Lahore is the capital city of the Pakistani province of Punjab. It is the second largest and most populous city in Pakistan, after Karachi, and the 32nd most populous urban city in the world. Lahore is one of Pakistan’s wealthiest cities with an estimated total nominal GDP of $58.14 billion as of 2014.
Lahore is the cultural centre of the Punjab and largest Punjabi city in the world. The city has a long history, and was once capital of the Sikh Empire, before becoming the capital of the Punjab under British rule. Lahore was central to the independence movements of both India and Pakistan, with the city being site of both the declaration of Indian Independence, and the resolution calling for the establishment of Pakistan. Lahore is one of Pakistan’s most liberal and cosmopolitan cities with a Muslim majority and a large Christian population. Also, surprisingly Lahore contains some of Sikhism’s holiest sites, and is a major Sikh pilgrimage site. Lahore is a city rich in history and tradition; it has experienced 3 major eras in its history – the Mughul Empire, British colonial, and now the modern city of Pakistan.The city is also a major centre of education in Pakistan,with some of Pakistan’s leading universities based in the city. Lahore is also home to Pakistan’s film industry, Lollywood, and is a major centre of Qawwali music. The city is a major tourist destination, particularly the areas surrounding the ancient Walled City which is home to several World Heritage Sites.
POPULATION OF LAHORE IN 2017:
Talking about population, in order to check out the population of Lahore in 2017, we need to have a look at the population of the past 5 years. They are as per the following:
- 2012 – 5.66 million
- 2013 – 6 million
- 2014 – 6.35 million
- 2015 – 6.7 million
- 2016 – 7 million
LAHORE Population 2017 – 8.741 million(Estimated)
The current population of Lahore is little over 7 million within an area of 1772 km squared. Thankfully, the city has expanded to almost double its size in the last 14 years but the Lahore remains the 42nd most heavily populated city in the world. . Lahore’s population in 1998 stood at just under 6.5 million with a figure for 2013 of just over 7 million with a current growth rate of just over 2%.
According to the 1998 census, Lahore’s population was 6,318,745. Mid-2006 government estimates put the population at somewhere around 10 million, which makes it the second largest city in Pakistan, after Karachi. It is considered to be one of the 30 largest cities of the world.
Predicted increase in population by 2025: 3.17 million.
On average, 547 children are born in the six teaching hospitals of Lahore every day.
The Ministry of Population were working to bring down the growth rate to 1.73 per cent. And at the same time, the city district government was planning to build infrastructure to cope with the increasing population of the city. Lahore’s population was 6,318,745,and in 2003 the estimated population was 8.5 million.It is believed that in 2011 Lahore population will be more than 11 million.And in 2025 this population will be double approx 22.3 million.Such an Increase may cause very adverse effects on the economy of the country.
DEMOGRAPHY OF LAHORE:
The main religion in Lahore is Muslim – mostly Sunni or Shia- which makes up 94% of the population. The remaining 6% are nearly all Christians. There are also a small number of minority religions such as Sikh and Hindu.
Of the people in Lahore, 87% of them speak Punjabi but that too in different dialects making it a diverse speaking population area. Other languages spoken include Urdu – the national language, and English – which is spoken and understood by a large number of people. According to the 1998 census, 86.2% or 6,896,000 of the population are Punjabis; 10.2% or 816,000 are Urdu speakers and the Seraikis, at 0.4%, number about 32,000.
Lahore is a young country with over 40% of its inhabitants below the age of 15. The average life expectancy stand at less than 60 years of age. Another interesting statistic is that less than 40% of the population of the city are literate.
POPULATION DENSITY AND GROWTH RATE IN LAHORE:
Lahore’s population has almost doubled over the last 12 years from 5.14 million in 1998 to about 9 million at present and is expected to cross 11.25 million by 2020 if it keeps growing at the current rate – 2.05 per cent. It was only 2.9 million in 1981 census.
The population density in Lahore is 3,566 / sq.km.
FACTS ABOUT LAHORE:
1. Lahore is known as the City of Gardens. Many gardens were built in Lahore during the Mughal era, some of which still survive.
2. The Lahore Zoo is the second oldest zoo in South Asia after Calcutta and has been a source of amusement and recreation for families for more than 100 years.
3. Lahore is known as Pakistan’s educational capital, since it is the largest producer of professionals in the fields of science, technology, IT, engineering, medicine, nuclear sciences, pharmacology, telecommunication, biotechnology and microelectronics.
4. Pakistan’s film industry is based in the city and is called Lollywood.
5. Lahore is the centre of sports for Pakistan and has successfully hosted many international events and is the the head office of Pakistan Olympic Association.