Zurich Population 2021

1,407,572
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Zurich's 2021 population is now estimated at 1,407,572. In 1950, the population of Zurich was 493,648. Zurich has grown by 12,216 since 2015, which represents a 0.88% 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 Zurich, which typically includes Zurich's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Zurich is an amazing city in Switzerland with both tourist attractions to visit as well as a thriving economy. It is known throughout the world as a leader in the financial sector, which is no surprise as this part of the country has had a successful population dating back over 6,500 years. The residents of the city tend to have high incomes with very little in the way of taxes, as most of the city's revenue comes from the large banks that have chosen to make their home in Zurich.

City Size and Population Density

The city of Zurich covers a surface area of about 87.93 km2 (33.95 sq mi). The popultion density of the city is approximately 4,700 residents per square kilometer (12,000/sq mi).

Population Totals

Zurich has not had a census since 2014, but according to that year, the overall population of the city is 391,400. It makes up approximately 4.766% of the total population of Switzerland. According to the study and reflecting the steadily climbing growth rate of the city, the estimated population of this year is estimated to be around 405,836.

Education

The generations to come are where an already impressive Zurich will reach new and greater heights. The education system in this part of the world is top notch, with the youngest of elementary children, all 30,500 of them, learning three different languages: English, French, and German. Children in Zurich learn all the practical skills that other children learn as well, such as mathematics and science, but it is the extras that put this city over the top in education. While other school systems are letting go of physical education and extracurricular activities, students in Zurich are learning handicrafts as well as having swimming lessons.

Working in Zurich

Zurich is among the leading financial cities in the world, but it is so much more than that. While unemployment rates worldwide are skyrocketing in the wake of economic downturn, Zurich has been able to maintain an unemployment rate of just 4.2% of the overall population. Men do make up most of the workforce with 75.4% of them working in a stable job, but women are not very far behind at 60.6%, with the numbers reflecting some two income families.

Working within Zurich is quite different than in other places in the world. There are often strict laws governing workers as well as the employers, but in Zurich contracts and negotiation of salaries are decided on an individual basis as opposed to a set number. Therefore, employees within the city remain quite happy and are very loyal to their employers. This is part of the reason that the financial status of the city is so high.

Zurich Taxes

Taxes can be one of the worst parts of living in any city, but Zurich maintains a low taxation of its residents. The standard tax rate for the city is 8% with other goods taxed at a tiny 2.5%. Medical care and even education are completely exempt from taxation, making Zurich quite an impressive city to visit or send children for their education.

Zurich Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
20351,573,8780.77%11,962
20341,561,9160.77%11,920
20331,549,9960.77%11,896
20321,538,1000.78%11,879
20311,526,2210.78%11,877
20301,514,3440.79%11,898
20291,502,4460.80%11,907
20281,490,5390.80%11,877
20271,478,6620.81%11,812
20261,466,8500.81%11,752
20251,455,0980.81%11,749
20241,443,3490.83%11,811
20231,431,5380.84%11,917
20221,419,6210.86%12,049
20211,407,5720.88%12,216
20201,395,3560.89%12,264
20191,383,0920.90%12,313
20181,370,7791.09%14,742
20171,356,0371.09%14,584
20161,341,4531.09%14,427
20151,327,0261.09%14,252
20141,312,7741.09%14,099
20131,298,6751.08%13,929
20121,284,7461.09%13,817
20111,270,9291.09%13,649
20101,257,2801.09%13,503
20091,243,7771.08%13,340
20081,230,4371.09%13,233
20071,217,2041.09%13,072
20061,204,1321.09%12,932
20051,191,2001.08%12,776
20041,178,4241.09%12,674
20031,165,7501.09%12,520
20021,153,2301.09%12,385
20011,140,8451.07%12,041
20001,128,8041.05%11,691
19991,117,1131.05%11,554
19981,105,5591.05%11,434
19971,094,1251.04%11,301
19961,082,8241.05%11,214
19951,071,6101.05%11,083
19941,060,5271.05%10,969
19931,049,5581.04%10,840
19921,038,7181.05%10,758
19911,027,9602.20%22,101
19901,005,8593.76%36,465
1989969,3943.76%35,095
1988934,2993.77%33,917
1987900,3823.76%32,641
1986867,7413.76%31,457
1985836,2843.76%30,277
1984806,0073.77%29,259
1983776,7483.76%28,159
1982748,5893.76%27,138
1981721,4512.08%14,685
1980706,766-0.18%-1,302
1979708,068-0.18%-1,303
1978709,371-0.18%-1,305
1977710,676-0.18%-1,306
1976711,982-0.18%-1,311
1975713,293-0.18%-1,312
1974714,605-0.18%-1,315
1973715,920-0.18%-1,315
1972717,235-0.18%-1,322
1971718,5571.12%7,977
1970710,5802.96%20,433
1969690,1472.96%19,819
1968670,3282.96%19,302
1967651,0262.96%18,721
1966632,3052.96%18,182
1965614,1232.96%17,636
1964596,4872.96%17,176
1963579,3112.96%16,658
1962562,6532.96%16,180
1961546,4732.05%11,002
1960535,4710.82%4,343
1959531,1280.82%4,301
1958526,8270.82%4,266
1957522,5610.82%4,226
1956518,3350.82%4,204
1955514,1310.82%4,163
1954509,9680.82%4,130
1953505,8380.82%4,091
1952501,7470.82%4,069
1951497,6780.82%4,030
1950493,6480.00%

Zurich Population Data (Urban Area)

Name 2021 Population 2021 Growth
Zurich1,407,5720.88%
Geneva620,1311.10%
Basel562,7100.66%
Lausanne448,3041.45%
Bern433,5010.88%

Other Cities in Switzerland

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

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