Wuhan Population 2021

8,473,405
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Wuhan's 2021 population is now estimated at 8,473,405. In 1950, the population of Wuhan was 1,068,258. Wuhan has grown by 108,428 since 2015, which represents a 1.30% 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 Wuhan, which typically includes Wuhan's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Wuhan is a city located in Central China. It is the largest city in the region, and it is also the capital of the Hubei province. This city has the nickname “the Chicago of China” because it is a hub for transportation. The city has a very large population, with the most current estimates putting it at 10,607,700.

City Size and Population Density of Wuhan

The urban outline of the city covers an area of 1,528 km2 (590 sq mi). The sub-provincial and prefecture level of the city expands outward to a total of 8,494.41 km2 (3,279.71 sq mi). The urban population density comes to approximately 1,200/km2 (3,200/sq mi).

Wuhan Demographics

There are many different ethnic groups throughout Wuhan, with the most populous being the Han Chinese. Other minorities include Zhuang, Manchu, Hui and Yi, just to name a few.

Many people have immigrated to Wuhan from other areas in and around China, including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. There are also residents originally from South Korea, the US and Japan.

The official language is Chinese – or Putonghua. There are also other minority languages spoken in the region, such as Yue and Eastern Min.

Wuhan History

Wuhan’s history dates back 3,500 years, making it one of the most ancient cities in China. Since its early days, Wuhan has served as a busy and important port city. It also, in the years that followed, became a city known for its role in the arts.

During the Yuan dynasty, the city was designated as a provincial capital. It was soon after that the city was known for being one of the most important trading cities in China.

Throughout the 19th century, Wuhan continued to grow, including the introduction of the railroad, which further cemented the city’s role as a city of trade.

During the 1920s and 1930s, the city exchanged hands multiple times. In the late 1930s, it was taken by the Japanese and was made a logistics center. In the 1940s, the city was mostly destroyed during firebombing raids. Many lives were lost in the firebombing of Wuhan.

Today, the city is seen as a center for politics, economics, finance, culture and education. It continues to hold its role as a major hub for transportation. The city is even planning to build a hub that will connect five continents.

Wuhan Population Growth

Wuhan has seen a high rate of historic population growth throughout the years. The city is known for being a transportation hub, having a strong economy, and being the site of multiple major industrial zones, offering employment opportunities. Between 2014 and 2015, the population grew by 2.61%. Because of the city’s important roles and opportunities, growth is expected to continue in the years to come.

Wuhan Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
203510,037,9860.69%69,001
20349,968,9850.78%76,942
20339,892,0430.87%85,210
20329,806,8330.96%93,634
20319,713,1991.07%102,405
20309,610,7941.17%111,059
20299,499,7351.27%119,298
20289,380,4371.37%126,465
20279,253,9721.45%132,134
20269,121,8381.51%135,363
20258,986,4751.53%135,625
20248,850,8501.52%132,600
20238,718,2501.47%126,639
20228,591,6111.40%118,206
20218,473,4051.30%108,428
20208,364,9771.19%98,704
20198,266,2731.11%90,671
20188,175,6021.06%85,678
20178,089,9241.06%84,663
20168,005,2611.06%84,008
20157,921,2531.06%83,012
20147,838,2411.06%82,142
20137,756,0991.06%81,170
20127,674,9291.06%80,541
20117,594,3881.06%79,587
20107,514,8011.06%78,753
20097,436,0481.06%77,820
20087,358,2281.06%77,218
20077,281,0101.06%76,302
20067,204,7081.06%75,503
20057,129,2051.06%74,610
20047,054,5951.06%74,031
20036,980,5641.06%73,154
20026,907,4101.06%72,388
20016,835,0222.97%197,276
20006,637,7466.87%426,861
19996,210,8856.86%398,880
19985,812,0056.86%373,262
19975,438,7436.85%348,825
19965,089,9186.87%327,324
19954,762,5946.86%305,866
19944,456,7286.86%286,223
19934,170,5056.85%267,484
19923,903,0216.87%250,996
19913,652,0256.86%234,543
19903,417,4823.36%111,069
19893,306,4133.35%107,314
19883,199,0993.36%104,112
19873,094,9873.36%100,588
19862,994,3993.36%97,319
19852,897,0803.35%94,028
19842,803,0523.36%91,224
19832,711,8283.36%88,135
19822,623,6932.12%54,506
19812,569,1872.12%53,300
19802,515,8872.12%52,338
19792,463,5492.12%51,179
19782,412,3702.12%50,115
19772,362,2552.12%49,008
19762,313,2472.12%48,122
19752,265,1252.12%47,057
19742,218,0682.12%46,079
19732,171,9892.12%45,060
19722,126,9292.12%44,246
19712,082,6832.12%43,267
19702,039,4162.12%42,367
19691,997,0492.12%41,431
19681,955,6182.12%40,683
19671,914,9352.12%39,781
19661,875,1542.12%38,956
19651,836,1982.12%38,094
19641,798,1042.12%37,405
19631,760,6992.12%36,578
19621,724,1212.12%35,817
19611,688,3042.12%35,026
19601,653,2782.12%34,393
19591,618,8852.12%33,631
19581,585,2542.12%32,933
19571,552,3212.12%32,205
19561,520,1162.12%31,622
19551,488,4942.12%30,923
19541,457,5712.12%30,280
19531,427,29110.13%131,232
19521,296,05910.15%119,479
19511,176,58010.14%108,322
19501,068,2580.00%

Wuhan 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%

Other Cities in China

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

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