Sofia Population 2022

1,286,789
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Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria. Not only is it the capital city, but it is the largest by population, with a city population estimated in late 2015 to be 1,260,120.

The city has a long history that makes it very unique, and today, it is home to many commercial businesses, universities, and has been considered one of the best places for startup businesses in the entire world.

Sofia Demographics

The majority of Sofia’s citizens were born in Bulgaria, accounting for almost 88% of the total population. A total of 1.5% are Romani, 0.5% are Turks, while the remainder of people responding to the census belonged to another group or did not declare their affiliation.

The primary religion in Sofia is Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Over 69% were recorded as following this religion according to the 2011 census. Other religions throughout the city include Protestant, Muslim and Roman Catholic. Over one-quarter of residents did not identify their religion or were classified as non-religious.

The unemployment rate in the area is about 6%. Approximately one-third of the residents in Sofia have earned a college degree. The city has a very high literacy rate, with over 99.6% of residents over the age of 9 being literate.

Sofia History

The city of Sofia is the second oldest in Europe, with humans inhabiting it since at least 8 BC, but it is believed that the area has been inhabited for at least 30,000 years. In the 1870s, the city was liberated from the rule of the Ottomans. By the end of the decade, the city was named as the capital. During this time, the population exceeded 11,000.

In the years that followed, the city’s population continued to grow as migrants made their way into the area. In the early 1900s, Sofia was involved in multiple wars. This included the Second Balkan War, and World War II. During World War II, bombings from the US and the UK destroyed thousands of buildings and killed thousands of people. The city was invaded in 1944 by the Soviet Red Army. The next year, Fatherland Front took control.

In the years that followed, Bulgaria became the People’s Republic of Bulgaria, before changing again in 1990 to the Republic of Bulgaria. The city has continued to see growth, both in terms of dwellings and buildings and its population, which has risen because of migration from rural areas.

Sofia Population Growth

The population of Sofia has grown significantly since the census was first taken in the 1870s. The city through each census has recorded growth. Because of the high rate of immigration to the capital city, these numbers are only expected to continue to grow in the years ahead.

Year Population
20351,268,804
20341,270,987
20331,273,090
20321,275,075
20311,276,894
20301,278,525
20291,279,967
20281,281,225
20271,283,788
20261,284,866
20251,286,460
20241,287,540
20231,288,114
20221,286,789
20211,284,311
20201,280,968
20191,276,937
20181,272,418
20171,266,840
20161,261,286
20151,255,741
20141,250,228
20131,244,740
20121,236,765
20111,226,323
20101,215,983
20091,205,730
20081,195,578
20071,185,484
20061,177,565
20051,168,854
20041,157,368
20031,145,963
20021,132,680
20011,120,411
20001,128,266
19991,136,199
19981,144,176
19971,152,209
19961,160,287
19951,168,445
19941,176,648
19931,184,909
19921,189,835
19911,190,289
19901,190,742
19891,191,196
19881,191,649
19871,192,104
19861,192,558
19851,181,474
19841,159,265
19831,137,414
19821,116,004
19811,094,997
19801,074,414
19791,054,162
19781,034,319
19771,014,850
1976995,774
1975977,004
1974958,614
1973940,570
1972922,889
1971905,494
1970888,449
1969871,726
1968855,339
1967839,217
1966823,420
1965805,615
1964785,106
1963765,065
1962745,562
1961726,557
1960708,061
1959689,987
1958672,398
1957655,257
1956636,637
1955615,880
1954595,828
1953576,429
1952557,686
1951539,504
1950521,938

Sofia Population 2022

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
20351,268,804-0.17%-2,183
20341,270,987-0.17%-2,103
20331,273,090-0.16%-1,985
20321,275,075-0.14%-1,819
20311,276,894-0.13%-1,631
20301,278,525-0.11%-1,442
20291,279,967-0.10%-1,258
20281,281,225-0.20%-2,563
20271,283,788-0.08%-1,078
20261,284,866-0.12%-1,594
20251,286,460-0.08%-1,080
20241,287,540-0.04%-574
20231,288,1140.10%1,325
20221,286,7890.19%2,478
20211,284,3110.26%3,343
20201,280,9680.32%4,031
20191,276,9370.36%4,519
20181,272,4180.44%5,578
20171,266,8400.44%5,554
20161,261,2860.44%5,545
20151,255,7410.44%5,513
20141,250,2280.44%5,488
20131,244,7400.64%7,975
20121,236,7650.85%10,442
20111,226,3230.85%10,340
20101,215,9830.85%10,253
20091,205,7300.85%10,152
20081,195,5780.85%10,094
20071,185,4840.67%7,919
20061,177,5650.75%8,711
20051,168,8540.99%11,486
20041,157,3681.00%11,405
20031,145,9631.17%13,283
20021,132,6801.10%12,269
20011,120,411-0.70%-7,855
20001,128,266-0.70%-7,933
19991,136,199-0.70%-7,977
19981,144,176-0.70%-8,033
19971,152,209-0.70%-8,078
19961,160,287-0.70%-8,158
19951,168,445-0.70%-8,203
19941,176,648-0.70%-8,261
19931,184,909-0.41%-4,926
19921,189,835-0.04%-454
19911,190,289-0.04%-453
19901,190,742-0.04%-454
19891,191,196-0.04%-453
19881,191,649-0.04%-455
19871,192,104-0.04%-454
19861,192,5580.94%11,084
19851,181,4741.92%22,209
19841,159,2651.92%21,851
19831,137,4141.92%21,410
19821,116,0041.92%21,007
19811,094,9971.92%20,583
19801,074,4141.92%20,252
19791,054,1621.92%19,843
19781,034,3191.92%19,469
19771,014,8501.92%19,076
1976995,7741.92%18,770
1975977,0041.92%18,390
1974958,6141.92%18,044
1973940,5701.92%17,681
1972922,8891.92%17,395
1971905,4941.92%17,045
1970888,4491.92%16,723
1969871,7261.92%16,387
1968855,3391.92%16,122
1967839,2171.92%15,797
1966823,4202.21%17,805
1965805,6152.61%20,509
1964785,1062.62%20,041
1963765,0652.62%19,503
1962745,5622.62%19,005
1961726,5572.61%18,496
1960708,0612.62%18,074
1959689,9872.62%17,589
1958672,3982.62%17,141
1957655,2572.92%18,620
1956636,6373.37%20,757
1955615,8803.37%20,052
1954595,8283.37%19,399
1953576,4293.36%18,743
1952557,6863.37%18,182
1951539,5043.37%17,566
1950521,9380.00%

Sofia Population Data (Urban Area)

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