Riyadh Population 2022

7,538,200
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Riyadh is the capital city of Saudi Arabia. It is the highest populated city in the country and is situated on a plateau in the center of the Arabian Peninsula. It has been a growing city since the 14th century and has been known by many names throughout history. Modern day Riyadh is a thriving metropolis within Saudi Arabia and is its crowning jewel for commerce in the country.

City Size and Population Density

The city of Riyadh covers a total surface area of 1,798 kilometers squared (694 sq miles). The population density comes to approximately 4,300 people living per square kilomter (11,000 residents per square mile).

Demographics of Riyadh

The city of Riyadh has not had a census since 2010 and therefore some of the population numbers are quite out dated or are based on estimation alone. What is known is that the city's population is divided into Saudi and non-Saudi residents. The total number of people within Riyadh, as of 2010, was 6,505,509 people, and the majority of the city's residents are made up of Saudi people. 4,506,321 people are Saudi, which equates to 69.3% of the total population. Riyadh residents make up 23.3% of all Saudis in Saudi Arabia. Non-Saudi residents total 30.7% of the total population of Riyadh, or 1,999,188 people. The non-Saudi population of Riyadh makes up 29.6% of the total number of non-Saudis in the country. The population of Riyadh represents 24.9% of the total population of Saudi Arabia. The number of males outnumber the number of females, with 55% of the city male and 45% female.

Households in Riyadh

Within Riyadh, there are 1,115,877 households making up 24.8% of all households in the entire country. Again, the numbers are split between Saudis and non-Saudis. The Saudi household population is 681,591, making up 22.7% of all Saudi households in Saudi Arabia. The average Saudi household in Riyadh has 6.6 people. The numbers for the non-Saudi population are quite a bit lower with only 474,286 in the city. The non-Saudi household population makes up 28.6% of all non-Saudi households in the country. The average size of a non-Saudi family household is quite a bit lower with 4.2 people.

A unique aspect of Riyadh is the fact that it not only has many nuclear families consisting of parents and children, but the traditional extended family in which parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and children stay in the same household is still a part of the culture. Currently, 75% of the homes in Riyadh are considered nuclear. The previous census of 1996 indicated that only 67% of the households were considered nuclear. However, the tradition of extended families living together is slowly moving away from the norm in Riyadh.

Education

One of the most important aspects of any country is how it educates its young people. The city of Riyadh maintains very high expectations of its young people with regard to education. The numbers from the 2009 census indicate that 92% of the population from ages 6 to 22 are actively enrolled in some form of education. Only 8% of the total number of people in the city are illiterate. That is quite an achievement as many densely populated cities suffer from high illiteracy rates.

Year Population
1950111,123
1951114,923
1952118,858
1953122,917
1954127,121
1955131,468
1956135,970
1957140,613
1958145,421
1959150,394
1960155,544
1961160,856
1962166,357
1963179,370
1964201,715
1965226,770
1966254,977
1967286,694
1968322,408
1969362,454
1970407,540
1971458,234
1972515,317
1973579,324
1974651,386
1975710,374
1976768,894
1977832,054
1978900,500
1979974,576
19801,054,860
19811,141,510
19821,235,412
19831,337,038
19841,447,182
19851,566,059
19861,694,884
19871,834,307
19881,985,416
19892,148,505
19902,325,243
19912,516,520
19922,723,829
19932,844,967
19942,938,424
19953,034,951
19963,134,789
19973,237,622
19983,343,978
19993,453,827
20003,567,444
20013,684,470
20023,805,504
20033,930,515
20044,059,812
20054,252,232
20064,470,513
20074,700,000
20084,867,609
20095,040,709
20105,220,217
20115,406,118
20125,598,638
20135,798,015
20146,004,492
20156,218,322
20166,439,767
20176,669,098
20186,906,595
20197,070,665
20207,231,447
20217,387,817
20227,538,200
20237,682,430
20247,820,551
20257,952,861
20268,079,944
20278,202,462
20288,320,907
20298,435,667
20308,547,001
20318,655,308
20328,760,826
20338,863,409
20348,962,679
20359,058,394

Riyadh Population 2022

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
1950111,1230.00%
1951114,9233.42%3,800
1952118,8583.42%3,935
1953122,9173.41%4,059
1954127,1213.42%4,204
1955131,4683.42%4,347
1956135,9703.42%4,502
1957140,6133.41%4,643
1958145,4213.42%4,808
1959150,3943.42%4,973
1960155,5443.42%5,150
1961160,8563.42%5,312
1962166,3573.42%5,501
1963179,3707.82%13,013
1964201,71512.46%22,345
1965226,77012.42%25,055
1966254,97712.44%28,207
1967286,69412.44%31,717
1968322,40812.46%35,714
1969362,45412.42%40,046
1970407,54012.44%45,086
1971458,23412.44%50,694
1972515,31712.46%57,083
1973579,32412.42%64,007
1974651,38612.44%72,062
1975710,3749.06%58,988
1976768,8948.24%58,520
1977832,0548.21%63,160
1978900,5008.23%68,446
1979974,5768.23%74,076
19801,054,8608.24%80,284
19811,141,5108.21%86,650
19821,235,4128.23%93,902
19831,337,0388.23%101,626
19841,447,1828.24%110,144
19851,566,0598.21%118,877
19861,694,8848.23%128,825
19871,834,3078.23%139,423
19881,985,4168.24%151,109
19892,148,5058.21%163,089
19902,325,2438.23%176,738
19912,516,5208.23%191,277
19922,723,8298.24%207,309
19932,844,9674.45%121,138
19942,938,4243.28%93,457
19953,034,9513.28%96,527
19963,134,7893.29%99,838
19973,237,6223.28%102,833
19983,343,9783.29%106,356
19993,453,8273.28%109,849
20003,567,4443.29%113,617
20013,684,4703.28%117,026
20023,805,5043.28%121,034
20033,930,5153.29%125,011
20044,059,8123.29%129,297
20054,252,2324.74%192,420
20064,470,5135.13%218,281
20074,700,0005.13%229,487
20084,867,6093.57%167,609
20095,040,7093.56%173,100
20105,220,2173.56%179,508
20115,406,1183.56%185,901
20125,598,6383.56%192,520
20135,798,0153.56%199,377
20146,004,4923.56%206,477
20156,218,3223.56%213,830
20166,439,7673.56%221,445
20176,669,0983.56%229,331
20186,906,5953.56%237,497
20197,070,6652.38%164,070
20207,231,4472.27%160,782
20217,387,8172.16%156,370
20227,538,2002.04%150,383
20237,682,4301.91%144,230
20247,820,5511.80%138,121
20257,952,8611.69%132,310
20268,079,9441.60%127,083
20278,202,4621.52%122,518
20288,320,9071.44%118,445
20298,435,6671.38%114,760
20308,547,0011.32%111,334
20318,655,3081.27%108,307
20328,760,8261.22%105,518
20338,863,4091.17%102,583
20348,962,6791.12%99,270
20359,058,3941.07%95,715

Riyadh Population Data (Urban Area)

Name 2022 Population 2022 Growth
Riyadh7,538,2002.04%
Jiddah4,780,7401.79%
Mecca2,114,6751.73%
Medina1,545,4201.84%
Ad Dammam1,304,6882.00%
Hufuf Mubarraz860,3531.40%
Taif701,6750.98%
Buraydah699,7562.21%
Tabuk677,0421.48%
Jubayl654,5683.73%
Khamis Mushayt563,5111.43%
Najran426,9531.95%
Ha'il412,6901.51%
Hafar Al Batin364,7611.58%
Thuqbah359,8842.27%
Yanbu Al Bahr350,6982.24%
Khubar346,5782.52%

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