Kandahar, Afghanistan Metro Area 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 Kandahar, Afghanistan metro area from 1950 to 2020. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current metro area population of Kandahar in 2020 is 498,000, a 2.68% increase from 2019.
  • The metro area population of Kandahar in 2019 was 485,000, a 2.75% increase from 2018.
  • The metro area population of Kandahar in 2018 was 472,000, a 2.61% increase from 2017.
  • The metro area population of Kandahar in 2017 was 460,000, a 2.68% 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
Kandahar - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2020 498,000 2.68%
2019 485,000 2.75%
2018 472,000 2.61%
2017 460,000 2.68%
2016 448,000 2.52%
2015 437,000 2.58%
2014 426,000 2.65%
2013 415,000 2.72%
2012 404,000 2.54%
2011 394,000 2.87%
2010 383,000 2.41%
2009 374,000 2.75%
2008 364,000 2.54%
2007 355,000 2.60%
2006 346,000 2.67%
2005 337,000 2.74%
2004 328,000 2.50%
2003 320,000 2.56%
2002 312,000 2.30%
2001 305,000 2.69%
2000 297,000 2.41%
1999 290,000 2.47%
1998 283,000 2.17%
1997 277,000 2.59%
1996 270,000 2.66%
1995 263,000 2.33%
1994 257,000 2.39%
1993 251,000 2.45%
1992 245,000 2.51%
1991 239,000 2.58%
1990 233,000 2.19%
1989 228,000 2.70%
1988 222,000 2.30%
1987 217,000 2.36%
1986 212,000 2.42%
1985 207,000 2.48%
1984 202,000 2.54%
1983 197,000 2.60%
1982 192,000 2.67%
1981 187,000 2.19%
1980 183,000 2.23%
1979 179,000 4.07%
1978 172,000 3.61%
1977 166,000 3.75%
1976 160,000 3.90%
1975 154,000 4.05%
1974 148,000 3.50%
1973 143,000 3.62%
1972 138,000 3.76%
1971 133,000 4.72%
1970 127,000 4.10%
1969 122,000 4.27%
1968 117,000 4.46%
1967 112,000 2.75%
1966 109,000 1.87%
1965 107,000 1.90%
1964 105,000 1.94%
1963 103,000 0.98%
1962 102,000 2.00%
1961 100,000 2.04%
1960 98,000 2.08%
1959 96,000 1.05%
1958 95,000 2.15%
1957 93,000 2.20%
1956 91,000 1.11%
1955 90,000 2.27%
1954 88,000 1.15%
1953 87,000 2.35%
1952 85,000 1.19%
1951 84,000 2.44%
1950 82,000 0.00%