Yangon Population 2022

5,514,454
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Yangon is a city that is located in Myanmar. It is the capital city of the Yangon Region. It was formerly the capital city of the country through 2006. The city has a population of over 4.34 million, although estimates vary since the country does not have an official census and had not taken an estimated census since 1983. In 2014, this finally changed, and a census was taken by school teachers numbering in the 100,000s. The most recent census report can be found here. The metropolitan population is 7,360,703. The city limits in recent years have expanded, leading to a significant increase in population.

City Size and Population Density

The city of Yangon covers a surface area of 598.75 km2 (231.18 sq mi). The population density comes to approximately 12,308 individuals living per square kilometer in the urban area of Yangon.

Yangon Demographics

Yangon has the largest population in all of Myanmar, and its population is very diverse. In fact, it is so diverse that ethnic groups have created their own communities for networking. It is the most ethnically diverse city in the country. Some of the largest ethnic groups include Indians, South Asian Burmese, and Chinese Burmese. Rakhine and Karen also reside in Yangon. The majority of the population are of Burman descent.

Just as it is diverse in ethnicities, there are also several religions that are practiced within the city. These include Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Hinduism. The city’s property is the most expensive in the country, with very few able to afford the rent within the city center.

Yangon History

Yangon was founded during the 11th century with the name Dagon. The city got its start as a fishing village. It was later captured in 1755, which is when the name was changed and additional settlements were added. The city had to be rebuilt after it was destroyed by a fire in the 1800s.

The British took over the city during the Anglo-Burmese War of 1852. The city was then made into a commercial and political hub. The late 1800s saw significant growth in population, as well as developments including colleges and hospitals.

Leading up to the 20th century, the city had upgraded its infrastructure and public services to be on par with the city of London. The population heading into World War II was significantly diverse, with large numbers of Indians and South Asians. The city was named as the capital of the Union of Burma in 1948 and at that time, regained its independence. The names of cities and parks were changed to Burmese names following the city’s independence.

The city has also seen as its fair share of dark times over the years, including the death of protestors killed by the government and Cyclone Nargis, which destroyed hundreds of millions of dollars in infrastructure. Today, the city remains one of the most important commercial centers in the country. It is also a hub for industries including newspapers, advertising, movies and music, although all media content must be approved by government censors and the private sector is not allowed to broadcast on TV. Just in 2012, the Myanmar government abolished the censorship of private publications - after earning a position on a list by Reporters without Borders.

Yangon’s economy is boosted through trade, real estate, industry, media and tourism. The city is responsible for one-fifth of the national economy. Its economy represents 23% of the nation’s GDP. The city is a trading hub for a variety of merchandise, although this is affected by its subpar banking industry and communications infrastructure.

Manufacturing provides many of the jobs to residents of the city. Tourism also contributes greatly to the economy, with about 300,000 to 400,000 visitors coming to the city each year.

Yangon Population Growth

It is difficult to know the exact numbers when it comes to the population of Yangon, but one thing that is known is that the expansion of its city limits over the past few decades have led to significant growth. Historical population figures show that the population hit half a million in 1941 before climbing 160% to over one million less than 10 years later. Each decade after saw significant population growth, ranging from 22.2% to 22.4% annually. The population is expected to surpass 5.3 million in 2020 before climbing to 5.9 million in 2025.

Year Population
20357,039,202
20346,904,346
20336,771,721
20326,641,443
20316,513,854
20306,388,894
20296,266,836
20286,147,913
20276,032,507
20265,920,850
20255,813,186
20245,709,678
20235,610,241
20225,514,454
20215,421,806
20205,331,800
20195,243,989
20185,157,461
20175,053,341
20164,951,323
20154,851,365
20144,753,425
20134,657,462
20124,563,564
20114,471,308
20104,381,041
20094,292,595
20084,206,054
20074,121,024
20064,037,829
20053,956,312
20043,876,550
20033,798,183
20023,721,504
20013,646,374
20003,572,860
19993,500,632
19983,429,961
19973,360,716
19963,292,962
19953,226,392
19943,161,257
19933,097,437
19923,034,990
19912,973,636
19902,913,603
19892,854,783
19882,797,228
19872,740,680
19862,685,351
19852,631,138
19842,578,093
19832,525,975
19822,475,586
19812,426,402
19802,378,261
19792,330,946
19782,284,636
19772,239,246
19762,194,819
19752,151,153
19742,108,415
19732,066,525
19722,025,522
19711,985,219
19701,945,773
19691,907,110
19681,869,267
19671,832,074
19661,795,671
19651,759,991
19641,725,067
19631,690,743
19621,657,148
19611,624,220
19601,591,991
19591,560,315
19581,529,311
19571,498,924
19561,469,181
19551,439,948
19541,411,336
19531,383,293
19521,355,844
19511,328,867
19501,302,462

Yangon Population 2022

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
20357,039,2021.95%134,856
20346,904,3461.96%132,625
20336,771,7211.96%130,278
20326,641,4431.96%127,589
20316,513,8541.96%124,960
20306,388,8941.95%122,058
20296,266,8361.93%118,923
20286,147,9131.91%115,406
20276,032,5071.89%111,657
20265,920,8501.85%107,664
20255,813,1861.81%103,508
20245,709,6781.77%99,437
20235,610,2411.74%95,787
20225,514,4541.71%92,648
20215,421,8061.69%90,006
20205,331,8001.67%87,811
20195,243,9891.68%86,528
20185,157,4612.06%104,120
20175,053,3412.06%102,018
20164,951,3232.06%99,958
20154,851,3652.06%97,940
20144,753,4252.06%95,963
20134,657,4622.06%93,898
20124,563,5642.06%92,256
20114,471,3082.06%90,267
20104,381,0412.06%88,446
20094,292,5952.06%86,541
20084,206,0542.06%85,030
20074,121,0242.06%83,195
20064,037,8292.06%81,517
20053,956,3122.06%79,762
20043,876,5502.06%78,367
20033,798,1832.06%76,679
20023,721,5042.06%75,130
20013,646,3742.06%73,514
20003,572,8602.06%72,228
19993,500,6322.06%70,671
19983,429,9612.06%69,245
19973,360,7162.06%67,754
19963,292,9622.06%66,570
19953,226,3922.06%65,135
19943,161,2572.06%63,820
19933,097,4372.06%62,447
19923,034,9902.06%61,354
19912,973,6362.06%60,033
19902,913,6032.06%58,820
19892,854,7832.06%57,555
19882,797,2282.06%56,548
19872,740,6802.06%55,329
19862,685,3512.06%54,213
19852,631,1382.06%53,045
19842,578,0932.06%52,118
19832,525,9752.04%50,389
19822,475,5862.03%49,184
19812,426,4022.02%48,141
19802,378,2612.03%47,315
19792,330,9462.03%46,310
19782,284,6362.03%45,390
19772,239,2462.02%44,427
19762,194,8192.03%43,666
19752,151,1532.03%42,738
19742,108,4152.03%41,890
19732,066,5252.02%41,003
19722,025,5222.03%40,303
19711,985,2192.03%39,446
19701,945,7732.03%38,663
19691,907,1102.02%37,843
19681,869,2672.03%37,193
19671,832,0742.03%36,403
19661,795,6712.03%35,680
19651,759,9912.02%34,924
19641,725,0672.03%34,324
19631,690,7432.03%33,595
19621,657,1482.03%32,928
19611,624,2202.02%32,229
19601,591,9912.03%31,676
19591,560,3152.03%31,004
19581,529,3112.03%30,387
19571,498,9242.02%29,743
19561,469,1812.03%29,233
19551,439,9482.03%28,612
19541,411,3362.03%28,043
19531,383,2932.02%27,449
19521,355,8442.03%26,977
19511,328,8672.03%26,405
19501,302,4620.00%

Yangon Population Data (Urban Area)

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