Bulgaria Population (LIVE)

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Bulgaria Population (1950 - 2024)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)
  • The current population of Bulgaria is 6,631,387 as of Monday, April 22, 2024, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data 1.
  • Bulgaria 2023 population is estimated at 6,687,717 people at mid year.
  • Bulgaria population is equivalent to 0.08% of the total world population.
  • Bulgaria ranks number 110 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
  • The population density in Bulgaria is 62 per Km2 (160 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 108,560 Km2 (41,915 sq. miles)
  • 77.9 % of the population is urban (5,211,414 people in 2023)
  • The median age in Bulgaria is 44.8 years.
1. Updated on July 16, 2023 with the latest July 2023-July 2024 estimates from the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

Population of Bulgaria (2024 and historical)

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationBulgaria
Global Rank
2024 6,618,615 -1.03 % -69,102 -4,800 45.1 1.60 61 78.5 % 5,195,965 0.08 % 8,118,835,999 110
2023 6,687,717 -1.39 % -94,236 -4,800 44.8 1.59 62 77.9 % 5,211,414 0.08 % 8,045,311,447 110
2022 6,781,953 -1.51 % -103,915 -4,800 44.7 1.59 62 77.1 % 5,225,976 0.09 % 7,975,105,156 108
2020 6,979,175 -1.04 % -73,357 -9,902 44.3 1.58 64 75.3 % 5,253,037 0.09 % 7,840,952,880 106
2015 7,309,253 -0.76 % -56,604 -15,356 42.6 1.54 67 72.7 % 5,310,568 0.10 % 7,426,597,537 105
2010 7,592,273 -0.58 % -44,590 -8,686 41.0 1.57 70 70.5 % 5,353,646 0.11 % 6,985,603,105 99
2005 7,815,221 -0.71 % -56,494 -3,832 40.0 1.37 72 69.4 % 5,423,484 0.12 % 6,558,176,119 93
2000 8,097,691 -0.91 % -75,978-11,295 38.6 1.26 75 68.0 % 5,510,364 0.13 % 6,148,898,975 90
1995 8,477,579 -0.67 % -58,040 -22,495 37.0 1.24 78 67.0 % 5,679,599 0.15 % 5,743,219,454 82
1990 8,767,778 -0.34 % -29,860 -29,479 35.5 1.81 81 66.9 % 5,868,643 0.16 % 5,316,175,862 77
1985 8,917,076 -0.14 % -12,706 -32,050 34.4 1.98 82 65.0 % 5,797,183 0.18 % 4,861,730,613 71
1980 8,980,606 0.27 % 23,927 -28,047 32.9 2.06 83 61.4 % 5,513,719 0.20 % 4,444,007,706 65
1975 8,860,971 0.64 % 55,604 -12,089 32.1 2.23 82 56.8 % 5,029,979 0.22 % 4,069,437,231 62
1970 8,582,950 0.81 % 67,576 2,745 31.8 2.18 79 51.8 % 4,449,410 0.23 % 3,695,390,336 61
1965 8,245,072 0.88 % 70,663 1,838 30.8 2.08 76 45.6 % 3,762,158 0.25 % 3,337,111,983 52
1960 7,891,756 0.98 % 74,767 -1,050 29.2 2.31 73 37.1 % 2,925,530 0.26 % 3,019,233,434 56
1955 7,517,922 0.99 % 72,058 -3,623 27.6 2.38 69 32.4 % 2,435,785 0.27 % 2,746,072,141 52
Source: Worldometer (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).
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Bulgaria Population Forecast

-4,800
YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationBulgaria
Global Rank
2025 6,565,190 -1.22 % -82,797 -4,800 45.4 1.60 60 78.9 % 5,179,498 0.08 % 8,191,988,453 111
2030 6,290,166 -0.85 % -55,005 -4,800 46.9 1.62 58 80.8 % 5,082,261 0.07 % 8,546,141,327 114
2035 6,008,012 -0.91 % -56,431 -4,800 48.3 1.63 55 82.6 % 4,964,822 0.07 % 8,879,397,401 119
2040 5,727,006 -0.95 % -56,201 -4,800 49.6 1.64 53 84.6 % 4,842,632 0.06 % 9,188,250,492 121
2045 5,453,350 -0.97 % -54,731 -4,800 50.4 1.65 50 86.6 % 4,724,481 0.06 % 9,467,543,575 127
2050 5,187,392 -0.99 % -53,192   49.9 1.65 48 88.8 % 4,606,350 0.05 % 9,709,491,761 127
Source: Worldometer (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

Bulgaria Demographics

Main Page: Demographics of Bulgaria
Life Expectancy
72.84 years
(life expectancy at birth, both sexes)
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Infant Mortality
5.5
(infant deaths per 1,000 live births)
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Deaths under age 5
6.6
(per 1,000 live births)
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Main Cities by Population in Bulgaria

(includes boroughs, districts, urban agglomerations, etc.)

# CITY NAME POPULATION
1 Sofia 1,152,556
2 Plovdiv 340,494
3 Varna 312,770
4 Burgas 195,966
5 Ruse 156,238
6 Stara Zagora 143,431
7 Pleven 118,675
8 Sliven 96,368
9 Dobrich 94,831
10 Shumen 87,283
11 Pernik 82,467
12 Yambol 80,116
13 Haskovo 79,699
14 Pazardzhik 75,977
15 Blagoevgrad 71,306
16 Veliko Turnovo 66,217
17 Gabrovo 66,175
18 Vratsa 64,941
19 Kazanlak 55,196
20 Vidin 54,409
21 Asenovgrad 52,170
22 Kardzhali 51,000
23 Kyustendil 48,286
24 Montana 47,445
25 Dimitrovgrad 43,288
26 Lovech 42,211
27 Silistra 39,715
28 Razgrad 38,285
29 Targovishte 37,774
30 Dupnitsa 34,764
31 Gorna Oryahovitsa 32,792
32 Svishtov 32,256
33 Smolyan 32,069
34 Petrich 30,308
35 Samokov 26,765
36 Lom 26,594
37 Sandanski 26,459
38 Sevlievo 24,582
39 Nova Zagora 24,340
40 Velingrad 24,036
41 Cherven Bryag 21,688
42 Troyan 21,162
43 Aytos 20,986
44 Botevgrad 20,909
45 Gotse Delchev 20,471
46 Karlovo 19,958
47 Karnobat 19,709
48 Panagyurishte 19,389
49 Svilengrad 19,279
50 Harmanli 18,931
51 Peshtera 18,676
52 Chirpan 17,243
53 Parvomay 17,000
54 Popovo 16,571
55 Rakovski 15,782
56 Berkovitsa 15,027

See also

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Notes

The Bulgaria Population (Live) counter shows a continuously updated estimate of the current population of Bulgaria delivered by Worldometer's RTS algorithm, which processes data collected from the United Nations Population Division.

The Population of Bulgaria (1950 - 2023) chart plots the total population count as of July 1 of each year, from 1950 to 2023.

The Yearly Population Growth Rate chart plots the annual percentage changes in population registered on July 1 of each year, from 1951 to 2023. This value can differ from the Yearly % Change shown in the historical table, which shows the last year equivalent percentage change assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five year period.

Definitions

Year: as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Population: Overall total population (both sexes and all ages) in the country as of July 1 of the year indicated, as estimated by the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. For forecasted years, the U.N. medium-fertility variant is used.


Yearly % Change: For 2023: percentage change in total population over the last year (from July 1, 2022 to June 30 2023). For all other years: latest year annual percentage change equivalent assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five year period, calculated through reverse compounding.

Yearly Change: For 2023: absolute change in total population (increase or decrease in number of people) over the last year (from July 1, 2022 to June 30 2023). For all other years: average annual numerical change over the preceding five year period.

Migrants (net): The average annual number of immigrants minus the number of emigrants over the preceding five year period (running from July 1 to June 30 of the initial and final years), or subsequent five year period (for 2016 data). A negative number means that there are more emigrants than immigrants.

Median Age: age that divides the population into two numerically equal groups: half of the people are older than the median age indicated and half are younger. This parameter provides an indication of age distribution.

Fertility Rate: (Total Fertility Rate, or TFR), it is expressed as children per woman. It is calculated as the average number of children an average woman will have during her reproductive period (15 to 49 years old) based on the current fertility rates of every age group in the country, and assuming she is not subject to mortality.

Density (P/Km²): (Population Density) Population per square Kilometer (Km²).

Urban Pop % : Urban population as a percentage of total population.

Urban Population: Population living in areas classified as urban according to the criteria used by each country.

Country's Share of World Pop: Total population in the country as a percentage of total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

World Population: Total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Global Rank: Position held by Bulgaria in the list of all countries worldwide ranked by population (from the highest population to the lowest population) as of July 1 of the year indicated.