Kabul Population 2022

4,457,882
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Kabul is a city located in Afghanistan. It is the capital city, as well as the largest city by population. Not only is it the largest city in the country, but it also one of the largest in the world, ranking 64th. Rapid urbanization has also led to the city being the fifth fastest-growing in the world. Estimates taken in 2015 show that the population of Kabul is 4.635 million.

City Size and Population Density

The city is spread across a total of 1,023 square kilometers (395 square miles) and has a population density of 4,500 residents per square kilometer (12,000 per square mile).

Kabul Demographics

About 45% of Kabul’s population is Tajik. One-quarter is Hazara, another 25% is Pashtun, and minority ethnic groups include Baloch, Uzbek, Turkmen, and Afghan Hindu.

Almost three-quarters of the population of Kabul follow Sunni Islam, and around Twenty-five percent of residents are Shiites. Other religions in the city include Sikhism and Hinduism.

The common language is Dari, although Pashto is widely spoken throughout the city as well. Many inhabitants speak more than one language.

Population Changes in Kabul

The city’s population has seen very exciting changes throughout the years, primarily due to wars. The population dropped in the 1990s but has grown four times between 2001 and 2014, as immigrants move away from rebel groups and government forces. The city is now one of the fastest-growing in the entire world, and because of this, many informal settlements have popped up all around the city to accommodate this growth. The city’s population in the past has fluctuated throughout the years; however, its current trajectory hasn’t shown signs of slowing just yet.

Year Population
1950170,784
1951179,779
1952189,260
1953199,213
1954209,705
1955220,749
1956232,391
1957244,613
1958257,495
1959271,057
1960285,352
1961300,359
1962316,177
1963332,829
1964350,382
1965368,809
1966388,232
1967408,087
1968428,363
1969449,585
1970471,891
1971495,303
1972528,508
1973573,161
1974621,656
1975674,254
1976731,385
1977793,178
1978860,289
1979932,388
1980977,824
19811,025,339
19821,075,233
19831,127,555
19841,182,500
19851,239,961
19861,300,299
19871,358,525
19881,419,444
19891,482,916
19901,549,320
19911,618,697
19921,691,283
19931,766,910
19941,846,031
19951,928,694
19962,015,181
19972,105,292
19982,199,565
19992,298,059
20002,401,109
20012,508,477
20022,620,804
20032,738,161
20042,834,061
20052,905,178
20062,978,181
20073,053,018
20083,129,844
20093,208,383
20103,289,005
20113,371,653
20123,456,496
20133,543,232
20143,632,269
20153,723,543
20163,817,241
20173,913,297
20184,011,770
20194,114,029
20204,221,532
20214,335,770
20224,457,882
20234,588,666
20244,728,384
20254,877,024
20265,034,106
20275,199,155
20285,371,550
20295,551,063
20305,737,138
20315,929,531
20326,127,953
20336,332,756
20346,543,594
20356,760,500

Kabul Population 2022

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
1950170,7840.00%
1951179,7795.27%8,995
1952189,2605.27%9,481
1953199,2135.26%9,953
1954209,7055.27%10,492
1955220,7495.27%11,044
1956232,3915.27%11,642
1957244,6135.26%12,222
1958257,4955.27%12,882
1959271,0575.27%13,562
1960285,3525.27%14,295
1961300,3595.26%15,007
1962316,1775.27%15,818
1963332,8295.27%16,652
1964350,3825.27%17,553
1965368,8095.26%18,427
1966388,2325.27%19,423
1967408,0875.11%19,855
1968428,3634.97%20,276
1969449,5854.95%21,222
1970471,8914.96%22,306
1971495,3034.96%23,412
1972528,5086.70%33,205
1973573,1618.45%44,653
1974621,6568.46%48,495
1975674,2548.46%52,598
1976731,3858.47%57,131
1977793,1788.45%61,793
1978860,2898.46%67,111
1979932,3888.38%72,099
1980977,8244.87%45,436
19811,025,3394.86%47,515
19821,075,2334.87%49,894
19831,127,5554.87%52,322
19841,182,5004.87%54,945
19851,239,9614.86%57,461
19861,300,2994.87%60,338
19871,358,5254.48%58,226
19881,419,4444.48%60,919
19891,482,9164.47%63,472
19901,549,3204.48%66,404
19911,618,6974.48%69,377
19921,691,2834.48%72,586
19931,766,9104.47%75,627
19941,846,0314.48%79,121
19951,928,6944.48%82,663
19962,015,1814.48%86,487
19972,105,2924.47%90,111
19982,199,5654.48%94,273
19992,298,0594.48%98,494
20002,401,1094.48%103,050
20012,508,4774.47%107,368
20022,620,8044.48%112,327
20032,738,1614.48%117,357
20042,834,0613.50%95,900
20052,905,1782.51%71,117
20062,978,1812.51%73,003
20073,053,0182.51%74,837
20083,129,8442.52%76,826
20093,208,3832.51%78,539
20103,289,0052.51%80,622
20113,371,6532.51%82,648
20123,456,4962.52%84,843
20133,543,2322.51%86,736
20143,632,2692.51%89,037
20153,723,5432.51%91,274
20163,817,2412.52%93,698
20173,913,2972.52%96,056
20184,011,7702.52%98,473
20194,114,0292.55%102,259
20204,221,5322.61%107,503
20214,335,7702.71%114,238
20224,457,8822.82%122,112
20234,588,6662.93%130,784
20244,728,3843.04%139,718
20254,877,0243.14%148,640
20265,034,1063.22%157,082
20275,199,1553.28%165,049
20285,371,5503.32%172,395
20295,551,0633.34%179,513
20305,737,1383.35%186,075
20315,929,5313.35%192,393
20326,127,9533.35%198,422
20336,332,7563.34%204,803
20346,543,5943.33%210,838
20356,760,5003.31%216,906

Kabul Population Data (Urban Area)

Name 2022 Population 2022 Growth
Kabul4,457,8822.82%
Herat665,4774.70%
Mazar E Sharif594,5515.45%
Kandahar526,7752.90%

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