Delhi with a population of 2.05 crore is the most populous city of India. Know more on current population, sex ratio and literacy rate of New Delhi in 2021.

Population of Delhi 2021

Population of Delhi, India

Population of Delhi - The population of New Delhi has increased rapidly in last 10 years. From a figure of 400,000 in year 1901, the population of Delhi has increased to around 20,591,874 in current year 2021. According to 2011 census of India, population of Delhi was around 16,753,235. There has been tremendous development in transport, education and other facilities offered by the government and other agencies in Delhi. The population of Delhi is expected to rise 10% by the year 2022. Better roads and a good living standard in Delhi have attracted people from all over India. Not only are locals visiting the capital, tourists from all over the world have made their way to New Delhi.

According to 2001 Census of India, the population of Delhi was 13,782,976. In 2004, this figure increased to 15,279,000. The capital of India is considered to be second largest metropolitan city after Mumbai. The literacy rate in New Delhi was quiet good at 81.82% approximately in 2001 which now stands at 86% in 2021. Estimated figures say that 200,000 to 300,000 people a year settle in Delhi permanently from other states in Delhi as migrants. These people come in search of employment and better education opportunities and become the permanent resident of Delhi. A large proportion of New Delhi's population is formed by this section of migrants coming from other states. Located in South east delhi, Sangam Vihar is Asia's largest unauthorized colony with a population of over 4 Lakhs.

The population of Delhi mainly consists of Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians and so on. Hinduism is the main religion in Delhi with 81% Hindu followers. All the major Hindu festivals are celebrated by Hindu community in New Delhi. Muslims with 11.7% population forms the second largest community after Hindus in New Delhi. Majority of the Muslim population live in the Old Delhi areas like Chandni Chowk, Daryaganj, and so on. Sikhism is another major religion in Delhi forming large community in capital of India.

Current Population of Delhi in 2021 is 20,591,874*
Delhi has been witnessing a record breaking growth in its population in comparison with all other metro cities in India. Current Population of Delhi in 2021 is estimated to bb 20,591,874 - an increase of 4 lakh people from previous year (2020) figure of 20,188,648. In 2018, its population was estimated to be over 19.4 million. However, this figure was recorded to be 19,072,564 in 2017. NCR Region, which constituent’s parts of in and around national capital of India is world’s 2nd most populous area after Tokyo (38.1 million) region. Population of NCR in India is estimated to be over 43 million as of January, 2020.

Population of Delhi in 2016
According to estimated figures (Census of India) Delhi, the capital of India was home to over 18.6 million people in 2016. The city has been witnessing a huge growth in its population over the last 20 years. The capital of India is world's second most populous city after Tokyo, which holds the number one spot. Total population of Delhi in 2016 was 18,686,902. New Delhi's population is growing at a alarming rate, urban expansion has expanded beyond NCT. Total Population of NCR including areas in neighbouring states was recorded at 25 million in 2014.

Population of Delhi in 2015
The historic city of Delhi recorded a population of 18,248,290 in year 2015.

Population of Delhi in 2014 was 17,862,461*

Population of Delhi in 2013 was - 17,484,790 (estimated)

What is the Population of New Delhi
According to projected figures from World Bank, Population of New Delhi in 2021 is 20,591,874. Delhi is witnessing a huge growth in its population every year. Population of Delhi city is estimated to cross 25 million in 2022.

Population of NCR
The capital of India, Delhi is a part of NCR (National Capital Region) which has been given special status under the constitution of India. Baghpat, Gurgaon, Sonepat, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Noida, Greater Noida and other nearby towns are included in the NCR Zone. Population of NCR in 2011 was 21,753,486. NCR or National Capital Region is the most populous Metropolitan area in India followed by Mumbai and Kolkata.

Population of Delhi in 2012
Population of Delhi in 2012 was estimated to be 17,115,104. A large number of migratory population constitute towards this figure of 17.1 million people in New Delhi.

Delhi Population in 2011
According to figures provided by Census of India 2011, Population of Delhi was estimated to be 16,753,235. This further includes 8.9 million males and 7.7 females living in the capital of India.

Population Growth in Delhi
In the last 50 years, Delhi has witnessed a nonstop growth in its ever increasing population. From 1951 to 2001, Delhi has witnesses an enormous growth in its population. From a figure of 1.7 million in 1951, Population of Delhi has touched 19.4 million in 2018. Better standard of living offered by the capital has lured people from all over India to settle here. A major portion of Delhi's population is migratory, people who do not belong to Delhi by birth, but they are permanently settled in the capital of India for various reasons.

Future Population of Delhi
According to latest UN Reports, Delhi urban agglomeration population will be over 30 million by 2025.

Frequently Asked Questions - Population of Delhi

Q: What is the Population of Delhi?

A: According to recent estimates from Government of India, Population of Delhi is 2.05 crore in 2021.

According to latest Census of India 2011, District wise population of Delhi also showed an increase as compared to last census of 2001. Know more on area wise population of New Delhi.

Check out growth of Population in Delhi in comparison to last 100 years.

* Population of Delhi after Census 2011 are projected figures.