Kathmandu, Nepal 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 Kathmandu, Nepal metro area from 1950 to 2020. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current metro area population of Kathmandu in 2020 is 1,424,000, a 3.49% increase from 2019.
  • The metro area population of Kathmandu in 2019 was 1,376,000, a 3.46% increase from 2018.
  • The metro area population of Kathmandu in 2018 was 1,330,000, a 4.15% increase from 2017.
  • The metro area population of Kathmandu in 2017 was 1,277,000, a 4.07% increase from 2016.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Other Cities in Nepal
City Name Population
Kathmandu 1,424,000
Pokhara 421,000
Kathmandu - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2020 1,424,000 3.49%
2019 1,376,000 3.46%
2018 1,330,000 4.15%
2017 1,277,000 4.07%
2016 1,227,000 4.07%
2015 1,179,000 4.06%
2014 1,133,000 4.14%
2013 1,088,000 4.11%
2012 1,045,000 4.08%
2011 1,004,000 4.04%
2010 965,000 4.10%
2009 927,000 4.16%
2008 890,000 4.09%
2007 855,000 4.01%
2006 822,000 4.05%
2005 790,000 4.08%
2004 759,000 4.12%
2003 729,000 4.14%
2002 700,000 4.01%
2001 673,000 4.83%
2000 642,000 4.73%
1999 613,000 4.79%
1998 585,000 4.84%
1997 558,000 4.69%
1996 533,000 4.92%
1995 508,000 4.74%
1994 485,000 4.75%
1993 463,000 4.75%
1992 442,000 4.74%
1991 422,000 6.03%
1990 398,000 6.13%
1989 375,000 5.93%
1988 354,000 5.99%
1987 334,000 6.03%
1986 315,000 6.06%
1985 297,000 5.69%
1984 281,000 6.04%
1983 265,000 6.00%
1982 250,000 6.38%
1981 235,000 4.44%
1980 225,000 4.65%
1979 215,000 4.37%
1978 206,000 4.57%
1977 197,000 4.79%
1976 188,000 4.44%
1975 180,000 4.65%
1974 172,000 4.24%
1973 165,000 5.10%
1972 157,000 3.97%
1971 151,000 2.72%
1970 147,000 2.08%
1969 144,000 2.13%
1968 141,000 2.17%
1967 138,000 2.22%
1966 135,000 2.27%
1965 132,000 2.33%
1964 129,000 2.38%
1963 126,000 1.61%
1962 124,000 2.48%
1961 121,000 1.68%
1960 119,000 1.71%
1959 117,000 1.74%
1958 115,000 0.88%
1957 114,000 1.79%
1956 112,000 1.82%
1955 110,000 1.85%
1954 108,000 0.93%
1953 107,000 0.94%
1952 106,000 0.95%
1951 105,000 0.96%
1950 104,000 0.00%