[As of January 2019] Latest population of Hiroshima City and changes from last 4 years

hiroshima city basic information

Do you know how many people live in Hiroshima city today?

This post find out latest population of Hiroshima city and also changes of population from last 4 years based on the data from hiroshima city’s statistics.

[As of 1st January 2019] Population of Hiroshima city and changes of population from last 4 years

Hiroshima city’s 11th biggest city in Japan

Based on the statistics published by Hiroshima city, estimated population of Hiroshima city is 1,199,543 as of 1st January 2019.

Hiroshima City is 11th biggest city in terms of population in Japan. 

Next table describes 11 biggest cities in Japan as of 1st January 2019 according to Yokohama city website.

No. City(Prefecture) Population
1 Tokyo special wards(Tokyo) 9,569,121 
2 Yokohama(Kanagawa) 3,740,944
3 Osaka(Osaka)  2,727,255
4 Nagoya(Aichi)  2,321,727
5 Sapporo(Hokkaido)  1,966,735
6 Fukuoka(Fukuoka) 1,582,368
7 Kobe(Hyogo) 1,526,639
8 Kawasaki(Kanagawa) 1,517,756
9 Kyoto(Kyoto) 1,468,525
10 Saitama(Saitama) 1,297,835
11 Hiroshima(Hiroshima) 1,199,543



Hiroshima city has 43% of population of Hiroshima Pref.

As of 1st December 2018, population of Hiroshima Prefecture is 2,819,327.Thus, Hiroshima city consists of 43% of population of Hiroshima Prefecture

Scenery near Hiroshima station

Population of Hiroshima city is growing, might hit 1.2 million by the end of 2019

Hiroshima city Population Increase Year on Year
Jan. 2019 1,199,543 +811 +0.07%
Jan. 2018 1,198,732 +1,470 +0.12%
Jan. 2017 1,197,262 +2,827 +0.24%
Jan. 2016 1,194,435  –

As of 1st January 2019, population of Hiroshima city was 1,199,543.Above table shows last 4 years population and changes.It shows population of Hiroshima city keep growing, however growth rate is decreasing year on year.Even though growth rate is stagnated, it possibly hit the record of 1.2 million population within 2019.

Population of each ward in Hiroshima city

Hiroshima city has 8 wards

Hiroshima city has 8 wards.

Let’s look at each ward by the map below.

[reference] Hiroshima city website

Then, let’s see each ward’s population by the figure below as of 1st January 2019. 

[As of 1st Jan. 2019] Population of each ward in Hiroshima city

Above figure shows that in terms of population biggest ward is Asaminami-ku and smallest one is Aki-ku.

Now let’s see changes of each ward’s populaion in descending order.

Hiroden Tram

1. Population of Asaminami-ku

Asaminami-ku Populaion Change
Jan. 2019 246,142 +667
Jan. 2018 245,475 +1,253
Jan. 2017 244,222 +1,464
Jan. 2016 242,758  

Population of Asaminami-ku used to grow fastest, however in latest data(2018-2019) shows that population increase of Naka-ku finally overtook Asaminami-ku.

Many residential real-estate has been developed in Asaminami-ku, and following that development, population have been increased. Big residential development projects are, for example, Kokoro and Kasugano.

Also, Asaminami-ku has good transportation environment. 2 public transportation(JR(Japan Rail)-Kabe Line and Astram Line) run within Asaminami-ku, and there are highway junction(Hiroshima Interchange).

There’s plan that Astram Line’s going to be expanded to Nishi-ku in late 2020.

2.Population of Nishi-ku

Nishi-ku Population Change
Jan. 2019 191,225 -461
Jan. 2018 191,686 +14
Jan. 2017 191,672 +594
Jan. 2016 191,078  

Next ward is Nishi-ku. Population of Nishi-ku is decreasing from 2018 to 2019. This is surprising since population of Naka-ku and Saeki-ku,which both next to Nishi-ku, is increasing.  

3.Population of Minami-ku

Minami-ku Population Change
Jan. 2019 144,001 +230
Jan. 2018 143,771 +660
Jan. 2017 143,111 +281
Jan. 2016 142,830  

Population of Minami-ku is increasing. Speaking of Minami-ku, 2 big high-rise residential condominium projects had just completed in 2016, one is City Tower Hiroshima(52 stories, 193m) and the other is Grand Cross Tower Hiroshima(46 stories, 163m). Minami-ku is very close location to Naka-ku(Naka-ku has biggest shopping and dining areas in Hiroshima called Kamiyacho, and Hacchobori), so this population increase seems fair enough. 

4. Population of Asakita-ku

Asakita-ku Population Change
Jan. 2019 141,279 -1,005
Jan. 2018 142,284 -1,184
Jan. 2017 143,468 -1,250
Jan. 2016 144,718  

Asakita-ku is located most northern area in Hiroshima city. Decrease of population keeps going on in this ward.

5. Population of Naka-ku

Naka-ku Population Change
Jan. 2019 140,343 +1,449
Jan. 2018 138,894 +911
Jan. 2017 137,983 +1,121
Jan. 2016 136,862  

Naka-ku gained population the most among 8 wards from 2018 to 2019. In Hiroshima city, Naka-ku is the biggest commercia area but in terms of influx of population, Asaminami-ku had been strongest. However, recent data shows Naka-ku overtook Asaminami-ku in terms of increase of population. There will be big project coming up, for example Hitoto Hiroshima The Tower(53stories, 178m) and some under planning.

6. Population of Saeki-ku

Saeki-ku Population Change
Jan. 2019 138,098 +575
Jan. 2018 137,523 +263
Jan. 2017 137,260 +432
Jan. 2016 136,828  

Saeki-ku keep gaining population influx. In 2018, Japanese retail giant AEON has just opened its first outlet mall. It is located in Saeki-ku and it’s called THE OUTLET HIROSHIMA. Also, adjacent to this outlet mall, residential areas have been developed.

7. Population of Higashi-ku

Higashi-ku Population Change
Jan. 2019 119,827 207
Jan. 2018 120,034 -204
Jan. 2017 120,238 +222
Jan. 2016 120,016  

Higashi-ku lost its population last 2 years. north side of Hiroshima station is in Higashi-ku and
the periphery of Hiroshima station is under developing right now. Buildings of Hiroshima Station are supposed to rebuild in 2025.

8. Population of Aki-ku

Aki-ku Population Change
Jan. 2019 78,628 -437
Jan. 2018 79,065 -243
Jan. 2017 79,308 -37
Jan. 2016 79,345  

Aki-ku is located in most east area and also adjacent to Fuchu-cho, Kaita-cho, Saka-cho, and Kumano-cho. This ward keep losing its population recently.


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