Ho Chi Minh City Population 2021

8,837,544
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Ho Chi Minh City's 2021 population is now estimated at 8,837,544. In 1950, the population of Ho Chi Minh City was 1,213,224. Ho Chi Minh City has grown by 235,227 since 2015, which represents a 2.73% 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 Ho Chi Minh City, which typically includes Ho Chi Minh City's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Vietnam is a large country with a population of almost 93 million people. The biggest city is Ho Chi Minh City, which locally also goes by the name of Saigon. The name is derived from the previous name of the city when it was part of the French colony of Cochin-China before the reunification of north and south Vietnam.

The current population of Ho Chi Minh City is difficult to determine as the most recent census was performed in 2009. According to that census, the population of Ho Chi Minh City stood at 7,521,130 people. 2017 estimates from the General Statistics offices give a number closer to 8,444,600 - showing the continued growth of the city. The only city to come close to the overall population of Ho Chi Minh city is the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi, which has a population of 6.4 million and a population density of 5,000 per square mile. The total population of Ho Chi Minh city accounts for 8.34% of all inhabitants of Vietnam.

City Size and Population Density

Ho Chi Minh City covers a sizeable surface area with a total of 2,061.2 square kilometers (795.3 square miles). The city is quite densely populated, but somehow it all seems to work as Ho Chi Minh City continues to grow. The population density states that 4,097 individuals are residing per square kilometer (approximately 10,610 residents per square mile) within the city.

Religion

Ho Chi Minh City may not seem as though it would be very diverse in terms of religion, but with 50% of the inhabitants actively practicing the teachings of Buddhism, there is plenty of room for other religious faiths. While 34% of the population has no religious affiliation, 12% identifies as Roman Catholic and 4% practice other religions such as Hao Hao, Cao Dai, Hinduism, and Islam.

Unemployment

The cities with the lowest unemployment rates tend to have better opportunities for residents as well as those looking to move into the city. The whole of Vietnam has proven to be resilient in this respect. 80% of people laid off in the country have already found jobs before the layoff takes effect. The unemployment rating in Ho Chi Minh City is currently 5.45%, which is remarkably low compared to other cities throughout the world that maintain a much higher rating, sometimes into double digits.

Tunnels

Many cities throughout the world maintain a network of tunnels beneath the city. Ho Chi Minh City is one of these cities and has a well-developed infrastructure of tunnels beneath the city that were used during the various wars to transport soldiers and goods safely. There are some parts of the tunnel system that have since fallen into disrepair, but much of it remains intact. Visitors to the city often take tours into the tunnels where they learn about the conditions during the war. Some even allow guests to sample life through a traditional meal that would have been eaten by soldiers in the tunnels.

Ho Chi Minh City Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
203512,235,8821.93%231,305
203412,004,5771.98%233,527
203311,771,0502.05%236,123
203211,534,9272.12%238,958
203111,295,9692.19%241,978
203011,053,9912.26%244,505
202910,809,4862.33%246,525
202810,562,9612.41%248,105
202710,314,8562.48%249,187
202610,065,6692.54%249,351
20259,816,3182.60%248,662
20249,567,6562.65%246,790
20239,320,8662.68%243,708
20229,077,1582.71%239,614
20218,837,5442.73%235,227
20208,602,3172.76%230,889
20198,371,4282.78%226,067
20188,145,3613.49%274,860
20177,870,5013.49%265,586
20167,604,9153.49%256,624
20157,348,2913.49%247,963
20147,100,3283.49%239,597
20136,860,7313.49%231,511
20126,629,2203.49%223,700
20116,405,5203.49%216,150
20106,189,3703.49%208,857
20095,980,5133.49%201,809
20085,778,7043.50%195,528
20075,583,1763.50%188,656
20065,394,5203.50%182,282
20055,212,2383.49%175,884
20045,036,3543.50%170,409
20034,865,9453.50%164,421
20024,701,5243.50%158,865
20014,542,6593.49%153,290
20004,389,3693.50%148,518
19994,240,8513.71%151,818
19984,089,0333.78%149,107
19973,939,9263.78%143,476
19963,796,4503.79%138,626
19953,657,8243.78%133,383
19943,524,4413.78%128,519
19933,395,9223.78%123,666
19923,272,2563.79%119,485
19913,152,7713.78%114,966
19903,037,8053.78%110,774
19892,927,0311.51%43,428
19882,883,6030.75%21,522
19872,862,0810.75%21,331
19862,840,7500.75%21,172
19852,819,5780.75%20,986
19842,798,5920.75%20,887
19832,777,7050.75%20,702
19822,757,0030.75%20,549
19812,736,4540.75%20,367
19802,716,0871.42%38,128
19792,677,9593.47%89,878
19782,588,0813.47%86,862
19772,501,2193.47%83,833
19762,417,3863.48%81,243
19752,336,1433.47%78,406
19742,257,7373.47%75,775
19732,181,9623.47%73,132
19722,108,8303.48%70,873
19712,037,9573.47%68,399
19701,969,5583.47%66,103
19691,903,4553.47%63,797
19681,839,6583.48%61,827
19671,777,8313.47%59,668
19661,718,1633.47%57,666
19651,660,4973.47%55,654
19641,604,8433.48%53,935
19631,550,9083.47%52,052
19621,498,8563.47%50,305
19611,448,5513.47%48,551
19601,400,0001.44%19,928
19591,380,0721.44%19,618
19581,360,4541.44%19,339
19571,341,1151.44%19,038
19561,322,0771.44%18,820
19551,303,2571.44%18,526
19541,284,7311.44%18,262
19531,266,4691.44%17,979
19521,248,4901.44%17,771
19511,230,7191.44%17,495
19501,213,2240.00%

Ho Chi Minh City Population Data (Urban Area)

Name 2021 Population 2021 Growth
Ho Chi Minh City8,837,5442.73%
Hanoi4,874,9824.21%
Can Tho1,703,4875.31%
Hai Phong1,341,0153.15%
Da Nang1,156,5852.78%
Bien Hoa1,045,7083.22%
Thu Dau Mot437,3605.80%
Vungtau429,8392.88%
Hue408,5812.06%
Nha Trang332,4100.92%
Long Xuyen327,4801.99%

Other Cities in Vietnam

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

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