Istanbul, Turkey Metro Area Population 1950-2021

Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the Istanbul, Turkey metro area from 1950 to 2021. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current metro area population of Istanbul in 2021 is 15,415,000, a 1.48% increase from 2020.
  • The metro area population of Istanbul in 2020 was 15,190,000, a 1.48% increase from 2019.
  • The metro area population of Istanbul in 2019 was 14,968,000, a 1.47% increase from 2018.
  • The metro area population of Istanbul in 2018 was 14,751,000, a 1.45% increase from 2017.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Other Cities in Turkey
City Name Population
Istanbul 15,415,000
Ankara 5,216,000
Izmir 3,024,000
Bursa 2,021,000
Adana 1,793,000
Gaziantep 1,740,000
Konya 1,356,000
Antalya 1,287,000
Diyarbakir 1,060,000
Mersin 1,035,000
Kayseri 987,000
Eskisehir 802,000
Gebze 770,000
Denizli 661,000
Samsun 661,000
Sanliurfa 597,000
Kahramanmaras 560,000
Sakarya 553,000
Van 528,000
Malatya 504,000
Batman 447,000
Erzurum 440,000
Elazig 419,000
Manisa 390,000
Sivas 374,000
Izmit 354,000
Balikesir 327,000
Istanbul - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2021 15,415,000 1.48%
2020 15,190,000 1.48%
2019 14,968,000 1.47%
2018 14,751,000 1.45%
2017 14,540,000 1.45%
2016 14,332,000 1.45%
2015 14,127,000 1.62%
2014 13,902,000 1.79%
2013 13,658,000 1.78%
2012 13,419,000 2.76%
2011 13,058,000 3.76%
2010 12,585,000 3.76%
2009 12,129,000 3.75%
2008 11,691,000 3.76%
2007 11,267,000 3.76%
2006 10,859,000 3.76%
2005 10,466,000 3.76%
2004 10,087,000 3.75%
2003 9,722,000 3.76%
2002 9,370,000 3.77%
2001 9,030,000 3.27%
2000 8,744,000 2.23%
1999 8,553,000 2.22%
1998 8,367,000 2.60%
1997 8,155,000 3.14%
1996 7,907,000 3.16%
1995 7,665,000 3.14%
1994 7,432,000 3.15%
1993 7,205,000 3.13%
1992 6,986,000 3.14%
1991 6,773,000 3.37%
1990 6,552,000 3.88%
1989 6,307,000 3.90%
1988 6,070,000 3.88%
1987 5,843,000 3.89%
1986 5,624,000 4.01%
1985 5,407,000 4.22%
1984 5,188,000 4.24%
1983 4,977,000 4.25%
1982 4,774,000 4.24%
1981 4,580,000 4.16%
1980 4,397,000 4.00%
1979 4,228,000 4.01%
1978 4,065,000 3.99%
1977 3,909,000 3.99%
1976 3,759,000 4.42%
1975 3,600,000 5.26%
1974 3,420,000 5.26%
1973 3,249,000 5.28%
1972 3,086,000 5.29%
1971 2,931,000 5.74%
1970 2,772,000 6.74%
1969 2,597,000 6.70%
1968 2,434,000 6.75%
1967 2,280,000 6.69%
1966 2,137,000 6.80%
1965 2,001,000 6.83%
1964 1,873,000 6.85%
1963 1,753,000 6.89%
1962 1,640,000 6.84%
1961 1,535,000 5.64%
1960 1,453,000 2.90%
1959 1,412,000 2.99%
1958 1,371,000 2.93%
1957 1,332,000 2.94%
1956 1,294,000 3.60%
1955 1,249,000 5.22%
1954 1,187,000 5.23%
1953 1,128,000 5.22%
1952 1,072,000 5.30%
1951 1,018,000 5.27%
1950 967,000 0.00%