Mekele, Ethiopia 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 Mekele, Ethiopia metro area from 1950 to 2020. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current metro area population of Mekele in 2020 is 524,000, a 3.76% increase from 2019.
  • The metro area population of Mekele in 2019 was 505,000, a 3.48% increase from 2018.
  • The metro area population of Mekele in 2018 was 488,000, a 3.39% increase from 2017.
  • The metro area population of Mekele in 2017 was 472,000, a 3.51% increase from 2016.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Other Cities in Ethiopia
City Name Population
Addis Ababa 4,794,000
Mekele 524,000
Dire Dawa 408,000
Nazret 378,000
Gondar 362,000
Mekele - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2020 524,000 3.76%
2019 505,000 3.48%
2018 488,000 3.39%
2017 472,000 3.51%
2016 456,000 3.64%
2015 440,000 9.18%
2014 403,000 9.21%
2013 369,000 9.17%
2012 338,000 9.03%
2011 310,000 9.54%
2010 283,000 8.85%
2009 260,000 9.24%
2008 238,000 9.17%
2007 218,000 6.86%
2006 204,000 6.81%
2005 191,000 6.11%
2004 180,000 6.51%
2003 169,000 6.96%
2002 158,000 6.76%
2001 148,000 6.47%
2000 139,000 6.11%
1999 131,000 6.50%
1998 123,000 6.96%
1997 115,000 6.48%
1996 108,000 6.93%
1995 101,000 5.21%
1994 96,000 4.35%
1993 92,000 4.55%
1992 88,000 4.76%
1991 84,000 5.00%
1990 80,000 3.90%
1989 77,000 4.05%
1988 74,000 4.23%
1987 71,000 4.41%
1986 68,000 4.62%
1985 65,000 4.84%
1984 62,000 5.08%
1983 59,000 3.51%
1982 57,000 5.56%
1981 54,000 3.85%
1980 52,000 4.00%
1979 50,000 4.17%
1978 48,000 4.35%
1977 46,000 4.55%
1976 44,000 4.76%
1975 42,000 5.00%
1974 40,000 5.26%
1973 38,000 2.70%
1972 37,000 5.71%
1971 35,000 2.94%
1970 34,000 6.25%
1969 32,000 3.23%
1968 31,000 3.33%
1967 30,000 7.14%
1966 28,000 3.70%
1965 27,000 3.85%
1964 26,000 4.00%
1963 25,000 4.17%
1962 24,000 4.35%
1961 23,000 4.55%
1960 22,000 4.76%
1959 21,000 5.00%
1958 20,000 5.26%
1957 19,000 5.56%
1956 18,000 0.00%
1955 18,000 5.88%
1954 17,000 6.25%
1953 16,000 6.67%
1952 15,000 0.00%
1951 15,000 7.14%
1950 14,000 0.00%