Manila Population 2021

14,158,573
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Manila's 2021 population is now estimated at 14,158,573. In 1950, the population of Manila was 1,543,666. Manila has grown by 235,121 since 2015, which represents a 1.69% 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 Manila, which typically includes Manila's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Manila is the capital and second-largest city of the Philippines and one of 16 cities that comprise Metro Manila, which has an overall population of 12.8 million per the 2015 Census. The city of Manila has a population of 1.78 million in 2016, according to census data.

Manila is the world's most densely populated city with 42,857 people per square kilometer, or 111,002 people per square mile. This is all contained within an area of 42.88 square kilometers (16.56 square miles).

The Metro Manila population is estimated at 12 million but the larger urban area has a population estimated at 21.3 million. The Metro Manila population swells during the daytime, however, to about 15 million. This density is much higher than that of Mumbai (23,000 people/sq km), Paris (20,150 people/sq km), and Toyko (10,100 people/sq km).

The most recent census found that Tondo has become the most populous district, accounting for 38% of the total population, followed by Sampaloc (20.7%) and Santa Ana (10.7%).

Manila Demographics

The indigenous people of the Manila area were Tagalogs, with other native ethnic groups of the country later inhabiting the region due to migration. Other groups that have moved to Manila include the Bicolanos, Visayans, Ilocanos, Kapampangan, Pangasinan and Moro groups, as well as tribal groups like the Bajau and the Igorot.

Manila is home to the oldest Chinatown in the world, Binondo, which was established in 1594. This is historically where the Spanish allowed converted sangleys (indigenous Filipino wives and mixed-race descendants) to live. This small town was already a hub of Chinese commerce before the Spanish arrived in the early 16th century.

Manila also has large populations of Americans, Spaniards and Koreans. Metro Manila is a social urban conglomerate and one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world.

Manila Population Growth

Manila has grown rapidly over the last century, except for a period between 1990 and 2000 when it had a negative growth rate of 0.13%. Between 2000 and 2010, the population had an average annual growth rate of 0.44%. By 2020, it is predicted that most of the world's megacities will be in Asia, and Metro Manila will have a population of 20 million.

Since its founding in 1571, Manila has become a very densely populated city that has struggled with crime, overpopulation and pollution. Despite being occupied and/or ruled by Americans, Spaniards, and the Japanese for hundreds of years, a real plan has never been made for the region's expansion. In fact, it was planned for a population of just 800,000 in 1905.

Manila Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
203518,649,4222.05%374,322
203418,275,1002.06%368,288
203317,906,8122.06%362,092
203217,544,7202.07%355,040
203117,189,6802.07%348,340
203016,841,3402.07%340,835
202916,500,5052.06%332,607
202816,167,8982.04%323,099
202715,844,7992.01%312,914
202615,531,8851.98%301,326
202515,230,5591.93%288,606
202414,941,9531.87%274,864
202314,667,0891.81%261,030
202214,406,0591.75%247,486
202114,158,5731.69%235,121
202013,923,4521.64%224,563
201913,698,8891.61%216,421
201813,482,4681.59%210,747
201713,271,7211.59%207,453
201613,064,2681.59%204,210
201512,860,0581.59%200,744
201412,659,3141.59%197,610
201312,461,7041.58%194,260
201212,267,4441.59%191,755
201112,075,6891.59%188,500
201011,887,1892.29%265,689
200911,621,5002.42%275,032
200811,346,4682.36%261,106
200711,085,3621.54%168,587
200610,916,7751.54%166,023
200510,750,7521.54%163,274
200410,587,4781.55%161,235
200310,426,2431.54%158,563
200210,267,6801.54%156,152
200110,111,5281.54%153,566
20009,957,9621.15%112,771
19999,845,1911.06%103,659
19989,741,5321.06%102,568
19979,638,9641.06%101,349
19969,537,6151.45%136,360
19959,401,2553.35%304,828
19949,096,4273.35%294,945
19938,801,4823.35%284,994
19928,516,4883.36%276,515
19918,239,9733.35%267,174
19907,972,7993.02%233,823
19897,738,9762.95%221,846
19887,517,1302.96%216,072
19877,301,0582.96%209,577
19867,091,4812.96%203,561
19856,887,9202.95%197,449
19846,690,4712.96%192,311
19836,498,1602.96%186,530
19826,311,6302.96%181,175
19816,130,4552.95%175,736
19805,954,7193.48%200,266
19795,754,4533.58%198,860
19785,555,5933.58%191,988
19775,363,6053.57%185,103
19765,178,5023.58%179,199
19754,999,3036.68%312,872
19744,686,4317.31%319,184
19734,367,2477.30%297,049
19724,070,1987.32%277,581
19713,792,6177.31%258,308
19703,534,3094.90%165,036
19693,369,2734.46%143,884
19683,225,3894.47%138,112
19673,087,2774.47%132,020
19662,955,2574.47%126,374
19652,828,8834.46%120,807
19642,708,0764.47%115,960
19632,592,1164.47%110,846
19622,481,2704.47%106,105
19612,375,1654.46%101,431
19602,273,7344.14%90,286
19592,183,4483.93%82,523
19582,100,9253.93%79,403
19572,021,5223.92%76,299
19561,945,2233.93%73,618
19551,871,6053.93%70,737
19541,800,8683.93%68,063
19531,732,8053.92%65,402
19521,667,4033.93%63,104
19511,604,2993.93%60,633
19501,543,6660.00%

Manila Population Data (Urban Area)

Name 2021 Population 2021 Growth
Manila14,158,5731.69%
Davao City1,866,4012.24%
Cebu City993,7441.40%
Zamboanga City930,6101.43%
Antipolo902,9932.49%
Cagayan De Oro City769,6202.19%
Dasmarinas765,7422.48%
Bacoor704,3342.61%
General Santos City665,4181.94%
Bacolod624,7831.85%
San Jose Del Monte615,8151.34%
Imus553,5794.89%
Basilan City548,4452.87%
Calamba539,1572.78%
Angeles City529,9913.97%
Lapu Lapu City482,9462.74%
Iloilo City477,6951.25%
Santa Rosa448,3803.74%
General Trias414,9544.33%
Mandaue City402,0121.81%

Other Cities in Philippines

  1. Philippines Statistical Authority - Manila statistics and census data
  2. World Urbanization Prospects - United Nations population estimates and projections of major Urban Agglomerations

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