Here are Ten Most Populated Cities of Pakistan

The population of 10 major cities of the country has increased by 74.4 per cent since 1998, when the last census was conducted, according to the data of recently concluded 6th Population and Housing Census 2017.

The total population of the 10 cities surged to 40,956,232 individuals as per the 2017 census from 23,475,067 registered during the 1998 census, the data revealed.

The figures, based on 6th Census, show that population of Karachi has increased from 9.339 million in 1998 to 14.91 million in the latest Census.

Lahore is the second largest city in terms of population. Its population has increased from 5.143 million in 1998 to 11.126 million in 2017.

Population-wise third largest city of the country is Faisalabad, the count of which has gone up from 2.008 million in 1998 to 3.203 million in 2017.

Population of Rawalpindi City stands at 2.098 million against 1.409 million in the last Census.

The data shows population of Gujranwala at 2.027 million; Peshawar 1.97 million; Multan 1.871 million; Hyderabad 1.732 million; Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation 1.014 million and Quetta 1.001 million.

Meanwhile the Sindh government has rejected the results of the census conducted earlier this year and announced that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) would call an all-parties conference (APC) on this issue.

In a policy statement issued on Monday, provincial minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said the federal government had conspired to reduce Sindh population in the statistics than what it actually was.

“This move is aimed at reducing Sindh’s share in the National Finance Commission as well as in the national and provincial assembly seats and the job quota in federal government services,” Khuhro, the president of the PPP Sindh chapter, added.

He said the PPP government in Sindh would not accept this conspiracy.

According to the results, Sindh’s share in the total population remains unchanged at 23 per cent.

Sindh is the most urbanised province having 52.02 per cent population in urban areas – a result that could disturb rural-urban quotas of the provincial assembly seats and jobs.

Sindh remains the second most populated province with 47.886 million people, which is 23 per cent of the total population.

Sindh’s population has grown by 57.3 per cent or 17.44 million during the past 19 years, but its overall share in the national population remains stagnant.

Sindh’s annual growth rate remained 2.41 per cent – slightly above the national average. Sindh’s urban population has increased to 52 per cent as compared to 48.9 per cent in 1998.

There are 48 per cent or 22.96 million women in Sindh – which is one per cent up when compared with the 1998 results.

 


  • Faisal

    Karachi needs some space! Its time to start thinking about migration from Karachi to nearby places or establish new cities nearby Karachi, this way is the only option to develop Karachi as it deserves

    • Hassaan Qureshi

      Better to break karachi into 6 smaller cities. enough with the big giant crowd of hell.
      I moved there for job purpose and couldn’t live there for more than 4 months. That place is like hell on eath.

  • Muhammed Ovais Alam

    14.9 million population of Karachi, LOL!
    Is this a joke?
    20+ million to 6-7 saal pehle suna tha (non politician researchers se).

    • Usama Anwar

      That was rough guess and it is actual calculation. Also it is population of Karachi city not Karachi metropolitan. There is difference between them.

      • Muhammed Ovais Alam

        Rough guess of 10 million people extra and 6-7 years ago?
        Itna bura rough guess to nahi ho skta kisi ka bhi.

        • Usama Anwar

          Can you share of link to that report or just “suna” tha

          • Muhammed Ovais Alam

            6-7 saal pehle ki report ka link abhi tak save kaise hoga?

    • Population & Living Person Main Farq Hota hai :

      Karachi Ki Abadi (Jo Paida Yahi Howye the) Wo Count Hota hai Population Main Jin K Pas CNIC Karachi Ka Ho :

      Wo Log Jo Karachi Main Rehte ho Aur CNIC Kisi Aur City Ka Ho Wo Usi City Main Count Kiya Jata Hai:

      Aise Bohat Se ABADI Hai Jo Karachi Ki Apni Nahi Hai :

      That’s a Reason Karachi Ki Apni Abadi Kam Baki Dekhne Main 3 Caror Hogi Q?K Wo Mix Abadi Hai..

      • Muhammed Ovais Alam

        Kia logic hai?
        Kahan parh lia bhai ye sab?

        Is tarhan to Canada aur kai aur Mumalik ki abadi kuch bhi nhi nikle gi.

        • I Checked with Censures Person Who have visited my Home & Checked via Call to PBS :
          Physically Checked Ye Kiya : Meri Anti & Uncle Punjab Se Hai Rehte Karachi Mian Unko Yahi Kaha Gaya Apki Counting PUNJAB Sheet Main Add Hogi : As Per CNIC Address

          • Muhammed Ovais Alam

            Ye kia ch*tiyapa hai.
            Har koi yahan Karachi aa rha hai kamanay aur is shehar k wasail istemal krne lekn abaadi hai hi nahi is shehar ki.
            Hadd hai jahalat ki.

            • Bhai Population Count Hoti Hai Living Nahi : Populaiton Means Yahi Ki Abadi :
              Ap Court Main Petition Daal Do : Hum Ap K Sath Hai

              • Muhammed Ovais Alam

                bhai fazool baat mat karo. konsi logic la rhi ho?
                Living aur population main farq kia hai?

                • Bhai Checked with Mardum Shumari : Jo Unho Ne Kaha Wahi Kaha

                • Asif Khan PTI

                  Bhai Its not who is from Karachi or not. Its Pakistan not inly Karachi

                  • Muhammed Ovais Alam

                    Bhai ya to Angrezi sahi likh lo ya roman ya Urdu main likh do.

      • Asif Khan PTI

        Agreed Totaly yahan bahar ki awaam zada hai tabhi

    • Zohaib Ahmed

      They don’t count suburban and outskirt towns like Malir, Korangi, Bahria Town, etc.

  • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

    Well there are some serious doubts on this census results. As per results Faisalabad’s population is only 3 million while rawalpindi’s population is just 2 Million? Are they guys serious?

    And now they are telling me that Gujranwala is bigger city than Multan, Hyderabad and Peshawer in Population? Right?

    And it doesn’t end here, they are saying that Gujranwala has just 70 thousand less people than Rawalpindi?

    PBS walo konsa sasta nasha kartay ho?

    • Waqas

      Bhai Govt wasted billions on Census, they should have ask you about the all numbers and data. So sweet… and your estimates should be declared final results. Just great…

      • ZAB

        Woh sahi keh raha hai bhai. Ab bhi pooray 3 subon ki abadi mila k punjab jitni nahi banti. Yeh sub topi drama hai. Census fraud sabit huwey hain is dafa bhi.

        • Waqas

          Nai, jab 3 subon ki abadi punjab sey zyada show ho gi tu census result tasleem kya jaein gey? Come on, any sane reason for not accepting results? You people is not accepting just because its not according to your desire and estimate. strange!

          • ZAB

            Tou kia abadi sirf punjab ki berhi hai? Baki teeno k teeno sobon main log kam par gaye hain? Inhi sub dhakoslon ki waja se mulk taraki nahi kar raha. Ab NFC award, water resources, Assembly seats sub takht e Lahore k hi control main rahien gi. Aur baki sobay wohi purani tankhwa pe kaam kartay rahien ge? Census are fraud.

        • Muhammad Sarmad Saleem

          bhai I think respective areas k mutabiq hy those who have permanent residence in the respective areas was marked there,
          on the edge to some extent there is no comparison of provinces, geographical differences hy bhai un ko dilo me na lao
          punjab or 3 sobay mil k bnaty PAKISTAN hi hy

      • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

        So you really think that Faisalabad’s population is just 3.2 Million? And do you believe that there is only 70K less people in gujranwala as compare to pindi? And you are agree to accept that Multan, Hyderabad and Peshawar are smaller than Gujranwala? If you do I can only pray for you.

        And I have got brain to analyse things, and I will continue using it as long as I live. I have seen all big cities of Punjab and I know that Lahore’s population could be double than Faisalabad not more than that and one can easily extract 3 Gujranwala out of Rawalpindi and Multan each and 3 Lahore out of one Karachi.

        These results purely based on political grounds to divide federal and provincial resources.

        • Waqas

          Bhai mein tu pehlay hi ap ki aqal-e-kul ka qaail hoon. Read my comment above i already said, they should have ask you instead of spending billions on census as your brain is above all statistical data.You can count population by just moving in streets of any city. You are the einstein. The real Champ!

          • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

            Bhai aap ka brain shayed sarcasm ke elawa aur kuch kar hi nahin sakta. Pity on you.

            Ek baat sab ko nazar aa rahi hai k possible nahin. Magar aap ka kawwa safaid hi rahay ga es liye aap chup hi rahyn.

            • Mohammed Raheel Jahangeer

              Well said @disqus_f4KOfxsOH9:disqus

              @disqus_f4tuCi5q2E:disqus To is trH support kr ra h is result ko jaise 25 ARAB m se iska B kOi hissa hO..

              Bhaii jan chOrr 2 bQi saare City k result kO bus Karachi k result kO dekh lO kYa wOH apkO thk lGRa h..??

              20-21+ MilliOn 6-10 years phle ki Population thi R aB just 14.9 MilliOn..??
              Kya sB ne Karachi chorr dia h..??
              Yaa baaQi sB TARGET KILLING m maare gae h..??

              Bhai kuch to hosh k nakhun lo ap B..

              • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

                And surprising thing is Lahore’s population grew 116% in last 20 years but Karachi’s population grew only 50%. And Gujranwala’s Population increased 100% but Faisalabad, Multan, Rawalpindi, Hyderabad and Peshawar grew less than Gujranwala. Just because PMLN has strong holds in Lahore and Gujranwala so new constituencies could be established their.

    • Zohaib Ahmed

      Bhai, They only count for the MAIN CITY and not suburbs like Bahria Town, or other outskirt towns that would be included in the METROPOLITAN AREA!, that’s why Karachi is shown to only 13 million people whereas the metropolitan population would most likely be around 27 million because suburbs and outskirts like Malir, Korangi, Bahria Town, etc. are not counted AND Islamabad Capital Territory is shown to have 2,006,572 people in the census summary and in this list Islamabad is shown to have 1,014,825. So yea….

  • Rizwan Shakir

    well being a Lyalpuria (Faisalabadi), I have doubts too on these statistics….I think City area population figures have been manipulated in a manner. also someone was a post on Facebook that the largest population by caste is of Mughals, then Arain and Awan at No. 3…..Where are Jutts and Rajputs……… pindaan dey pind saday Juttaaan dey tey ainha noo nazar e na ayye…….

    • Owaiis

      Rizwan bhaiye ik bat batayengy ? Yeh Jutt, Rajput, Awan , Arain etc etc. ka data hasil kr ke kia milega ? Is se koi fayda ya nuksaan ya kuch badlega ? Agar sirf Musalman likha jaye to zyada behtar nai ?

      P.s – I’m also a Jutt but I am more proud to be a Muslim.

      • Mohammed Raheel Jahangeer

        @owaiis:disqus After Muslim we are PAKISTANI..

        But pta nh hm ye bt kB seekhenGe..??
        kB baahir ayenGe is NASAL PARASTI se..??

        Ap apnii zaat kO yd rkhO bt jB Pakistan kii baarii aye tO atleast iskO peeche rkh k just 1 Pakistani hO k sOcho..

        • Owaiis

          Bilkul theek.

        • Asif Khan PTI

          Agreed

      • Rizwan Shakir

        Sorry for late reply, saw it now. well the thing is when Gen. ZIa ul Haq held elections on non party basis, these (Brothery برادری) things evolved. Now, it is an established fact that votes in majority of ur country (almost all rural population and tribes) are being cast on ethnic, religious (مسلک) and tribal (which is also a kind of caste system) grounds. I or you didn’t start it. That’s the way things started and no one has tried to bring a corrections system. Infact, let me summarize……….(کسی بھی برادری کے بڑوں کے ساتھ جپھی ڈال لو، بدلے میں آپ کو ووٹ تھالی میں رکھ کر مِل جائیں گے سب لوگوں کے) isn’t it so?

        • Rizwan Shakir

          اور ایک اور بات ہوئی اِس اکٹھ بندی سے کہ ایک ہی برادری کے لوگوں نے اپنے آپ کو Centralize کرنا شروع کر دیا اور اپنی آبادیاں بنانا شروع کر دیں۔ اپنے اُمیدوار لانے شروع کر دیے۔ چھوٹٰی سی مثال دیتا ہوں۔ آپ کی خوشاب، جوہرآباد سائیڈ وغیرہ ملک برادری (اعوان وغیرہ) سے بھری ہوئی ہے۔ وہاں دوسری برادری کا بندہ اُسے وقت جیتے گا جب کوئی چمتکار ہوگا یا پھر سودے بازی ہوگی۔

  • Karachi 14.9 Million ? Kaash aisa hota.

    • Population & Living Person Main Farq Hota hai :
      Karachi Ki Abadi (Jo Paida Yahi Howye the) Wo Count Hota hai Population Main Jin K Pas CNIC Karachi Ka Ho :
      Wo Log Jo Karachi Main Rehte ho Aur CNIC Kisi Aur City Ka Ho Wo Usi City Main Count Kiya Jata Hai:
      Aise Bohat Se ABADI Hai Jo Karachi Ki Apni Nahi Hai :
      That’s a Reason Karachi Ki Apni Abadi Kam Baki Dekhne Main 3 Caror Hogi Q?K Wo Mix Abadi Hai.

    • Zohaib Ahmed

      They didn’t count places like Bahria Town, Cantonments (Clifton Cantt. is included), etc. or else the population would be much higher. Looks like they only counted the “Main” city like Saddar Town, Lyari, Gulshan Town, Jamshed Town, etc.

  • Owaiis

    We need to build more cities and implement two child policy. But nobody cares. Jahilon ki fauj banti ja rahi ha abaadi.

    • Soobay bhi mazeed ban jain to acha hai.

      • Phir Minister Phir CM Phir DG, Etc Bhi Bante Aur Qo Bhi Qaim Ali Shah Ki Tarha Kehte :
        Itna Bara Sehar Hai Main Thori Na Ghar Ghar Ja Kar Pata Karoga : K Kis Ko Kiya Masla Hai

      • Owaiis

        Banne chahyen. Kyu ke agar ap Turkey ka map dekhenge wahan bhi bht chotay chotay provinces hain aur is se management bht achi hoti ha. Even a country like Afghanistan me vi itni akal ha ke unke bhi chotey chotey soobay hain. We should do this.

  • Sane Karachiite

    Karachi popluation 14 million? What a joke.

    Karachi has always been more than 25+ million

    Thank you Government of Pakistan (i mean punjab), for stealing NFC distribution from other provinces once again.

    No wonder Bangaldesh got independence :)

    • Waqas

      in 1998 Punjab’s population share was 56% and now it has dropped to 51%. Provinces get NFC distribution on “whole province’s population” base not base on a specific city population. Punjab’s share is going to drop after this census result.

  • Ibrahim Muhammed Ojha

    Wrong numbers.

    We live in these cities and know that these numbers are not correct.

    • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

      Yeh baat @Waqas bhai k samne na karna. Woh aap ke brain tak pohanch jayen gay. :P

    • Zohaib Ahmed

      There is a big difference between MAIN CITY and a METROPOLITAN AREA

  • Muhammad Mohsin Siddiqee

    I am sure Karachi is above 25 Million its Game behind figures to give a shut-up call to those who wants to make KHI a new Province

  • Population & Living Person Main Farq Hota hai :
    Karachi Ki Abadi (Jo Paida Yahi Howye the) Wo Count Hota hai Population Main Jin K Pas CNIC Karachi Ka Ho :
    Wo Log Jo Karachi Main Rehte ho Aur CNIC Kisi Aur City Ka Ho Wo Usi City Main Count Kiya Jata Hai:
    Aise Bohat Se ABADI Hai Jo Karachi Ki Apni Nahi Hai :
    That’s a Reason Karachi Ki Apni Abadi Kam Baki Dekhne Main 3 Caror Hogi Q?K Wo Mix Abadi Hai

    • Hafiz Abdul Basit BJ

      First sane reply I saw, baqi saare to Einstein bn rahe hain bs,

    • ZAB

      Jo yahan khaata peeta hai, dhota nahata hai, kamata hai woh resources karachi k use karay ga aur count kahien aur hoga? Kahan ki logic le aye ho tum?

      • I Checked with Censures Person Who have visited my Home & Checked via Call to PBS :

        Physically Checked Ye Kiya : Meri Anti & Uncle Punjab Se Hai Rehte Karachi Mian Unko Yahi Kaha Gaya Apki Counting PUNJAB Sheet Main Add Hogi : As Per CNIC Address..

  • Eli Ehsan

    yeh result hi dena tha toh Millions of rupees kyu kharch kiye Gormint bhai ne? aise results to Jabbar Paan wala bhi bata deta ek meethha katha banate banate….. :P

    • Owaiis

      Jabbar Paan wala Zindabad !

  • Lahore is quite lucky i guess. A lot of space around for expansion.
    I assume someday Raiwind & Kasoor is also gona merge with it!

  • Asif Khan PTI

    eska matlab huwa k karachi mey zada tar awaam bahar ki hai !

  • Zohaib Ahmed

    TO ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO SAY THE POPULATION STATISTICS ARE WRONG:

    They only count for the MAIN CITY and not suburbs like Bahria Town or
    other outskirt towns that would be included in the METROPOLITAN AREA!,
    that’s why Karachi is shown to only 13 million people whereas the
    metropolitan population would most likely be around 27 million AND
    Islamabad Capital Territory is shown to have 2,006,572 people in the
    census summary and in this list Islamabad is shown to have 1,014,825. So
    yea…