Basra, Iraq Population 1950-2019

Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the Basra, Iraq metro area from 1950 to 2019. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current population of Basra in 2019 is 1,325,000, a 2% increase from 2018.
  • The population of Basra in 2018 was 1,299,000, a 1.96% increase from 2017.
  • The population of Basra in 2017 was 1,274,000, a 1.92% increase from 2016.
  • The population of Basra in 2016 was 1,250,000, a 1.96% increase from 2015.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Other Cities in Iraq
City Name Population
Baghdad 6,974,000
Mosul 1,578,000
Basra 1,325,000
Kirkuk 996,000
Najaf 847,000
Erbil 833,000
Sulaimaniya 720,000
Amara 631,000
Nasiriyah 600,000
Hillah 594,000
Karbala 546,000
Diwaniyah 494,000
Kut 464,000
Ramadi 445,000
Faloojah 341,000
Baaqoobah 314,000
Samarra 307,000
Basra - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2019 1,325,000 2.00%
2018 1,299,000 1.96%
2017 1,274,000 1.92%
2016 1,250,000 1.96%
2015 1,226,000 2.00%
2014 1,202,000 1.95%
2013 1,179,000 1.90%
2012 1,157,000 1.94%
2011 1,135,000 1.98%
2010 1,113,000 1.92%
2009 1,092,000 5.20%
2008 1,038,000 5.27%
2007 986,000 5.23%
2006 937,000 5.16%
2005 891,000 5.19%
2004 847,000 5.22%
2003 805,000 2.03%
2002 789,000 1.94%
2001 774,000 1.98%
2000 759,000 2.02%
1999 744,000 2.06%
1998 729,000 3.11%
1997 707,000 5.84%
1996 668,000 5.86%
1995 631,000 5.87%
1994 596,000 5.86%
1993 563,000 5.83%
1992 532,000 5.98%
1991 502,000 5.91%
1990 474,000 5.80%
1989 448,000 5.91%
1988 423,000 4.44%
1987 405,000 1.25%
1986 400,000 1.27%
1985 395,000 1.28%
1984 390,000 1.04%
1983 386,000 1.31%
1982 381,000 1.33%
1981 376,000 1.08%
1980 372,000 1.36%
1979 367,000 1.10%
1978 363,000 1.11%
1977 359,000 1.41%
1976 354,000 1.14%
1975 350,000 1.16%
1974 346,000 1.17%
1973 342,000 1.48%
1972 337,000 1.20%
1971 333,000 1.22%
1970 329,000 1.23%
1969 325,000 1.25%
1968 321,000 1.26%
1967 317,000 0.96%
1966 314,000 3.29%
1965 304,000 8.19%
1964 281,000 8.49%
1963 259,000 8.37%
1962 239,000 8.14%
1961 221,000 8.33%
1960 204,000 7.94%
1959 189,000 8.62%
1958 174,000 7.41%
1957 162,000 4.52%
1956 155,000 5.44%
1955 147,000 5.00%
1954 140,000 4.48%
1953 134,000 5.51%
1952 127,000 4.96%
1951 121,000 4.31%
1950 116,000 0.00%