Cairo, Egypt 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 Cairo, Egypt metro area from 1950 to 2020. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current metro area population of Cairo in 2020 is 20,901,000, a 2.03% increase from 2019.
  • The metro area population of Cairo in 2019 was 20,485,000, a 2.04% increase from 2018.
  • The metro area population of Cairo in 2018 was 20,076,000, a 2.18% increase from 2017.
  • The metro area population of Cairo in 2017 was 19,648,000, a 2.17% increase from 2016.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Other Cities in Egypt
City Name Population
Cairo 20,901,000
Alexandria 5,281,000
Bur Said 737,000
As-Suways 638,000
Al-Mansurah 556,000
Al-Mahallah al-Kubra 518,000
Tanta 501,000
Asyut 461,000
Al-Fayyum 410,000
Az-Zaqazig 358,000
Al-Ismailiyah 354,000
Aswan 345,000
Kafr-ad-Dawwar 344,000
Cairo - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2020 20,901,000 2.03%
2019 20,485,000 2.04%
2018 20,076,000 2.18%
2017 19,648,000 2.17%
2016 19,230,000 2.18%
2015 18,820,000 2.18%
2014 18,419,000 2.17%
2013 18,027,000 2.18%
2012 17,643,000 2.18%
2011 17,267,000 2.18%
2010 16,899,000 2.18%
2009 16,539,000 2.17%
2008 16,187,000 2.18%
2007 15,842,000 2.18%
2006 15,504,000 2.17%
2005 15,174,000 2.17%
2004 14,851,000 2.18%
2003 14,534,000 2.17%
2002 14,225,000 2.18%
2001 13,922,000 2.17%
2000 13,626,000 2.18%
1999 13,335,000 2.18%
1998 13,051,000 2.18%
1997 12,773,000 2.79%
1996 12,426,000 3.88%
1995 11,962,000 3.87%
1994 11,516,000 3.87%
1993 11,087,000 3.87%
1992 10,674,000 3.88%
1991 10,275,000 3.87%
1990 9,892,000 3.87%
1989 9,523,000 3.86%
1988 9,169,000 3.89%
1987 8,826,000 3.36%
1986 8,539,000 2.53%
1985 8,328,000 2.52%
1984 8,123,000 2.54%
1983 7,922,000 2.54%
1982 7,726,000 2.53%
1981 7,535,000 2.53%
1980 7,349,000 2.54%
1979 7,167,000 2.53%
1978 6,990,000 2.54%
1977 6,817,000 2.68%
1976 6,639,000 2.93%
1975 6,450,000 2.92%
1974 6,267,000 2.92%
1973 6,089,000 2.92%
1972 5,916,000 2.92%
1971 5,748,000 2.92%
1970 5,585,000 2.93%
1969 5,426,000 2.92%
1968 5,272,000 2.93%
1967 5,122,000 2.91%
1966 4,977,000 5.04%
1965 4,738,000 5.24%
1964 4,502,000 5.24%
1963 4,278,000 5.24%
1962 4,065,000 5.26%
1961 3,862,000 4.95%
1960 3,680,000 3.98%
1959 3,539,000 3.97%
1958 3,404,000 3.97%
1957 3,274,000 3.94%
1956 3,150,000 3.99%
1955 3,029,000 3.95%
1954 2,914,000 4.00%
1953 2,802,000 3.93%
1952 2,696,000 4.01%
1951 2,592,000 3.93%
1950 2,494,000 0.00%