Istanbul Population 2024 [Current and Historic]

Istanbul, one of the most populous cities in the world (its population is over 15 million as of 2024) where the continents of Europe and Asia seamlessly blend, is not just a historical and cultural gem, but also one of the world’s most populous cities. Nestled between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara, this vibrant metropolis has been a beacon for travelers, traders, and empires for centuries.

With its rich tapestry of stories, Istanbul’s population has grown continuously, reflecting its magnetic allure and strategic significance. As we delve into the numbers and narratives of its inhabitants, we get a glimpse of the heartbeats that make Istanbul the dynamic city it is today. Here’s the population of Istanbul, year by year.

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A beautiful view of Bosphorus and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge

A beautiful view of the Bosphorus and the 2nd Bridge (Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge). I took this photo on December 3, 2023, from Yıldız Technical University Social Facilities, near Rumelihisarı castle.

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A photo of Belgrade Forest, İstanbul under snow

Belgrade Forest, a serene and lush oasis on the outskirts of Istanbul, transforms into a winter wonderland under the spell of snow. This photo that I took back on January 18, 2021, captures this transformation. It showcases the forest’s hilltops and trees blanketed in a heavy layer of snow. This enchanting scenery, set against the backdrop of Istanbul’s dynamic cityscape, offers a moment of tranquility and awe-inspiring beauty.

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Spring Has Sprung in Istanbul

As the winter chill begins to fade away, the vibrant and bustling city of Istanbul is coming to life once again. Spring is a magical time of year in this ancient city, where the scent of blooming flowers fills the air and the city’s rich cultural heritage and breathtaking architecture are on full display. Istanbul is the perfect destination to welcome the arrival of spring with its colorful streets, bustling markets, tranquil parks, and gardens. Whether you’re exploring the city’s many historic landmarks or simply soaking up the sights and sounds of everyday life, Istanbul is a truly enchanting place to visit during the spring season.

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