Zagreb Population 2021

684,524
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Zagreb's 2021 population is now estimated at 684,524. In 1950, the population of Zagreb was 312,744. Zagreb has grown by -354 since 2015, which represents a -0.05% 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 Zagreb, which typically includes Zagreb's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Zagreb is the capital of Croatia. In terms of population, it is also the largest city in the country. The city has an estimated population of 806,920 as of 2016, reflecting some growth since the census was taken in 2011 which showed a population of 792,875. The metropolitan area has a much larger population that exceeds 1.2 million people and is the largest in the country. The metro area is also the only one in Croatia that has a population exceeding one million people.

Zagreb Demographics

The majority of the residents living in Zagreb are native to Croatia, comprising 93% of the total population as recorded during the 2011 census. Approximately 55,000 residents are minorities, with the largest minority groups including Serbs, Bosniaks and Albanians. The city has the highest nominal gross domestic product per capita and PPP in the country. It is considered the richest city in Croatia.

The city is home to many Central European-based company headquarters and is also home to the Zagreb Stock Exchange, the only stock exchange in the country. The city’s rate of unemployment recorded in 2012 was around 9.5%.

Zagreb History

The oldest settlement on the site of Zagreb was called Andautonia, which dates back to as early as the 1st century. The name of Zagreb was recorded in 1094, although the city was at the time split in two. The settlements were attacked in 1242 by the Tatars. Because the city provided a safe haven for King Bela IV, the city was exempted from the rule of the county and was allowed to have its own judicial system. Dark times fell upon Zagreb in the 17th and 18th centuries with widespread fires and the plague. The city bounced back, however, in the 19th century when institutions were erected and the city really began to flourish. The first mayor of the city was also elected during this time period. Other highlights include the development of the first railway to connect the city to other Croatian cities, as well as the opening of its waterworks and gasworks.

An earthquake hit the city in 1880. After the earthquake, the city expanded through development of a theaters, museums, buildings, parks and monuments. Another expansion occurred during the first half of the 20th century, particularly when it came to the development of neighborhoods.

The city saw a significant increase in population during the 1920s. The city continued to develop and flourish, including new residential developments.

Zagreb Population Growth

The city’s population exceeded 792,000 at the time of the 2011 census. This reflected a fairly significant increase from the population recorded during the 2001 census, which was 779,145. A substantial influx of immigrants living within the city has contributed to this growth, which is only expected to continue steadily into the future.

Zagreb Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
2035695,7880.23%1,599
2034694,1890.23%1,567
2033692,6220.22%1,507
2032691,1150.21%1,416
2031689,6990.19%1,303
2030688,3960.17%1,166
2029687,2300.15%1,007
2028686,2230.12%823
2027685,4000.09%624
2026684,7760.06%417
2025684,3590.03%217
2024684,1420.00%28
2023684,114-0.02%-140
2022684,254-0.04%-270
2021684,524-0.05%-354
2020684,878-0.05%-355
2019685,233-0.05%-354
2018685,587-0.05%-355
2017685,942-0.05%-355
2016686,297-0.05%-355
2015686,652-0.05%-355
2014687,007-0.05%-356
2013687,363-0.05%-355
2012687,718-0.05%-356
2011688,074-0.05%-356
2010688,430-0.05%-355
2009688,785-0.05%-355
2008689,140-0.05%-356
2007689,496-0.05%-356
2006689,852-0.05%-356
2005690,208-0.05%-356
2004690,564-0.05%-357
2003690,921-0.05%-356
2002691,277-0.05%-357
2001691,634-0.17%-1,202
2000692,836-0.22%-1,495
1999694,331-0.21%-1,495
1998695,826-0.21%-1,499
1997697,325-0.21%-1,500
1996698,825-0.22%-1,508
1995700,333-0.21%-1,508
1994701,841-0.21%-1,512
1993703,353-0.21%-1,513
1992704,866-0.22%-1,521
1991706,3870.53%3,719
1990702,6680.78%5,447
1989697,2210.78%5,398
1988691,8230.78%5,370
1987686,4530.78%5,321
1986681,1320.78%5,281
1985675,8510.78%5,232
1984670,6190.78%5,205
1983665,4140.78%5,159
1982660,2550.78%5,118
1981655,1371.18%7,636
1980647,5011.32%8,423
1979639,0781.32%8,302
1978630,7761.32%8,195
1977622,5811.31%8,076
1976614,5051.32%7,994
1975606,5111.32%7,879
1974598,6321.32%7,777
1973590,8551.31%7,665
1972583,1901.32%7,587
1971575,6032.38%13,369
1970562,2342.74%14,983
1969547,2512.73%14,565
1968532,6862.74%14,216
1967518,4702.74%13,817
1966504,6532.74%13,449
1965491,2042.73%13,073
1964478,1312.74%12,760
1963465,3712.74%12,403
1962452,9682.74%12,071
1961440,8972.60%11,190
1960429,7072.57%10,755
1959418,9522.56%10,472
1958408,4802.56%10,210
1957398,2702.56%9,942
1956388,3282.57%9,719
1955378,6092.56%9,464
1954369,1452.56%9,227
1953359,9184.37%15,085
1952344,8335.01%16,447
1951328,3865.00%15,642
1950312,7440.00%

Zagreb 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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