Shantou's 2021 population is now estimated at 4,407,928. In 1950, the population of Shantou was 270,358. Shantou has grown by 80,612 since 2015, which represents a 1.86% 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 Shantou, which typically includes Shantou's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.