Valencia Population 2021

835,341
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Valencia's 2021 population is now estimated at 835,341. In 1950, the population of Valencia was 505,979. Valencia has grown by 1,617 since 2015, which represents a 0.19% 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 Valencia, which typically includes Valencia's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Valencia is a city that is located along the east coast of Spain. The city is one of the largest in the country in terms of population, falling only behind Barcelona and Madrid.

The population as of 2015 was estimated to be 790,201 residents. This reflects a decrease from 2010, when the population exceeded 800,000, according to the National Statistics Institute. The urban area has a population that exceeds 1.5 million.

City Size and Population Density

The city of Valencia covers a surface area of about 134.65 km2 (51.99 sq mi). When combined with the growing population, the density of that population living in the city itself comes to approximately 5,800 residents per square kilometer (15,000/sq mi).

Valencia Demographics

The city of Valencia is considered a bilingual city. The two official languages are Valencian and Spanish. Spanish is currently the predominant language throughout the city proper, but schools in the city teach both languages, so most residents have at least a basic understanding of both languages.

The city is the third largest in Spain and one of the most populous in the European Union. In recent years, there has been a significant amount of growth when it comes to foreign-born residents. Growth of 14% was recorded between 2007 and 2008. The growth in 2009 was 9.1%. Most of the foreign-born population comes from the countries of Italy, Romania and Bolivia.

Valencia History

Valencia is one of the oldest cities in Spain, believed to have been founded around 138 BC. In early years, the city was under Christian rule, until it was put under Muslim rule in the 1100s. The city experienced hundreds of years of hardships, including what was known as the Black Death of 1348 and a series of wars and riots.

During the 15th and 16th centuries, the city had rebounded and became quite prosperous. However, the discovery of America had a major impact on trade, throwing the city into an economic crisis. The crisis only continued when Jews and Moriscos were expelled from the city during the 17th century. During the 18th century, the city changed hands to the English and was governed under the Castilian Charter. The city also saw its economy recover through the manufacturing of tile and silk.

In the 20th century, Valencia was industrialized and its economy was reliant on the production of wood, metal, hides, and exports of citrus fruit and wine. Larger companies were beginning to make their mark on the city during this time period. However, World War I had negative effects on the economy, impacting the trade of citrus.

The economy was beginning to flourish again during the 1960s and the population grew. The city also became known for its culture, including its museums. Today, the city still has a strong culture, many historic landmarks, festivals, sports teams, and attractions that appeal to residents and tourists alike.

Valencia Population Growth

Valencia has recently experienced declining populations, along with other Spanish cities along the cost. An aging population is one contributing factor to the decline in population. Also, many residents are moving from Valencia and other coastal cities to move to larger cities. Foreigners are also returning to their home countries. Valencia’s industries have the capabilities to lure in younger residents, but only time will tell if it will be enough to sustain the city’s role as one of the largest in Spain.

Valencia Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
2035858,6320.18%1,536
2034857,0960.19%1,590
2033855,5060.19%1,646
2032853,8600.20%1,707
2031852,1530.21%1,765
2030850,3880.21%1,822
2029848,5660.22%1,854
2028846,7120.22%1,846
2027844,8660.21%1,795
2026843,0710.20%1,717
2025841,3540.19%1,584
2024839,7700.18%1,469
2023838,3010.17%1,444
2022836,8570.18%1,516
2021835,3410.19%1,617
2020833,7240.23%1,909
2019831,8150.23%1,936
2018829,8790.70%5,788
2017824,0910.70%5,747
2016818,3440.70%5,708
2015812,6360.70%5,668
2014806,9680.70%5,628
2013801,3400.70%5,589
2012795,7510.70%5,566
2011790,1850.70%5,518
2010784,6670.70%5,481
2009779,1860.70%5,434
2008773,7520.70%5,412
2007768,3400.70%5,366
2006762,9740.70%5,329
2005757,6450.70%5,285
2004752,3600.70%5,262
2003747,0980.70%5,218
2002741,8800.30%2,238
2001739,642-0.48%-3,569
2000743,211-0.48%-3,597
1999746,808-0.48%-3,609
1998750,417-0.48%-3,627
1997754,044-0.48%-3,639
1996757,683-0.48%-3,667
1995761,350-0.48%-3,680
1994765,030-0.48%-3,697
1993768,727-0.48%-3,710
1992772,437-0.48%-3,738
1991776,1750.06%485
1990775,6900.34%2,603
1989773,0870.34%2,590
1988770,4970.34%2,589
1987767,9080.34%2,576
1986765,3320.34%2,568
1985762,7640.34%2,556
1984760,2080.34%2,554
1983757,6540.34%2,542
1982755,1120.34%2,533
1981752,5791.03%7,680
1980744,8991.39%10,186
1979734,7131.38%10,032
1978724,6811.38%9,896
1977714,7851.38%9,747
1976705,0381.39%9,640
1975695,3981.38%9,495
1974685,9031.38%9,366
1973676,5371.38%9,226
1972667,3111.39%9,124
1971658,1872.00%12,896
1970645,2912.61%16,433
1969628,8582.61%15,991
1968612,8672.62%15,628
1967597,2392.61%15,208
1966582,0312.61%14,822
1965567,2092.61%14,424
1964552,7852.62%14,095
1963538,6902.61%13,718
1962524,9722.61%13,368
1961511,6041.25%6,338
1960505,266-0.08%-400
1959505,666-0.08%-400
1958506,066-0.08%-400
1957506,466-0.08%-400
1956506,866-0.08%-402
1955507,268-0.08%-401
1954507,669-0.08%-401
1953508,070-0.08%-402
1952508,472-0.08%-402
1951508,8740.57%2,895
1950505,9790.00%

Valencia Population Data (Urban Area)

Name Population 2021 Growth
Madrid6,668,8650.78%
Barcelona5,624,4980.70%
Valencia835,3410.19%
Zaragoza733,8250.41%
Seville702,386-0.20%
Malaga591,0910.18%
Murcia504,4910.94%
Palma472,1401.10%
Las Palmas Gran Canaria402,7320.21%
Alicante372,6650.79%
Bilbao348,518-0.32%
Cordoba344,2140.14%
Vigo307,0560.07%
Valladolid303,613-0.47%

Urban Areas in Spain

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

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