Tianjin Population 2021

13,794,450
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Tianjin's 2021 population is now estimated at 13,794,450. In 1950, the population of Tianjin was 2,467,096. Tianjin has grown by 205,372 since 2015, which represents a 1.51% 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 Tianjin, which typically includes Tianjin's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Tianjin is a city located in China, located along the northern coast. The metropolis is the largest coastal city in the country, and it is one of four municipalities and one of five of China’s national central cities. As of 2016, there is a metro population of 11.558 million.

The metro population of Tianjin is 11,558,000. Within the city, the population is just over 1 million. Tianjin is the largest port in the north, which has led to its role as a major trade center.

City Size and Poplation Density

The city of Tianjin covers an expansive surface area of 11,946 kilometers squared (4,612 square miles). The population density is climbing upwards of 1,300 people living per square kilometer (3,400 residents per square mile).

Tianjin Demographics

Tianjin’s urban population is the 4th largest in China, coming in behind Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou. As of 2015, the municipality has a population of over 15 million. According to data from 2009, almost 10 million people in Tianjin were permanent residents. The majority of residents live in the urban area, which has seen rapid growth over the last few years. Tianjin is split into 15 districts and three counties.

In 1953, the municipality had a population of 2.6 million. Between 1953 and 1982, the population increased to 7.7 million, a 188.2% increase. Just eight years later, the population exceeded 8.7 million, and in 2000, the population almost reached 10 million. 2010 saw an increase to almost 13 million, while the last estimates from 2015 show that the municipality population has surpassed 15 million.

Over 97% of people in Tianjin are Han Chinese. Minority groups in the city include Koreans, Manchu, Zhuang, Hui and Tuija. Fifty-one out of the total 55 minor Chinese ethnic groups have settled in Tianjin. Indigenous religions prevail in the city. Tianjin is tolerant of other religions, including Catholicism and Buddhism. About 1.5% of the area practices Christianity, and there are also a large amount of Muslims, as Tianjin has been called “a strong center of Islam.”

The nominal GDP of Tianjin as documented in 2009 was $54.4 million. The manufacturing sector is the largest industry in the area, as well as the fastest growing. Other major industries include textiles, auto manufacturing, metalworking and petrochemical.

Tianjin History

Sedimentation from rivers entering the Bohai Bay led to the development of the land that is now known as Tianjin. During the Sui Dynasty, the opening of the Grand Canal of China led to the development of Tianjin as a major port in China.

Tianjin was once known as Zhigu, but the name was changed to Tianjin, or “Heaven Ford” in 1404. In 1858, the signing of the Treaties of Tianjin opened the city to foreign trade. In 1927, Tianjin was designated as a municipality of China.

Communist forces took over the city in 1949, and the city remained a municipality, with the exception of the period between 1958 and 1967 when it was demoted to the capital of Hebei, another province in China. Economic reforms were put into place during the 1970s, which led to rapid development of the city.

Tianjin Population Growth

Tianjin has seen rapid growth in past decades, and according to future forecasts, growth will remain steady for the area. 2016’s population of 11.5 million is expected to increase to 12.8 million in 2020. By 2030, the population is expected to exceed 14.6 million by 2030.

Tianjin Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
203516,445,8980.69%113,059
203416,332,8390.78%126,087
203316,206,7520.87%139,686
203216,067,0660.97%153,604
203115,913,4621.07%168,222
203015,745,2401.18%182,871
202915,562,3691.28%197,185
202815,365,1841.39%210,237
202715,154,9471.48%221,462
202614,933,4851.56%229,405
202514,704,0801.61%233,207
202414,470,8731.63%232,230
202314,238,6431.62%226,815
202214,011,8281.58%217,378
202113,794,4501.51%205,372
202013,589,0781.44%192,676
201913,396,4021.37%181,612
201813,214,7901.34%174,126
201713,040,6641.33%171,596
201612,869,0682.82%353,027
201512,516,0414.32%517,796
201411,998,2454.32%496,375
201311,501,8704.31%475,198
201211,026,6724.32%456,796
201110,569,8764.14%419,800
201010,150,0763.78%370,014
20099,780,0623.78%356,043
20089,424,0193.79%344,010
20079,080,0093.78%331,005
20068,749,0043.78%318,939
20058,430,0653.78%306,897
20048,123,1683.79%296,524
20037,826,6443.78%285,315
20027,541,3293.78%274,914
20017,266,4153.97%277,688
20006,988,7274.37%292,739
19996,695,9884.37%280,100
19986,415,8884.37%268,382
19976,147,5064.36%256,810
19965,890,6964.37%246,745
19955,643,9514.37%236,092
19945,407,8594.37%226,216
19935,181,6434.36%216,460
19924,965,1834.37%207,979
19914,757,2044.37%198,998
19904,558,2062.15%96,148
19894,462,0582.15%93,991
19884,368,0672.16%92,263
19874,275,8042.15%90,191
19864,185,6132.15%88,290
19854,097,3232.15%86,307
19844,011,0162.16%84,721
19833,926,2952.15%82,819
19823,843,4761.23%46,817
19813,796,6591.23%46,183
19803,750,4761.23%45,746
19793,704,7301.23%45,127
19783,659,6031.23%44,577
19773,615,0261.23%43,974
19763,571,0521.23%43,557
19753,527,4951.23%42,968
19743,484,5271.23%42,445
19733,442,0821.23%41,870
19723,400,2121.23%41,474
19713,358,7381.23%40,912
19703,317,8261.23%40,414
19693,277,4121.23%39,867
19683,237,5451.23%39,490
19673,198,0551.23%38,955
19663,159,1001.23%38,480
19653,120,6201.23%37,960
19643,082,6601.23%37,600
19633,045,0601.23%37,092
19623,007,9681.23%36,639
19612,971,3291.23%36,144
19602,935,1851.23%35,802
19592,899,3831.23%35,317
19582,864,0661.23%34,886
19572,829,1801.23%34,415
19562,794,7651.23%34,089
19552,760,6761.23%33,627
19542,727,0491.23%33,218
19532,693,8312.97%77,698
19522,616,1332.98%75,663
19512,540,4702.97%73,374
19502,467,0960.00%

Tianjin Population Data (Urban Area)

Name 2021 Population 2021 Growth
Shanghai27,795,7022.72%
Beijing20,896,8202.12%
Chongqing16,382,3763.21%
Tianjin13,794,4501.51%
Guangzhou13,635,3972.51%
Shenzhen12,591,6961.90%
Chengdu9,305,1161.85%
Nanjing9,143,9803.35%
Wuhan8,473,4051.30%
Xi An Shaanxi8,274,6513.42%
Hangzhou7,845,5012.66%
Dongguan7,451,8890.59%
Suzhou7,427,0965.05%
Foshan7,406,7511.09%
Shenyang7,373,6552.13%
Haerbin6,526,4392.18%
Dalian5,775,9382.81%
Qingdao5,742,4862.18%
Ji Nan Shandong5,513,5972.86%
Zhengzhou5,510,3413.53%

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  1. National Bureau of Statistics of China - China information, data and statistics
  2. World Urbanization Prospects - United Nations population estimates and projections of major Urban Agglomerations

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