Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Metro Area Population 1950-2021

Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the Riyadh, Saudi Arabia metro area from 1950 to 2021. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current metro area population of Riyadh in 2021 is 7,388,000, a 2.17% increase from 2020.
  • The metro area population of Riyadh in 2020 was 7,231,000, a 2.26% increase from 2019.
  • The metro area population of Riyadh in 2019 was 7,071,000, a 2.37% increase from 2018.
  • The metro area population of Riyadh in 2018 was 6,907,000, a 3.57% increase from 2017.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Other Cities in Saudi Arabia
City Name Population
Riyadh 7,388,000
Jiddah 4,697,000
Mecca 2,079,000
Medina 1,518,000
Ad-Dammam 1,279,000
Hufuf-Mubarraz 848,000
Taif 695,000
Buraydah 685,000
Tabuk 667,000
Jubayl 631,000
Khamis Mushayt 556,000
Najran 419,000
Hail 407,000
Hafar al-Batin 359,000
Thuqbah 352,000
Yanbu al-Bahr 343,000
Khubar 338,000
Riyadh - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2021 7,388,000 2.17%
2020 7,231,000 2.26%
2019 7,071,000 2.37%
2018 6,907,000 3.57%
2017 6,669,000 3.56%
2016 6,440,000 3.57%
2015 6,218,000 3.56%
2014 6,004,000 3.55%
2013 5,798,000 3.55%
2012 5,599,000 3.57%
2011 5,406,000 3.56%
2010 5,220,000 3.55%
2009 5,041,000 3.55%
2008 4,868,000 3.57%
2007 4,700,000 5.12%
2006 4,471,000 5.15%
2005 4,252,000 4.73%
2004 4,060,000 3.28%
2003 3,931,000 3.28%
2002 3,806,000 3.31%
2001 3,684,000 3.28%
2000 3,567,000 3.27%
1999 3,454,000 3.29%
1998 3,344,000 3.27%
1997 3,238,000 3.29%
1996 3,135,000 3.29%
1995 3,035,000 3.30%
1994 2,938,000 3.27%
1993 2,845,000 4.44%
1992 2,724,000 8.22%
1991 2,517,000 8.26%
1990 2,325,000 8.19%
1989 2,149,000 8.26%
1988 1,985,000 8.23%
1987 1,834,000 8.20%
1986 1,695,000 8.24%
1985 1,566,000 8.22%
1984 1,447,000 8.23%
1983 1,337,000 8.26%
1982 1,235,000 8.14%
1981 1,142,000 8.25%
1980 1,055,000 8.21%
1979 975,000 8.21%
1978 901,000 8.29%
1977 832,000 8.19%
1976 769,000 8.31%
1975 710,000 9.06%
1974 651,000 12.44%
1973 579,000 12.43%
1972 515,000 12.45%
1971 458,000 12.25%
1970 408,000 12.71%
1969 362,000 12.42%
1968 322,000 12.20%
1967 287,000 12.55%
1966 255,000 12.33%
1965 227,000 12.38%
1964 202,000 12.85%
1963 179,000 7.83%
1962 166,000 3.11%
1961 161,000 3.21%
1960 156,000 4.00%
1959 150,000 3.45%
1958 145,000 2.84%
1957 141,000 3.68%
1956 136,000 3.82%
1955 131,000 3.15%
1954 127,000 3.25%
1953 123,000 3.36%
1952 119,000 3.48%
1951 115,000 3.60%
1950 111,000 0.00%