Valencia Population 2022

836,857
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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.

Year Population
1950505,979
1951508,874
1952508,472
1953508,070
1954507,669
1955507,268
1956506,866
1957506,466
1958506,066
1959505,666
1960505,266
1961511,604
1962524,972
1963538,690
1964552,785
1965567,209
1966582,031
1967597,239
1968612,867
1969628,858
1970645,291
1971658,187
1972667,311
1973676,537
1974685,903
1975695,398
1976705,038
1977714,785
1978724,681
1979734,713
1980744,899
1981752,579
1982755,112
1983757,654
1984760,208
1985762,764
1986765,332
1987767,908
1988770,497
1989773,087
1990775,690
1991776,175
1992772,437
1993768,727
1994765,030
1995761,350
1996757,683
1997754,044
1998750,417
1999746,808
2000743,211
2001739,642
2002741,880
2003747,098
2004752,360
2005757,645
2006762,974
2007768,340
2008773,752
2009779,186
2010784,667
2011790,185
2012795,751
2013801,340
2014806,968
2015812,636
2016818,344
2017824,091
2018829,879
2019831,815
2020833,724
2021835,341
2022836,857
2023838,301
2024839,770
2025841,354
2026843,071
2027844,866
2028846,712
2029848,566
2030850,388
2031852,153
2032853,860
2033855,506
2034857,096
2035858,632

Valencia Population 2022

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

Valencia Population Data (Urban Area)

Name 2022 Population 2022 Growth
Madrid6,713,5570.67%
Barcelona5,658,4720.60%
Valencia836,8570.18%
Zaragoza736,4880.36%
Seville701,339-0.15%
Malaga592,0910.17%
Murcia508,5750.81%
Palma476,5850.94%
Las Palmas Gran Canaria403,5070.19%
Alicante375,1950.68%
Bilbao347,648-0.25%
Cordoba344,6950.14%
Vigo307,2830.07%
Valladolid302,470-0.38%

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