Sarajevo Population 2022

344,481
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Sarajevo is located in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is the capital city and it is also the largest by population. According to recent numbers, the population is just over 275,000 within the city limits. However, when taking the full metropolitan area into consideration, this number exceeds 555,000.

Sarajevo Demographics

When breaking down the population of Sarajevo by ethnicity, the primary group that resides in the city of Sarajevo are Bosniaks. They make up over 80% of the population. There are also populations of Serbs, Croats, and other minority ethnic groups living within the capital city.

The city has a population density of about 5,630 people per square mile. The Novo Sarajevo region is the most densely population, with over 19,000 residents per square mile.

Sarajevo History

Sarajevo has a history that dates back to the Neolithic Butmir culture. During its earliest days, the area which now makes up Sarajevo was also inhabited by the Illyrians. The city of Sarajevo was not founded until the 1450s, and it was founded by the Ottoman Empire. At the time, Sarajevo was the site of multiple villages, which were transformed. The city was turned into a capital and with it came changes including the construction of a hostel, marketplace, mosque, and castle. This is when the city became the largest in the area.

Sarajevo began to grow at a very fast rate. It was considered the most important city in the Balkans, and the population hit 80,000 around the mid 1600s.

Over the next few hundred years, Sarajevo became the site for multiple wars, including the Great Turkish War and battles held during the Bosnian uprising in the 1800s. By the mid-1800s, the city was considered an important administrative center.

In the late 1800s, the city was occupied by Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the early 1900s, the city was annexed. The city was a center for industrialization and became a testing site for many inventions.

During the Austro-Hungarian period, the city saw massive growth and redevelopment, including the construction of a City Hall and the Cathedral of Sacred Heart. The city also became the first in the area to have its own tramway.

In 1914, many of the people of Sarajevo rioted against the Serbs following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie. During the riots and the war, most of Sarajevo was left intact. After the war, the city went under the rule of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

After the war, the city also changed in other ways. It was no longer the capital city and it was not as influential as it had once been. The city was involved in the second World War, with the Kingdom of Yugoslavia being overtaken by the Italians and the Germans. The city was captured in the 1940s and was included as part of the Independent State of Croatia by Axis powers.

When the war ended, the city was designated as the capital of the Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The government, the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, invested money to transform the city, including the development of new residential dwellings. The city grew immensely during this time period.

During the 1990s, the Bosnian War sought independence for its people. The city declared independence from Yugoslavia and as a result was sieged by the Serbian army. The city was blockaded and many people lost their lives, including thousands of children. Today, Sarajevo is a modern city. It is home to the tallest skyscraper in the Balkans, and it has seen steady population growth, as well as a thriving tourism industry.

Sarajevo Population Growth

What’s interesting about the population of Sarajevo is that the last official population of Yugoslav was taken in 1991. A census for Sarajevo after becoming independent was not performed until 2013, so there isn’t a record of recent trends and population changes. However, data that is known shows that the city has seen several years of increasing population since declaring its independence. As the city continues to expand and modernize, it can only be expected that the population will continue to grow.

Year Population
1950123,509
1951128,013
1952132,687
1953137,315
1954141,486
1955145,784
1956150,218
1957154,775
1958159,476
1959164,320
1960169,319
1961174,647
1962180,741
1963187,047
1964193,583
1965200,327
1966207,317
1967214,551
1968222,047
1969229,784
1970237,801
1971245,635
1972252,320
1973259,168
1974266,212
1975273,447
1976280,889
1977288,513
1978296,354
1979304,409
1980312,694
1981319,547
1982321,659
1983323,784
1984325,926
1985328,077
1986330,245
1987332,427
1988334,627
1989336,835
1990339,061
1991340,746
1992340,814
1993340,881
1994340,949
1995341,017
1996341,085
1997341,152
1998341,220
1999341,288
2000341,355
2001341,423
2002341,491
2003341,559
2004341,626
2005341,694
2006341,762
2007341,830
2008341,898
2009341,965
2010342,033
2011342,101
2012342,169
2013342,237
2014342,305
2015342,373
2016342,441
2017342,509
2018342,577
2019342,743
2020343,089
2021343,661
2022344,481
2023345,549
2024346,859
2025348,404
2026350,162
2027352,086
2028354,128
2029356,243
2030358,387
2031360,528
2032362,642
2033364,717
2034366,739
2035368,701

Sarajevo Population 2022

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
1950123,5090.00%
1951128,0133.65%4,504
1952132,6873.65%4,674
1953137,3153.49%4,628
1954141,4863.04%4,171
1955145,7843.04%4,298
1956150,2183.04%4,434
1957154,7753.03%4,557
1958159,4763.04%4,701
1959164,3203.04%4,844
1960169,3193.04%4,999
1961174,6473.15%5,328
1962180,7413.49%6,094
1963187,0473.49%6,306
1964193,5833.49%6,536
1965200,3273.48%6,744
1966207,3173.49%6,990
1967214,5513.49%7,234
1968222,0473.49%7,496
1969229,7843.48%7,737
1970237,8013.49%8,017
1971245,6353.29%7,834
1972252,3202.72%6,685
1973259,1682.71%6,848
1974266,2122.72%7,044
1975273,4472.72%7,235
1976280,8892.72%7,442
1977288,5132.71%7,624
1978296,3542.72%7,841
1979304,4092.72%8,055
1980312,6942.72%8,285
1981319,5472.19%6,853
1982321,6590.66%2,112
1983323,7840.66%2,125
1984325,9260.66%2,142
1985328,0770.66%2,151
1986330,2450.66%2,168
1987332,4270.66%2,182
1988334,6270.66%2,200
1989336,8350.66%2,208
1990339,0610.66%2,226
1991340,7460.50%1,685
1992340,8140.02%68
1993340,8810.02%67
1994340,9490.02%68
1995341,0170.02%68
1996341,0850.02%68
1997341,1520.02%67
1998341,2200.02%68
1999341,2880.02%68
2000341,3550.02%67
2001341,4230.02%68
2002341,4910.02%68
2003341,5590.02%68
2004341,6260.02%67
2005341,6940.02%68
2006341,7620.02%68
2007341,8300.02%68
2008341,8980.02%68
2009341,9650.02%67
2010342,0330.02%68
2011342,1010.02%68
2012342,1690.02%68
2013342,2370.02%68
2014342,3050.02%68
2015342,3730.02%68
2016342,4410.02%68
2017342,5090.02%68
2018342,5770.02%68
2019342,7430.05%166
2020343,0890.10%346
2021343,6610.17%572
2022344,4810.24%820
2023345,5490.31%1,068
2024346,8590.38%1,310
2025348,4040.45%1,545
2026350,1620.50%1,758
2027352,0860.55%1,924
2028354,1280.58%2,042
2029356,2430.60%2,115
2030358,3870.60%2,144
2031360,5280.60%2,141
2032362,6420.59%2,114
2033364,7170.57%2,075
2034366,7390.55%2,022
2035368,7010.53%1,962

Sarajevo Population Data (Urban Area)

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