Riyadh Population 2021

7,387,817
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Riyadh's 2021 population is now estimated at 7,387,817. In 1950, the population of Riyadh was 111,123. Riyadh has grown by 156,370 since 2015, which represents a 2.16% 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 Riyadh, which typically includes Riyadh's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

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.

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%

Other Cities in Saudi Arabia

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

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