Riga Population 2021

627,763
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Riga's 2021 population is now estimated at 627,763. In 1950, the population of Riga was 490,423. Riga has grown by -2,929 since 2015, which represents a -0.46% 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 Riga, which typically includes Riga's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Riga is Latvia’s capital city. In addition to being the capital, it is also the largest city by population, with over one-third of the country’s population living within the city.

Population Size of Riga

It is also the most populous across all of the Baltic states, boasting a population of 641,423 per 2017 data.

City Size and Population Density

The city has an overall area of 125 square miles (324 kilometers squared), with a population density of 5,100 people per square mile (2,000/km2). In addition to having a large population, Riga is also a popular tourist destination, with 2.3 million visitors coming to the city in 2016. The metro area, known as the Riga Planning Region, has a population that exceeds 1 million as of 2017.

Demographics of Riga Population

Over 44% of Riga residents are native to Latvia. Latvians made up 44.03% of the population of Riga, while ethnic Russians formed 37.88%, Belarusians 3.72%, Ukrainians 3.66%, Poles 1.83% and other ethnicities 8.10%. There is also a high percentage of Russian residents, making up over 37% of the population. Other ethnicities include Ukrainians, Poles and Belarusians. The high rate of Russians living in Riga is expected to decline in the years to come as emigration continues.

History Notes

Latvia, with Riga as its capital city, declared its independence on 18 November 1918 after the Armistice forced a previous treaty to be renounced. Latvia was occupied by the Soviet Union in June 1940 and then was occupied by Nazi Germany in 1941–1944. The Rumbula massacre occurred near this time as well, very close to Riga.

Population Growth in Riga

Despite having the highest population in the country, it has actually declined from numbers posted in the 1990s. During that time, the population exceeded 900,000 but has dropped in recent years due to low birth rates and emigration. In fact, the city has been predicted to see its population cut in half by the year 2050 due to continued emigration and low birth rates.

Riga Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
2035588,489-0.45%-2,673
2034591,162-0.45%-2,684
2033593,846-0.45%-2,696
2032596,542-0.45%-2,709
2031599,251-0.45%-2,721
2030601,972-0.45%-2,734
2029604,706-0.45%-2,745
2028607,451-0.45%-2,759
2027610,210-0.45%-2,770
2026612,980-0.45%-2,784
2025615,764-0.45%-2,796
2024618,560-0.45%-2,809
2023621,369-0.57%-3,556
2022624,925-0.45%-2,838
2021627,763-0.46%-2,929
2020630,692-0.49%-3,128
2019633,820-0.51%-3,269
2018637,089-0.45%-2,893
2017639,982-0.45%-2,906
2016642,888-0.45%-2,927
2015645,815-0.45%-2,937
2014648,752-0.45%-2,950
2013651,702-0.45%-2,959
2012654,661-0.45%-2,981
2011657,642-1.05%-7,003
2010664,645-1.35%-9,124
2009673,769-1.35%-9,236
2008683,005-1.36%-9,389
2007692,394-1.35%-9,504
2006701,898-1.35%-9,635
2005711,533-1.35%-9,754
2004721,287-1.36%-9,915
2003731,202-1.35%-10,037
2002741,239-1.35%-10,175
2001751,414-1.35%-10,300
2000761,714-1.25%-9,624
1999771,338-1.28%-9,998
1998781,336-1.38%-10,970
1997792,306-2.21%-17,866
1996810,172-1.80%-14,816
1995824,988-2.20%-18,564
1994843,552-1.56%-13,388
1993856,940-2.25%-19,733
1992876,673-2.06%-18,453
1991895,126-1.07%-9,694
1990904,820-0.48%-4,361
1989909,1810.49%4,457
1988904,7240.94%8,398
1987896,3260.94%8,308
1986888,0180.94%8,230
1985879,7880.93%8,144
1984871,6440.94%8,090
1983863,5540.94%8,004
1982855,5500.94%7,930
1981847,6200.93%7,846
1980839,7740.94%7,794
1979831,9801.25%10,269
1978821,7111.51%12,220
1977809,4911.51%12,022
1976797,4691.51%11,876
1975785,5931.51%11,683
1974773,9101.51%11,510
1973762,4001.51%11,322
1972751,0781.51%11,185
1971739,8931.69%12,299
1970727,5941.99%14,211
1969713,3831.99%13,913
1968699,4701.99%13,680
1967685,7901.99%13,394
1966672,3961.99%13,132
1965659,2641.99%12,858
1964646,4061.99%12,642
1963633,7641.99%12,378
1962621,3861.99%12,136
1961609,2501.99%11,883
1960597,3671.99%11,682
1959585,6851.99%11,439
1958574,2461.99%11,215
1957563,0311.99%10,982
1956552,0491.99%10,796
1955541,2531.99%10,571
1954530,6821.99%10,365
1953520,3171.99%10,148
1952510,1691.99%9,977
1951500,1921.99%9,769
1950490,4230.00%

Riga Population Data (Urban Area)

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

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