Amsterdam, Netherlands Population

Population in Urban Area, now

1,149,273
  • World: 487th
  • Europe: 46th
  • Netherlands: 1st

Population in City Area, 2020-06-01

741,636
  • World: 409th
  • Europe: 50th
  • Netherlands: 1st

Amsterdam Urban Area Population Graph

Amsterdam Population Review

The nominal capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam is the country’s largest and most visited city. The city of Amsterdam is home to 741,000 people, with 1.1 million living in the urban area. Amsterdam is located in the North Holland province and originally started its existence as a small fishing village in the 13th century.

The picturesque city is known for its canals (of which it has 165), its architecture, its live-and-let-live attitude, rich history, and it’s laidback attitude towards cannabis. It is also an extremely popular tourist destination that continues to attract people from around the world.

A city of bicycles

Amsterdam is an incredibly bicycle-friendly city and is seen as one of the most important centers of bicycle culture in the world. Their convenience, the city’s small size, and its 400 kilometers of bike paths make it an ideal location for bicycling. There are over 1 million bicycles in the city and it’s typical for both tourists and locals to get around the city on bicycle. There are over 490,000 cyclists that bike 2 million kilometers every day. However, Amsterdam is not a bicycling paradise for all. 44% of people who bike regularly in the city feel unsafe doing so, and the city has a relatively high number of cyclist fatalities every year.

The red light district

Amsterdam is famous for its frank way of dealing with sex work and its red light district has become world famous for it. The city’s tolerant view towards sex work has attracted many sex works and tourists to the city. There are 330 brothel windows in the red light district and 25,000 sex workers, 5% of which are men. But the future of the red light district has become uncertain. Raucous tourists flooding the red light district to stare or photograph the workers (without permission) have pushed out many of the locals and made the sex workers unsafe and uncomfortable. Amsterdam has banned guided tours of the red-light district in an attempt to limit tourists from going there.

A tourism hotspot

About 14 million tourists visit Amsterdam each year, with 4.5 million of those tourists being Dutch and 9.5 million as foreign visitors. For a city of 741,000, that’s quite the influx! Tourists visit Amsterdam to see the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank’s house, the Rijksmuseum, and the marijuana cafes that dot the city. They also come for the red light district.

Review Updated: November 2, 2019
Scenic view of canal in Amsterdam at flower marketScenic view of canal in Amsterdam at flower market

Amsterdam Urban Area Population History

1950 851,000
1951 855,000
1952 859,000
1953 863,000
1954 867,000
1955 871,000
1956 875,000
1957 879,000
1958 884,000
1959 888,000
1960 895,000
1961 906,000
1962 917,000
1963 928,000
1964 939,000
1965 942,000
1966 937,000
1967 933,000
1968 928,000
1969 924,000
1970 927,000
1971 939,000
1972 951,000
1973 964,000
1974 976,000
1975 978,000
1976 971,000
1977 963,000
1978 956,000
1979 948,000
1980 941,000
1981 932,000
1982 924,000
1983 916,000
1984 908,000
1985 907,000
1986 912,000
1987 917,000
1988 922,000
1989 928,000
1990 936,000
1991 947,000
1992 958,000
1993 969,000
1994 980,000
1995 988,000
1996 991,000
1997 994,000
1998 998,000
1999 1,001,000
2000 1,005,000
2001 1,008,000
2002 1,012,000
2003 1,015,000
2004 1,019,000
2005 1,025,000
2006 1,033,000
2007 1,041,000
2008 1,048,000
2009 1,057,000
2010 1,065,000
2011 1,073,000
2012 1,081,000
2013 1,089,000
2014 1,098,000
2015 1,106,000
2016 1,115,000
2017 1,123,000
2018 1,132,000
2019 1,140,000
2020 1,149,000

Amsterdam Urban Area Population Projections

2021 1,158,000
2022 1,166,000
2023 1,174,000
2024 1,182,000
2025 1,189,000
2026 1,196,000
2027 1,203,000
2028 1,209,000
2029 1,214,000
2030 1,219,000
2031 1,223,000
2032 1,227,000
2033 1,231,000
2034 1,234,000
2035 1,237,000

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