hiroshima served as a base for the Japanese government and Emperor Meiji took up residence at Hiroshima capital.

Industrialization continued throughout the early 1900s, and the city became a center for military activity. However, a dark period was right around the corner for the city. On <a href=” http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/bombing-of-hiroshima-and-nagasaki”>August 6, 1945, during World War II, a nuclear bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and killed approximately 140,000 people. This was the first time the US military used a nuclear weapon. In addition to the immediate deaths, injuries from the bomb and radiation killed additional residents, with estimates showing that as many as 166,000 people died in total in Hiroshima alone. The population, of course, suffered significantly, while much of the city’s infrastructure was also destroyed, with as many as 70% of buildings destroyed and others severely damaged.

The city has had a history of ups and downs when it comes to its population. Its population was approximately 143,000 in 1910 and grew to over 360,000 before World War II. The population during this period peaked to over 419,000 people in 1942. Just three years later, however, after the atomic bomb was dropped, the population had dropped quite significantly to a number that fell below what was recorded before 1910. However, the population bounced back within 10 years and had reached the levels recorded before the bombing.

This wasn’t the end of the troubles for Hiroshima, unfortunately. Typhoon Ida struck the city, adding 3,000 deaths and injuries to the city’s woes. More infrastructure was destroyed, including the roads and railroads.

After the war, Hiroshima received aid from the government to restore and rebuild the city. Donated land and financial assistance was provided to repair the city and recover from the destructive events. As the city rebuilt, several monuments were erected to promote peace, including the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the Peace Pagoda. Today, Hiroshima continues to speak out in favor of abolishing nuclear weapons, with goals to get rid of them completed by 2020.

Hiroshima Population Growth

The population of Hiroshima stands at 1,196,274, which reflects an increase from previous numbers. In 2000, the population was 1.126 million and before that in 1995, the population was 1.108 million. This reflects steady growth throughout the years. Despite the troubles that it faced during the war, the population has bounced back and continues to grow, a trend that is expected to continue through the decades.

Hiroshima Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20351,998,369-0.34%-6,874
20342,005,243-0.33%-6,702
20332,011,945-0.32%-6,524
20322,018,469-0.31%-6,342
20312,024,811-0.30%-6,151
20302,030,962-0.29%-5,946
20292,036,908-0.28%-5,719
20282,042,627-0.27%-5,469
20272,048,096-0.25%-5,195
20262,053,291-0.24%-4,901
20252,058,192-0.23%-4,692
20242,062,884-0.23%-4,707
20232,067,591-0.23%-4,753
20222,072,344-0.25%-5,225
20212,077,569-0.27%-5,654
20202,083,223-0.28%-5,934
20192,089,157-0.29%-6,062
20182,095,219-0.03%-556
20172,095,775-0.03%-555
20162,096,330-0.03%-555
20152,096,885-0.03%-553
20142,097,438-0.03%-554
20132,097,992-0.03%-553
20122,098,545-0.03%-555
20112,099,1000.06%1,363
20102,097,7370.34%7,038
20092,090,6990.34%7,003
20082,083,6960.34%6,999
20072,076,6970.34%6,966
20062,069,7310.30%6,246
20052,063,4850.20%4,159
20042,059,3260.20%4,162
20032,055,1640.20%4,148
20022,051,0160.20%4,140
20012,046,8760.15%3,132
20002,043,7440.01%178
19992,043,5660.01%177
19982,043,3890.01%177
19972,043,2120.01%176
19962,043,0360.14%2,885
19952,040,1510.54%10,882
19942,029,2690.54%10,824
19932,018,4450.54%10,751
19922,007,6940.54%10,724
19911,996,9700.57%11,404
19901,985,5660.69%13,555
19891,972,0110.69%13,445
19881,958,5660.69%13,390
19871,945,1760.69%13,280
19861,931,8960.77%14,806
19851,917,0901.02%19,414
19841,897,6761.03%19,270
19831,878,4061.02%19,049
19821,859,3571.02%18,855
19811,840,5020.85%15,457
19801,825,0450.33%5,933
19791,819,1120.33%5,905
19781,813,2070.33%5,886
19771,807,3210.33%5,858
19761,801,4631.53%27,080
19751,774,3835.17%87,254
19741,687,1295.17%82,963
19731,604,1665.16%78,777
19721,525,3895.18%75,111
19711,450,2785.17%71,316
19701,378,9625.17%67,809
19691,311,1535.16%64,389
19681,246,7645.18%61,391
19671,185,3735.17%58,289
19661,127,0845.17%55,424
19651,071,6605.16%52,627
19641,019,0335.18%50,177
1963968,8565.17%47,643
1962921,2135.17%45,300
1961875,9135.16%43,014
1960832,8995.18%41,012
1959791,8875.17%38,941
1958752,9465.17%37,025
1957715,9215.16%35,158
1956680,7635.18%33,521
1955647,2425.17%31,827
1954615,4155.17%30,263
1953585,1525.16%28,736
1952556,4165.18%27,398
1951529,0185.17%26,014
1950503,0040.00%

Hiroshima Population Data (Urban Area)

Name Population 2021 Growth
Tokyo37,339,804-0.14%
Osaka19,110,616-0.29%
Nagoya9,565,6420.14%
Fukuoka5,516,158-0.23%
Shizuoka2,930,3410.27%
Sapporo2,670,1210.02%
Sendai2,334,9590.32%
Hiroshima2,077,569-0.27%
Niigata801,982-0.29%
Kumamoto741,455-0.16%
Okayama724,157-0.07%
Kagoshima588,413-0.44%
Utsunomiya521,669-0.08%
Matsuyama508,241-0.34%
Oita478,505-0.16%
Kurashiki474,846-0.24%
Kanazawa465,390-0.18%
Fukuyama464,638-0.17%
Takamatsu418,643-0.24%
Toyama411,790-0.40%

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

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