Kandahar, Afghanistan Metro Area Population 1950-2020

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%