Kigali, Rwanda 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 Kigali, Rwanda metro area from 1950 to 2020. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current metro area population of Kigali in 2020 is 1,132,000, a 3.38% increase from 2019.
  • The metro area population of Kigali in 2019 was 1,095,000, a 3.5% increase from 2018.
  • The metro area population of Kigali in 2018 was 1,058,000, a 3.62% increase from 2017.
  • The metro area population of Kigali in 2017 was 1,021,000, a 3.55% increase from 2016.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Other Cities in Rwanda
City Name Population
Kigali 1,132,000
Kigali - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2020 1,132,000 3.38%
2019 1,095,000 3.50%
2018 1,058,000 3.62%
2017 1,021,000 3.55%
2016 986,000 3.68%
2015 951,000 3.59%
2014 918,000 3.61%
2013 886,000 3.50%
2012 856,000 3.63%
2011 826,000 3.64%
2010 797,000 3.64%
2009 769,000 3.50%
2008 743,000 3.63%
2007 717,000 3.61%
2006 692,000 3.59%
2005 668,000 3.57%
2004 645,000 3.70%
2003 622,000 4.36%
2002 596,000 9.36%
2001 545,000 9.44%
2000 498,000 9.69%
1999 454,000 9.40%
1998 415,000 9.50%
1997 379,000 9.22%
1996 347,000 8.44%
1995 320,000 8.47%
1994 295,000 8.46%
1993 272,000 8.80%
1992 250,000 8.23%
1991 231,000 5.48%
1990 219,000 5.29%
1989 208,000 5.58%
1988 197,000 5.35%
1987 187,000 5.65%
1986 177,000 5.36%
1985 168,000 5.66%
1984 159,000 5.30%
1983 151,000 5.59%
1982 143,000 5.93%
1981 135,000 5.47%
1980 128,000 4.92%
1979 122,000 6.09%
1978 115,000 8.49%
1977 106,000 9.28%
1976 97,000 7.78%
1975 90,000 9.76%
1974 82,000 7.89%
1973 76,000 8.57%
1972 70,000 9.38%
1971 64,000 8.47%
1970 59,000 5.36%
1969 56,000 5.66%
1968 53,000 6.00%
1967 50,000 4.17%
1966 48,000 6.67%
1965 45,000 4.65%
1964 43,000 7.50%
1963 40,000 5.26%
1962 38,000 5.56%
1961 36,000 5.88%
1960 34,000 6.25%
1959 32,000 3.23%
1958 31,000 6.90%
1957 29,000 3.57%
1956 28,000 7.69%
1955 26,000 4.00%
1954 25,000 8.70%
1953 23,000 4.55%
1952 22,000 4.76%
1951 21,000 5.00%
1950 20,000 0.00%