Lahore Population 2020

12,642,423
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Lahore's 2020 population is now estimated at 12,642,423. In 1950, the population of Lahore was 835,769. Lahore has grown by 454,227 since 2015, which represents a 3.73% 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 Lahore, which typically includes Lahore's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Lahore is a city situated in the northwest of Pakistan. It is the capital city of the province of Punjab and is the main center for culture in both the Punjab region and in Pakistan as a whole. Lahore’s population in 1998 stood at just under 6.5 million with a figure for 2013 of just over 7 million with a current growth rate of just over 2%.

City Size and Population Density

The current population of a little over 7 million are all squeezed into the city’s boundaries of 1,772 square kilometers. Thankfully, the city has expanded to almost double its size in the last 14 years but the Lahore remains the 42nd most heavily populated city in the world. This city's population in Pakistan is only exceeded by nearby city Karachi. The population density currently sits around 6,300 residents per square kilometer (16,000 individuals per square mile). The residents make their homes in the 9 administrative towns and one military designated area. Within these areas, there are some historic neighborhoods, and of course, there is the old city area.

Notes of Interest about Lahore

Lahore is a city rich in history and tradition; it has experienced three significant eras in its history – the Mughul Empire, British colonial, and now the modern city of Pakistan. With new eras in history came new designs and developments - which have all added and enriched the fabric of its busy, bustling city. Of particular note, is the Walled City of Lahore, which is one of the most densely populated areas of Lahore. It has highly compromised living conditions, in part due to its overpopulation - and partly due to the neglect it suffers from the municipal. In contrast, the military area of Lahore boasts wider streets, cleaner air and is generally less chaotic than the more inner-city areas.

Model Town area is where you will find the beautiful parks, modern shopping areas and a lower cost of living than that in the military area. A great budget area to live is the Punjab Housing Society; it is close enough to the military area to enjoy the benefits - but with it being slightly less developed, rents are around half the amount.

Lahore Demographics

Of the people in Lahore, 87% of them speak Punjabi; however, this language can be broken down into many different dialects which makes for a diverse speaking population. Other languages spoken include Urdu – the national language, and English - which is spoken and understood by a large number of people, especially those from an educated background.

The main religion in Lahore is Muslim – mostly Sunni or Shia- which makes up 94% of the population. The remaining 6% are nearly all Christians. There are also a small number of minority religions such as Sikh and Hindu. The Lahoris are a cultural bunch of people celebrating many festivals around in the year – some religious, some historical and some are combinations of ancient and modern- even western – celebrations.

Lahore is a young country with over 40% of its inhabitants below the age of 15. The average life expectancy stands at less than 60 years of age. Another interesting statistic is that less than 40% of the population of the city are literate.

Lahore Population Growth

Lahore is home to some significant buildings including many high profile universities and schools, great pieces of historic architecture and museums. The city is referred to as the Paris of the East or the Mughal City of Gardens in reference to the many historical gardens situated around Lahore. Lahore is also the engineering hub of Pakistan with industries such as car manufacturing, heavy machinery, steel, IT, chemicals and computers all contributing to its 13.2% contribution to Pakistan’s national economy. It is currently ranked 122nd largest in the world for GDP with an average growth rate of nearly 6%.

Lahore Population 2020

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
203519,116,6042.52%469,340
203418,647,2642.51%457,286
203318,189,9782.51%445,878
203217,744,1002.51%435,172
203117,308,9282.52%425,844
203016,883,0842.54%417,629
202916,465,4552.56%411,387
202816,054,0682.61%408,005
202715,646,0632.68%408,267
202615,237,7962.78%411,968
202514,825,8282.91%418,754
202414,407,0743.06%427,684
202313,979,3903.23%437,626
202213,541,7643.41%446,598
202113,095,1663.58%452,743
202012,642,4233.73%454,227
201912,188,1963.83%450,010
201811,738,1864.22%474,911
201711,263,2754.22%455,697
201610,807,5784.23%438,441
201510,369,1374.22%420,088
20149,949,0494.22%403,069
20139,545,9804.22%386,217
20129,159,7634.23%371,593
20118,788,1704.22%356,038
20108,432,1324.22%341,613
20098,090,5194.22%327,332
20087,763,1874.23%314,936
20077,448,2514.22%301,753
20067,146,4984.22%289,529
20056,856,9694.22%277,423
20046,579,5464.23%266,919
20036,312,6274.22%255,745
20026,056,8824.22%245,385
20015,811,4974.22%235,125
20005,576,3724.23%226,222
19995,350,1504.22%216,752
19985,133,3983.55%176,141
19974,957,2573.22%154,571
19964,802,6863.23%150,157
19954,652,5293.22%145,266
19944,507,2633.22%140,731
19934,366,5323.22%136,151
19924,230,3813.23%132,265
19914,098,1163.22%127,955
19903,970,1613.22%123,961
19893,846,2003.22%119,927
19883,726,2733.23%116,503
19873,609,7703.22%112,708
19863,497,0623.22%109,189
19853,387,8733.22%105,636
19843,282,2373.23%102,621
19833,179,6163.22%99,277
19823,080,3393.22%96,177
19812,984,1623.56%102,566
19802,881,5963.74%103,932
19792,777,6643.74%100,049
19782,677,6153.74%96,445
19772,581,1703.73%92,846
19762,488,3243.74%89,748
19752,398,5763.74%86,394
19742,312,1823.74%83,283
19732,228,8993.89%83,544
19722,145,3554.52%92,767
19712,052,5884.51%88,637
19701,963,9514.51%84,809
19691,879,1424.51%81,038
19681,798,1044.52%77,752
19671,720,3524.51%74,290
19661,646,0624.51%71,081
19651,574,9814.51%67,921
19641,507,0604.52%65,167
19631,441,8934.51%62,265
19621,379,6284.51%59,577
19611,320,0514.41%55,774
19601,264,2774.36%52,797
19591,211,4804.35%50,524
19581,160,9564.35%48,417
19571,112,5394.35%46,335
19561,066,2044.36%44,525
19551,021,6794.35%42,609
1954979,0704.35%40,831
1953938,2394.35%39,076
1952899,1634.36%37,550
1951861,6133.09%25,844
1950835,7690.00%

Lahore Population Data (Urban Area)

Name Population 2020 Growth
Karachi16,093,7862.24%
Lahore12,642,4233.73%
Faisalabad3,462,2952.27%
Rawalpindi2,236,9051.88%
Gujranwala2,229,2202.78%
Peshawar2,202,9463.26%
Multan2,015,0912.16%
Hyderabad1,849,8291.92%
Islamabad1,129,1983.12%
Quetta1,099,5462.74%
Bahawalpur844,6733.00%
Sialkot705,1212.13%
Sargodha700,0951.75%
Sukkur534,4861.97%
Larkana534,2882.77%
Sheikhupura517,3422.61%
Rahim Yar Khan463,9492.88%
Dera Ghazikhan450,8093.56%
Jhang437,7741.64%
Sahiwal431,4132.98%

Other Cities in Pakistan

  1. Pakistan Bureau of Statistics - Pakistan population census
  2. World Urbanization Prospects - United Nations population estimates and projections of major Urban Agglomerations

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