Riyadh Population 2021

7,387,817
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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
20359,058,394
20348,962,679
20338,863,409
20328,760,826
20318,655,308
20308,547,001
20298,435,667
20288,320,907
20278,202,462
20268,079,944
20257,952,861
20247,820,551
20237,682,430
20227,538,200
20217,387,817
20207,231,447
20197,070,665
20186,906,595
20176,669,098
20166,439,767
20156,218,322
20146,004,492
20135,798,015
20125,598,638
20115,406,118
20105,220,217
20095,040,709
20084,867,609
20074,700,000
20064,470,513
20054,252,232
20044,059,812
20033,930,515
20023,805,504
20013,684,470
20003,567,444
19993,453,827
19983,343,978
19973,237,622
19963,134,789
19953,034,951
19942,938,424
19932,844,967
19922,723,829
19912,516,520
19902,325,243
19892,148,505
19881,985,416
19871,834,307
19861,694,884
19851,566,059
19841,447,182
19831,337,038
19821,235,412
19811,141,510
19801,054,860
1979974,576
1978900,500
1977832,054
1976768,894
1975710,374
1974651,386
1973579,324
1972515,317
1971458,234
1970407,540
1969362,454
1968322,408
1967286,694
1966254,977
1965226,770
1964201,715
1963179,370
1962166,357
1961160,856
1960155,544
1959150,394
1958145,421
1957140,613
1956135,970
1955131,468
1954127,121
1953122,917
1952118,858
1951114,923
1950111,123

Riyadh Population 2021

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

Riyadh Population Data (Urban Area)

Name 2021 Population 2021 Growth
Riyadh7,387,8172.16%
Jiddah4,696,5351.87%
Mecca2,078,7661.80%
Medina1,517,5011.93%
Ad Dammam1,279,0922.12%
Hufuf Mubarraz848,4791.40%
Taif694,8940.90%
Buraydah684,6262.37%
Tabuk667,1551.50%
Jubayl631,0604.18%
Khamis Mushayt555,5891.44%
Najran418,7922.06%
Ha'il406,5461.54%
Hafar Al Batin359,0941.62%
Thuqbah351,9082.44%
Yanbu Al Bahr343,0302.40%
Khubar338,0722.74%

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