Buenos Aires, Argentina Population

Population in Urban Area, now

15,195,797
  • World: 15th
  • South America: 2nd
  • Argentina: 1st

Population in City Area, 2019-09-05

13,076,300
  • World: 3rd
  • South America: 1st
  • Argentina: 1st

Buenos Aires Urban Area Population Graph

Buenos Aires Population Review

The city of Buenos Aires serves as the capital of, and largest city in, Argentina. It has a population of 15.1 million people in the urban area. The city is located on the western shore of the Rio de la Plata and the Greater Buenos Aires conurbation is the second-most populous metropolitan area in South America.

The city is known for its high quality of life—one of the best in Latin America—and its rich cultural life. The city is actually an autonomous district, neither part of the Buenos Aires Province nor the province’s capital. The city was granted autonomy in a 1994 constitutional amendment, which led to its official name of Autonomous City of Buenos Aires.

A ballooning population

The population of the city proper of Buenos Aires currently sits at 13 million people. Since 1950, the population has grown around 160%—from 5.1 million people to its current population. The city is predicted to continue growing steadily and it’s estimated to reach a population of 17.1 million by 2035. The city is quite densely populated and there are about 13,680 people per square kilometer, however this drops quickly to around 2,400 per square kilometer in the suburbs.

A city of European descent

Most of the population of Buenos Aires is of European descent, with 88% of the population identifying as Caucasian. The most common ethnic groups within this are Italian and Spanish. Spaniards also founded the city, and they remain a large part of the city’s ethnic makeup. The rest of the city’s population is made up of people of Mestizo, Asian, and Black descent.

The largest Jewish community in Latin America

Buenos Aires’ Jewish community dates back to the sixteenth century. Following the expulsion of the Jews from Spain, many Sephardi Jews escaped persecution by immigrating to what is now Argentina. In the mid-Century, Jews from France and other countries in Western Europe began to settle in Argentina as well. This has led to Buenos Aires having a core Jewish population of 180,500 and an enlarged Jewish population (including families and non-Jewish relatives) of 330,000.

A stronghold of Roman Catholics

By far, the largest religion in Buenos Aires is Roman Catholicism. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the city was the second-largest Catholic city in the world after Paris. Around 20% of the city’s population currently identify as Roman Catholic, with the Archdiocese in 2014 pastorally serving 2.7 million people in an area of 205 square kilometres, which contained 186 missions and 783 priests.

A popular tourist destination

Buenos Aires is in the midst of a tourism boom. Readers of travel publication Travel + Leisure voted the city the second most desirable city to visit, after Florence. Tourists visit for the city’s legendary nightlife, gourmet cuisine and fashionable shopping options. In 2018, tourism to Buenos Aires increased by 5%, with an estimated 2 million people arriving my air. It’s estimated that this amount will increase to 3.1 million by 2025.

A city in love with football

Buenos Aires has 8 of Argentina’s 20 first division football teams (or soccer) play their home matches in the city. Football is deeply important to Argentinians and to citizens from Buenos Aires. The top three teams in Buenos Aires are the Boca Juniors, River Plate, and Racing. Together, their stadiums can fit 137,000 screaming fans. It is considered one of the top tourist attractions to attend a Buenos Aires football game, and for many Buenos Aires citizens, football is a kind of religion and they will try to attend as many games per year as they can. If not, Sunday night football is a guarantee in most homes.

Review Updated: September 7, 2020

Buenos Aires Urban Area Population History

1950 5,166,000
1951 5,307,000
1952 5,452,000
1953 5,601,000
1954 5,753,000
1955 5,910,000
1956 6,072,000
1957 6,237,000
1958 6,407,000
1959 6,582,000
1960 6,762,000
1961 6,919,000
1962 7,071,000
1963 7,227,000
1964 7,386,000
1965 7,549,000
1966 7,715,000
1967 7,884,000
1968 8,058,000
1969 8,235,000
1970 8,416,000
1971 8,566,000
1972 8,707,000
1973 8,850,000
1974 8,995,000
1975 9,143,000
1976 9,294,000
1977 9,446,000
1978 9,601,000
1979 9,759,000
1980 9,920,000
1981 10,049,000
1982 10,166,000
1983 10,284,000
1984 10,403,000
1985 10,523,000
1986 10,645,000
1987 10,769,000
1988 10,894,000
1989 11,020,000
1990 11,148,000
1991 11,277,000
1992 11,407,000
1993 11,539,000
1994 11,672,000
1995 11,806,000
1996 11,943,000
1997 12,081,000
1998 12,220,000
1999 12,361,000
2000 12,504,000
2001 12,648,000
2002 12,808,000
2003 12,980,000
2004 13,154,000
2005 13,330,000
2006 13,508,000
2007 13,689,000
2008 13,872,000
2009 14,058,000
2010 14,246,000
2011 14,364,000
2012 14,449,000
2013 14,534,000
2014 14,620,000
2015 14,706,000
2016 14,792,000
2017 14,879,000
2018 14,967,000
2019 15,057,000
2020 15,154,000

Buenos Aires Urban Area Population Projections

2021 15,258,000
2022 15,370,000
2023 15,490,000
2024 15,618,000
2025 15,752,000
2026 15,891,000
2027 16,032,000
2028 16,174,000
2029 16,316,000
2030 16,456,000
2031 16,594,000
2032 16,730,000
2033 16,865,000
2034 16,997,000
2035 17,128,000

Map of Buenos Aires, Argentina

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