La Paz Population 2021

1,881,796
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La Paz's 2021 population is now estimated at 1,881,796. In 1950, the population of La Paz was 319,640. La Paz has grown by 23,999 since 2015, which represents a 1.29% 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 La Paz, which typically includes La Paz's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

La Paz, officially Nuestra Señora de La Paz, is the national capital of Bolivia. La Paz is the third most populous city in the country after Santa Cruz de la Sierra and El Alto. The La Paz metropolitan area, which includes Viacha and El Alto, is Bolivia's largest urban area and home to about 2.3 million people. In 2019, La Paz has an estimated population of 790,000 people.

Today, La Paz is an important cultural center of Latin America. It's host to several colonial landmarks such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, the San Francisco Church, and the Plaza Murillo.

Demographics

About 70% of the population of Bolivia as a whole live in urban areas like La Paz. The country is made up mostly of Quechua (46%) and Aymara (42%) but there are 37 minority indigenous groups. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish at 60% but dozens of other languages are spoken.

History

La Paz was founded in 1548 by Captain Alonso de Mendoza, a Spanish conquistador. It was named Nuestra Señora de La Paz, or "Our Lady of Peace," to commemorate peace after victory against Peru's first viceroy.

In the mid 16th century, an urban plan was designed that would designate sites for official buildings, public areas, plazas, and a cathedral. This plan was intended to express the ideals and relationships of Spanish colonial society. La Paz was controlled with a firm grip by Spain, and the Spanish King had the final say on any political matters during this time.

After a victory over the Spanish army in 1825 during the Spanish American wars, the city saw its full name changing to La Paz de Ayachucho ("The Peace of the Ayachucho").

Population Growth

Bolivia is South America's poorest nation. Urbanization has rapidly changed the face of the country yet 36% of the population remain in poverty. Outside of cities like La Paz, indigenous communities often lack access to sewage, electricity, and clean water. This has led many indigenous like the Aymara to move to urban centers for jobs and better access to services. Access to basic services remains low in La Paz and affordable, safe housing is a struggle. Despite these problems, the population of La Paz continues to grow at a steady rate.

La Paz Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
20352,358,3311.59%36,906
20342,321,4251.62%36,993
20332,284,4321.65%37,021
20322,247,4111.67%36,966
20312,210,4451.69%36,835
20302,173,6101.71%36,583
20292,137,0271.72%36,169
20282,100,8581.72%35,520
20272,065,3381.70%34,605
20262,030,7331.67%33,365
20251,997,3681.62%31,798
20241,965,5701.55%29,951
20231,935,6191.46%27,933
20221,907,6861.38%25,890
20211,881,7961.29%23,999
20201,857,7971.22%22,442
20191,835,3551.17%21,268
20181,814,0871.30%23,260
20171,790,8271.30%22,961
20161,767,8661.30%22,667
20151,745,1991.30%22,376
20141,722,8231.30%22,089
20131,700,7341.30%21,806
20121,678,9281.30%21,586
20111,657,3421.30%21,280
20101,636,0621.30%21,006
20091,615,0561.30%20,708
20081,594,3481.30%20,498
20071,573,8501.30%20,207
20061,553,6431.30%19,948
20051,533,6951.30%19,665
20041,514,0301.30%19,466
20031,494,5641.30%19,189
20021,475,3751.55%22,484
20011,452,8912.67%37,783
20001,415,1082.68%36,901
19991,378,2072.67%35,889
19981,342,3182.67%34,955
19971,307,3632.67%33,999
19961,273,3642.68%33,204
19951,240,1602.67%32,295
19941,207,8652.67%31,453
19931,176,4122.67%30,593
19921,145,8192.80%31,251
19911,114,5682.81%30,468
19901,084,1002.81%29,634
19891,054,4662.81%28,786
19881,025,6802.81%28,076
1987997,6042.81%27,270
1986970,3342.81%26,525
1985943,8092.81%25,764
1984918,0452.81%25,130
1983892,9152.81%24,408
1982868,5072.81%23,742
1981844,7652.81%23,061
1980821,7042.81%22,492
1979799,2122.81%21,847
1978777,3652.81%21,250
1977756,1152.92%21,417
1976734,6983.26%23,175
1975711,5233.25%22,414
1974689,1093.25%21,708
1973667,4013.25%20,996
1972646,4053.26%20,391
1971626,0143.25%19,720
1970606,2943.25%19,099
1969587,1953.25%18,473
1968568,7223.26%17,940
1967550,7823.25%17,350
1966533,4323.25%16,804
1965516,6283.25%16,253
1964500,3753.26%15,784
1963484,5913.25%15,266
1962469,3253.25%14,784
1961454,5413.25%14,299
1960440,2423.26%13,888
1959426,3543.25%13,430
1958412,9243.25%13,008
1957399,9163.25%12,581
1956387,3353.26%12,218
1955375,1173.25%11,817
1954363,3003.25%11,445
1953351,8553.25%11,069
1952340,7863.26%10,750
1951330,0363.25%10,396
1950319,6400.00%

La Paz Population Data (Urban Area)

Name 2021 Population 2021 Growth
La Paz1,881,7961.29%
Santa Cruz1,748,5402.09%
Cochabamba1,336,7522.52%
Oruro325,0472.21%

Other Cities in Bolivia

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

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