Merca, Somalia 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 Merca, Somalia metro area from 1950 to 2020. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current metro area population of Merca in 2020 is 666,000, a 4.55% increase from 2019.
  • The metro area population of Merca in 2019 was 637,000, a 4.6% increase from 2018.
  • The metro area population of Merca in 2018 was 609,000, a 5% increase from 2017.
  • The metro area population of Merca in 2017 was 580,000, a 5.26% increase from 2016.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Other Cities in Somalia
City Name Population
Mogadishu 2,282,000
Hargeysa 989,000
Merca 666,000
Berbera 499,000
Kismaayo 471,000
Merca - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2020 666,000 4.55%
2019 637,000 4.60%
2018 609,000 5.00%
2017 580,000 5.26%
2016 551,000 5.15%
2015 524,000 5.01%
2014 499,000 5.27%
2013 474,000 5.10%
2012 451,000 5.13%
2011 429,000 5.15%
2010 408,000 5.15%
2009 388,000 5.15%
2008 369,000 5.13%
2007 351,000 5.09%
2006 334,000 5.36%
2005 317,000 4.97%
2004 302,000 5.23%
2003 287,000 5.13%
2002 273,000 5.00%
2001 260,000 5.26%
2000 247,000 5.11%
1999 235,000 5.38%
1998 223,000 5.19%
1997 212,000 4.95%
1996 202,000 5.21%
1995 192,000 4.92%
1994 183,000 5.17%
1993 174,000 5.45%
1992 165,000 5.10%
1991 157,000 5.37%
1990 149,000 4.93%
1989 142,000 5.19%
1988 135,000 4.65%
1987 129,000 5.74%
1986 122,000 5.17%
1985 116,000 4.50%
1984 111,000 5.71%
1983 105,000 5.00%
1982 100,000 3.09%
1981 97,000 3.19%
1980 94,000 3.30%
1979 91,000 3.41%
1978 88,000 3.53%
1977 85,000 2.41%
1976 83,000 3.75%
1975 80,000 2.56%
1974 78,000 4.00%
1973 75,000 2.74%
1972 73,000 2.82%
1971 71,000 4.41%
1970 68,000 3.03%
1969 66,000 3.13%
1968 64,000 3.23%
1967 62,000 3.33%
1966 60,000 3.45%
1965 58,000 3.57%
1964 56,000 3.70%
1963 54,000 3.85%
1962 52,000 4.00%
1961 50,000 4.17%
1960 48,000 4.35%
1959 46,000 4.55%
1958 44,000 4.76%
1957 42,000 5.00%
1956 40,000 5.26%
1955 38,000 2.70%
1954 37,000 5.71%
1953 35,000 2.94%
1952 34,000 6.25%
1951 32,000 3.23%
1950 31,000 0.00%