Kabul, Afghanistan Population 1950-2020

NOTE: All data from 2020 and beyond are UN projections and DO NOT include any impacts of the COVID-19 virus.
Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the Kabul, Afghanistan metro area from 1950 to 2020. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current population of Kabul in 2020 is 4,222,000, a 2.63% increase from 2019.
  • The population of Kabul in 2019 was 4,114,000, a 2.54% increase from 2018.
  • The population of Kabul in 2018 was 4,012,000, a 2.53% increase from 2017.
  • The population of Kabul in 2017 was 3,913,000, a 2.52% increase from 2016.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Other Cities in Afghanistan
City Name Population
Kabul 4,222,000
Herat 606,000
Mazar-e Sharif 533,000
Kandahar 498,000
Kabul - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2020 4,222,000 2.63%
2019 4,114,000 2.54%
2018 4,012,000 2.53%
2017 3,913,000 2.52%
2016 3,817,000 2.50%
2015 3,724,000 2.53%
2014 3,632,000 2.51%
2013 3,543,000 2.52%
2012 3,456,000 2.49%
2011 3,372,000 2.52%
2010 3,289,000 2.52%
2009 3,208,000 2.49%
2008 3,130,000 2.52%
2007 3,053,000 2.52%
2006 2,978,000 2.51%
2005 2,905,000 2.51%
2004 2,834,000 3.51%
2003 2,738,000 4.46%
2002 2,621,000 4.51%
2001 2,508,000 4.46%
2000 2,401,000 4.48%
1999 2,298,000 4.45%
1998 2,200,000 4.51%
1997 2,105,000 4.47%
1996 2,015,000 4.46%
1995 1,929,000 4.50%
1994 1,846,000 4.47%
1993 1,767,000 4.49%
1992 1,691,000 4.45%
1991 1,619,000 4.52%
1990 1,549,000 4.45%
1989 1,483,000 4.51%
1988 1,419,000 4.42%
1987 1,359,000 4.54%
1986 1,300,000 4.84%
1985 1,240,000 4.82%
1984 1,183,000 4.88%
1983 1,128,000 4.93%
1982 1,075,000 4.88%
1981 1,025,000 4.81%
1980 978,000 4.94%
1979 932,000 8.37%
1978 860,000 8.45%
1977 793,000 8.48%
1976 731,000 8.46%
1975 674,000 8.36%
1974 622,000 8.55%
1973 573,000 8.32%
1972 529,000 6.87%
1971 495,000 4.87%
1970 472,000 4.89%
1969 450,000 5.14%
1968 428,000 4.90%
1967 408,000 5.15%
1966 388,000 5.15%
1965 369,000 5.43%
1964 350,000 5.11%
1963 333,000 5.38%
1962 316,000 5.33%
1961 300,000 5.26%
1960 285,000 5.17%
1959 271,000 5.45%
1958 257,000 4.90%
1957 245,000 5.60%
1956 232,000 4.98%
1955 221,000 5.24%
1954 210,000 5.53%
1953 199,000 5.29%
1952 189,000 5.00%
1951 180,000 5.26%
1950 171,000 0.00%