Phnom Penh Population 2020

2,077,757
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Phnom Penh's 2020 population is now estimated at 2,077,757. In 1950, the population of Phnom Penh was 364,000. Phnom Penh has grown by 63,742 since 2015, which represents a 3.16% 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 Phnom Penh, which typically includes Phnom Penh's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia. Not only is it the capital, but it is also the largest in terms of population. This city – which was once named Krong Chaktomuk – has a population of 1,501,725 people.

City Size and Population Density

Stretched across the total area of almost 232 square kilometers, the population density is 5,700 people per square kilometer.

Phnom Penh Population Demographics

There are more males than females living in this city, with the latest counts showing that there are 792,926 women and 708,799 men in Phnom Penh.

The majority of the residents of Phnom Penh are Cambodian and account for about 90% of the city’s total population. Other ethnic groups include Kuy, Chong, Thai and Budong.

Over 90% of the city’s residents practice Buddhism.

While the official language is Khmer, English and French are also commonly spoken by many residents.

There are also a large number of inhabitants living in slums, with total counts topping 105,000 as of 2012.

Population Growth

The city’s population growth rate has maintained positive growth since 1980 after a steep population drop in 1978. Historically, the city has seen phenomenal growth throughout the years, with population increase percentages in the double digits throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Plans have been made for an expansion of the metro area to accommodate the ever-growing population, which is expected to surpass 3 million and will only continue growing.

Phnom Penh Population 2020

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20353,223,6132.78%87,090
20343,136,5232.80%85,450
20333,051,0732.82%83,802
20322,967,2712.85%82,141
20312,885,1302.87%80,515
20302,804,6152.89%78,866
20292,725,7492.92%77,237
20282,648,5122.94%75,670
20272,572,8422.97%74,205
20262,498,6373.00%72,836
20252,425,8013.11%73,121
20242,352,6803.13%71,482
20232,281,1983.15%69,754
20222,211,4443.17%67,853
20212,143,5913.17%65,834
20202,077,7573.16%63,742
20192,014,0153.16%61,686
20181,952,3293.16%59,714
20171,892,6153.16%57,887
20161,834,7283.16%56,117
20151,778,6113.16%54,400
20141,724,2113.16%52,737
20131,671,4743.16%51,123
20121,620,3513.16%49,560
20111,570,7913.16%48,044
20101,522,7473.16%46,575
20091,476,1723.15%45,089
20081,431,0832.90%40,329
20071,390,7542.77%37,483
20061,353,2712.77%36,473
20051,316,7982.77%35,441
20041,281,3572.77%34,582
20031,246,7752.77%33,602
20021,213,1732.77%32,697
20011,180,4762.77%31,773
20001,148,7032.77%31,001
19991,117,7022.77%30,124
19981,087,5787.56%76,430
19971,011,1489.97%91,678
1996919,47010.00%83,585
1995835,8859.99%75,887
1994759,9989.99%68,998
1993691,0003.95%26,288
1992664,7123.97%25,356
1991639,3563.96%24,356
1990615,0007.57%43,277
1989571,7237.56%40,178
1988531,5457.58%37,454
1987494,0917.57%34,769
1986459,3227.57%32,322
1985427,0003.38%13,973
1984413,0273.39%13,552
1983399,4753.39%13,089
1982386,3863.39%12,661
1981373,72556.85%135,458
1980238,267138.27%138,267
1979100,0000.00%
1978100,0000.00%
1977100,0000.00%
1976100,0000.00%
1975100,000-94.46%-1,705,165
19741,805,16519.01%288,295
19731,516,87018.98%241,947
19721,274,92319.03%203,870
19711,071,05319.01%171,053
1970900,00018.92%143,193
1969756,80718.89%120,259
1968636,54818.95%101,405
1967535,14318.92%85,143
1966450,0003.21%13,999
1965436,0013.21%13,546
1964422,4553.22%13,160
1963409,2953.21%12,733
1962396,5621.19%4,663
1961391,8990.67%2,619
1960389,2800.67%2,608
1959386,6720.67%2,587
1958384,0850.67%2,570
1957381,5150.67%2,550
1956378,9650.67%2,539
1955376,4260.67%2,518
1954373,9080.67%2,502
1953371,4060.67%2,482
1952368,9240.67%2,472
1951366,4520.67%2,452
1950364,0000.00%

Phnom Penh Population Data (Urban Area)

Other Cities in Cambodia

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

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