Nanjing Population 2021

9,143,980
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Nanjing's 2021 population is now estimated at 9,143,980. In 1950, the population of Nanjing was 1,037,069. Nanjing has grown by 296,608 since 2015, which represents a 3.35% 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 Nanjing, which typically includes Nanjing's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Nanjing is a city that is located in China. It it’s the capital city of the Jiangsu province. It is also the second most populous city in East China. The Nanjing Metropolitan Region is much larger, at over 23,000 square miles with a population surpassing 30 million inhabitants.

City Size and Population Density

The city has a population of 8,270,500 people stretched across 2,500 square miles. This makes the population density 3,183 people residing here per square mile.

Nanjing History

The city has a long and unique history dating back to the 3rd century, and in modern times, is a center for education, culture and tourism. It is also the site of one of the largest inland ports in the world. Nanjing is also known for its number of universities and research centers and is one of the top scientific research centers in the country.

Nanjing Population Demographics

The majority of people living in Nanjing are of the Han nationality, similar to other Chinese cities. There are also about 50 additional nationalities residing within this city. Of the minority nationalities, almost 84% are Hui, with other nationalities including Manchu and Zhuang. Most of the minority groups live in Nanjing’s Jianye District.

There are more male inhabitants than female, with 107.31 men for every 100 women.

The city is split into 11 districts, with Gulou being the most populous, followed by Jiangning and Qinhuai.

Nanjing Population Growth

The city has seen steady growth throughout the years, posting double-digit growth during the 1960s and 1970s. The city’s natural growth rate has slowed in recent years, but because of Nanjing’s rich culture and history, its thriving economy and educational opportunities, this growth is expected to continue.

Nanjing Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
203511,505,7920.69%79,153
203411,426,6390.78%88,386
203311,338,2530.87%98,201
203211,240,0520.98%108,639
203111,131,4131.09%120,327
203011,011,0861.23%133,355
202910,877,7311.38%148,204
202810,729,5271.56%165,058
202710,564,4691.78%184,283
202610,380,1862.02%205,294
202510,174,8922.29%227,344
20249,947,5482.57%249,084
20239,698,4642.85%269,083
20229,429,3813.12%285,401
20219,143,9803.35%296,608
20208,847,3723.53%301,795
20198,545,5773.65%300,950
20188,244,6273.71%294,644
20177,949,9833.70%283,731
20167,666,2523.71%274,345
20157,391,9073.71%264,170
20147,127,7373.71%254,729
20136,873,0083.70%245,294
20126,627,7143.71%237,180
20116,390,5343.71%228,383
20106,162,1513.71%220,222
20095,941,9293.70%212,064
20085,729,8653.71%205,049
20075,524,8163.71%197,445
20065,327,3713.71%190,388
20055,136,9833.70%183,336
20044,953,6473.71%177,272
20034,776,3753.71%170,697
20024,605,6783.71%164,596
20014,441,0823.80%162,445
20004,278,6374.00%164,430
19994,114,2073.99%157,897
19983,956,3103.99%151,838
19973,804,4723.99%145,813
19963,658,6594.00%140,603
19953,518,0563.99%135,018
19943,383,0383.99%129,837
19933,253,2013.99%124,684
19923,128,5174.00%120,230
19913,008,2873.99%115,454
19902,892,8336.18%168,282
19892,724,5516.17%158,281
19882,566,2706.19%149,485
19872,416,7856.18%140,590
19862,276,1956.18%132,411
19852,143,7846.17%124,542
19842,019,2426.19%117,621
19831,901,6216.18%110,621
19821,791,0001.72%30,320
19811,760,6801.72%29,767
19801,730,9131.72%29,343
19791,701,5701.72%28,806
19781,672,7641.72%28,319
19771,644,4451.72%27,801
19761,616,6441.72%27,406
19751,589,2381.72%26,905
19741,562,3331.72%26,449
19731,535,8841.72%25,966
19721,509,9181.72%25,597
19711,484,3211.72%25,128
19701,459,1931.72%24,703
19691,434,4901.72%24,252
19681,410,2381.72%23,907
19671,386,3311.72%23,470
19661,362,8611.72%23,072
19651,339,7891.72%22,650
19641,317,1391.72%22,329
19631,294,8101.72%21,920
19621,272,8901.72%21,549
19611,251,3411.72%21,156
19601,230,1851.72%20,854
19591,209,3311.72%20,474
19581,188,8571.72%20,126
19571,168,7311.72%19,759
19561,148,9721.72%19,478
19551,129,4941.72%19,121
19541,110,3731.72%18,798
19531,091,5751.72%18,454
19521,073,1211.72%18,192
19511,054,9291.72%17,860
19501,037,0690.00%

Nanjing Population Data (Urban Area)

Name Population 2021 Growth
Shanghai27,795,7022.72%
Beijing20,896,8202.12%
Chongqing16,382,3763.21%
Tianjin13,794,4501.51%
Guangzhou13,635,3972.51%
Shenzhen12,591,6961.90%
Chengdu9,305,1161.85%
Nanjing9,143,9803.35%
Wuhan8,473,4051.30%
Xi An Shaanxi8,274,6513.42%
Hangzhou7,845,5012.66%
Dongguan7,451,8890.59%
Suzhou7,427,0965.05%
Foshan7,406,7511.09%
Shenyang7,373,6552.13%
Haerbin6,526,4392.18%
Dalian5,775,9382.81%
Qingdao5,742,4862.18%
Ji Nan Shandong5,513,5972.86%
Zhengzhou5,510,3413.53%

Urban Areas in China

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

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