Afghanistan - Demographics

Demographics

As of 2011, the population of Afghanistan is around 29,835,392, which includes the roughly 2 million Afghan refugees still living in Pakistan and Iran. In 1979, the population was reported to be about 15.5 million. The only city with over a million residents is its capital, Kabul. The other largest cities in the country are, in order of population size, Kandahar, Herat, Mazar-i-Sharif, Kunduz, Jalalabad, Lashkar Gah, Taloqan, Puli Khumri, Khost, Ghazni, Sheberghan, Sar-e Pol, and Farah. Urban areas are experiencing rapid population growth following the return of over 5 million expats. According to the Population Reference Bureau, the Afghan population is estimated to increase to 82 million by 2050.

Largest cities or towns of Afghanistan
2010-11 estimate
Rank City name Province Pop.

Kabul


Kandahar

1 Kabul Kabul Province 3,071,400
Herat


Mazar-i-Sharif

2 Kandahar Kandahar Province 512,000
3 Herat Herat Province 397,456
4 Mazar-i-Sharif Balkh Province 375,000
5 Jalalabad Nangarhar Province 205,423
6 Lashkar Gar Helmand Province 201,546
7 Taloqan Takhar Province 196,400
8 Khost Khost Province 160,214
9 Sheberghan Jowzjan Province 148,329
10 Ghazni Ghazni Province 141,000

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