Athens, Greece Population

Population in Urban Area, now

3,153,428

Population in City Area, 2019-10-23

664,046

Athens Urban Area Population Graph

Athens Population Review

Athens is the capital of Greece, the largest city in the country, and one of the world’s oldest cities overall. It has a rich history that goes back over 3,400 years and is considered the cradle of Western democracy. Today, the city of Athens has 3.1 million residents in its urban area and is a modern metropolis that serves as a political, cultural and financial center for the country of Greece.

Athens is a densely populated city with 17,040 people per square kilometer in the Greater Athens area. In the past several decades, Athens population at a steady rate—going from 1.3 million people in Greater Athens to the current 3.1 million that live there today. Experts predict that this slow growth will continue, stagnate, or even start to drop as time goes on due to Greece’s aging population and the weak economy. Population predictions put the number of people living in the city by 2035 at only 3,169,000.

A huge attraction for tourists

Athens’s tourism rate is currently booming. In 2013, Athens only had 2.5 million tourists that visited the ancient city. That grew to a record-breaking 5.5 million in 2018. On average, one in six visitors to Greece will spend at least one night in Athens. The amount of tourists expected to visit the city in the future is predicted to rise as well since tourists are now visiting Athens in the autumn and winter months as well.

A homogenous population

Most of Greece has a homogenous population and Athens is no different. 93% of the population of Athens is Greek, with a small percentage of Albanians, Bangladeshi, Bulgarians, and Pakistanis. The Jewish community in Athens is small, but has a very long history in the area, though 87% of the Greek Jewish community were killed during the Holocaust. There is also a population of Romani scattered throughout Greece, with a larger concentration in Athens.

A densely populated city

Athens has always been a heavily populated city and that hasn’t changed in its modern incarnation. The city proper of Athens only spans 39 square kilometers and packs 665,000 living inside the city limits, this equates to a population density of 17,100 people per square kilometer. Once in the Greater Athens area, this drops to 6,000 per square kilometer. In comparison, Greece’s overall population density is 200 people per square kilometer.

Review Updated: October 18, 2019
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Athens Urban Area Population History

1950 1,347,000
1951 1,388,000
1952 1,430,000
1953 1,473,000
1954 1,517,000
1955 1,563,000
1956 1,610,000
1957 1,659,000
1958 1,709,000
1959 1,761,000
1960 1,814,000
1961 1,869,000
1962 1,929,000
1963 1,991,000
1964 2,055,000
1965 2,121,000
1966 2,189,000
1967 2,260,000
1968 2,332,000
1969 2,407,000
1970 2,485,000
1971 2,554,000
1972 2,598,000
1973 2,644,000
1974 2,691,000
1975 2,738,000
1976 2,786,000
1977 2,835,000
1978 2,885,000
1979 2,936,000
1980 2,987,000
1981 3,028,000
1982 3,033,000
1983 3,038,000
1984 3,042,000
1985 3,047,000
1986 3,051,000
1987 3,056,000
1988 3,060,000
1989 3,065,000
1990 3,070,000
1991 3,076,000
1992 3,088,000
1993 3,099,000
1994 3,110,000
1995 3,122,000
1996 3,133,000
1997 3,145,000
1998 3,156,000
1999 3,168,000
2000 3,179,000
2001 3,187,000
2002 3,185,000
2003 3,183,000
2004 3,182,000
2005 3,180,000
2006 3,178,000
2007 3,176,000
2008 3,174,000
2009 3,172,000
2010 3,170,000
2011 3,169,000
2012 3,167,000
2013 3,165,000
2014 3,163,000
2015 3,161,000
2016 3,159,000
2017 3,157,000
2018 3,156,000
2019 3,154,000
2020 3,153,000

Athens Urban Area Population Projections

2021 3,153,000
2022 3,154,000
2023 3,154,000
2024 3,155,000
2025 3,155,000
2026 3,157,000
2027 3,158,000
2028 3,160,000
2029 3,162,000
2030 3,163,000
2031 3,165,000
2032 3,166,000
2033 3,168,000
2034 3,169,000
2035 3,169,000

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