Tripoli Population 2021

1,169,790
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Tripoli's 2021 population is now estimated at 1,169,790. In 1950, the population of Tripoli was 105,876. Tripoli has grown by 4,705 since 2015, which represents a 0.40% 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 Tripoli, which typically includes Tripoli's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Tripoli is the capital of Libya. In addition to serving as the capital city, it is also the largest city in the country by population. According to data from the CIA World Factbook, the city has a population of over 1.1 million as of 2015. The city, which is known as Tripoli of the West to set it apart from its sister city sharing the same name in Lebanon, has a long and interesting history and plays an important role to the economy of Libya.

City Size and Population Density

The city has a total population of 1,126,000 people. The total surface area of Tripoli comes to 400 km2 (200 sq mi). When considering the size of the country, this means that the total population density is 12,000 people per square mile.

Tripoli Demographics

Most people in Tripoli and Libya as a whole are Muslim. There are also small Christian communities to be found throughout the city, primarily for the benefit of foreigners. Most people that live in Tripoli are of the Berber origin. There are also Arabs and Arab-Berbers, Tauregs, and others throughout the area. The foreign population includes residents from all over the world, including Egypt, Tunisia, Greece, Pakistan and India. Most immigrants are migrant workers from Egypt and Tunisia.

Tripoli History

The history of Tripoli began back when it was founded during the 7th century by the Phoenicians. The city exchanged hands many times throughout its history, including being ruled by the dynasty of Cairo, Egypt. The city has also been under rule of the Berber Almohad empire, Hafsids kingdom, and was part of the Ottoman Empire in the 16th through 19th centuries. After the death of the Ottoman governor in 1711, the city was established as semi-independent during the Karamanli dynasty. The Ottoman Empire again regained control in the 1800s.

When the 19th century arrived, the regency of Tripoli became embattled in a war with the US. The pasha of Tripoli demanded pay from the US government for protecting their commerce from pirates. Thomas Jefferson refused to pay and the naval force was used to blockade the city. During the First Barbary War, the Philadelphia frigate was taken, its crew were taken as prisoners, and the captain surrendered. The next year, a naval lieutenant led a successful mission to set the captured warship on fire.

In 1805, the pasha of Tripoli received money as a ransom for those who were taken from the Philadelphia. Later, in 1815, the US captains returned to make demands of the pasha in what was known as the Second Barbary War.

In the early 1900s, Italy declared war against the Ottomans and planned to annex Tripoli. The Italians were successful, and in the years to follow, the population increased significantly and the city began to expand, including the addition of a hospital and sewage system. The Italians also put a focus on boosting the economy by founding the Tripoli International Fair, a railway station, and the Tripoli Grand Prix. The Italians continued to rule the city until the 1940s. The city was captured by Allied forces and went under British rule until it was declared independent in 1951.

Tripoli Population Growth

Tripoli is a hub for banking, communication and finance. It is also a leader in commercial businesses and manufacturing. It has also become a tourist hotspot, attracting visitors from all over the world. Because of the increase in tourism, the city will be constructing new towers, hotels, parking and restaurants. The city, however, has faced hard times, and its economy has suffered significantly due to rising inflation and the effects of the Libyan Civil War, among other political and social issues. However, despite these issues, the population of Tripoli is expected to continue to grow as it attracts more immigrants and continues its expansion.

Tripoli Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
20351,338,8800.97%12,893
20341,325,9871.00%13,184
20331,312,8031.04%13,484
20321,299,3191.07%13,777
20311,285,5421.10%14,034
20301,271,5081.13%14,185
20291,257,3231.14%14,166
20281,243,1571.13%13,925
20271,229,2321.10%13,381
20261,215,8511.04%12,460
20251,203,3910.92%10,955
20241,192,4360.77%9,144
20231,183,2920.63%7,462
20221,175,8300.52%6,040
20211,169,7900.40%4,705
20201,165,0850.36%4,167
20191,160,9180.27%3,172
20181,157,7460.70%8,016
20171,149,7300.70%7,961
20161,141,7690.70%7,906
20151,133,8630.70%7,850
20141,126,0130.70%7,797
20131,118,2160.70%7,743
20121,110,4730.70%7,688
20111,102,7850.70%7,636
20101,095,1490.70%7,583
20091,087,5660.70%7,530
20081,080,0360.70%7,479
20071,072,5570.70%7,426
20061,065,1310.70%7,375
20051,057,7560.70%7,314
20041,050,4420.70%7,285
20031,043,1570.70%7,222
20021,035,9350.70%7,173
20011,028,7620.70%7,114
20001,021,6480.70%7,084
19991,014,5640.70%7,025
19981,007,5390.70%6,976
19971,000,5630.70%6,919
1996993,6440.97%9,571
1995984,0732.68%25,660
1994958,4132.68%24,991
1993933,4222.67%24,306
1992909,1162.68%23,738
1991885,3782.68%23,087
1990862,2912.68%22,484
1989839,8072.67%21,869
1988817,9382.68%21,357
1987796,5812.68%20,771
1986775,8102.68%20,230
1985755,5802.67%19,675
1984735,9052.68%19,215
1983716,6902.68%18,688
1982698,0022.68%18,201
1981679,8012.67%17,702
1980662,0992.68%17,288
1979644,8112.68%16,814
1978627,9972.68%16,375
1977611,6222.67%15,927
1976595,6952.68%15,554
1975580,1412.68%15,127
1974565,0143.35%18,296
1973546,71811.11%54,645
1972492,07311.14%49,311
1971442,76211.12%44,313
1970398,44911.12%39,877
1969358,57211.10%35,839
1968322,73311.14%32,342
1967290,39111.12%29,064
1966261,32711.12%26,153
1965235,17410.60%22,538
1964212,6365.11%10,344
1963202,2925.11%9,828
1962192,4645.11%9,351
1961183,1135.10%8,884
1960174,2295.11%8,476
1959165,7535.11%8,053
1958157,7005.11%7,661
1957150,0395.10%7,280
1956142,7595.11%6,945
1955135,8145.11%6,598
1954129,2165.11%6,278
1953122,9385.10%5,965
1952116,9735.11%5,690
1951111,2835.11%5,407
1950105,8760.00%

Tripoli Population Data (Urban Area)

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

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