Demographics of Podgorica

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Podgorica is the capital and largest city of Montenegro. According to 2011 census, the population of Podgorica city proper is 150,799, while Podgorica Capital City (analogous to metropolitan area, and similar to opština/municipality subdivision in the rest of Montenegro) has a population of 185,937.

Historical population[edit]

Historical population (city proper)
YearPop.±%
1948 14,369—    
1953 19,868+38.3%
1961 35,054+76.4%
1971 61,727+76.1%
1981 96,074+55.6%
1991 116,235+21.0%
2003 136,473+17.4%
2011 150,799+10.5%
Source: Monstat
Historical population (Metro area)
YearPop.±%
1948 48,599—    
1953 55,669+14.5%
1961 72,319+29.9%
1971 98,796+36.6%
1981 132,290+33.9%
1991 146,121+10.5%
2003 169,132+15.7%
2011 185,937+9.9%
Source: Monstat

Households[edit]

Households (City proper)
YearPop.±%
1948 4,030—    
1953 5,360+33.0%
1961 9,549+78.2%
1971 16,457+72.3%
1981 25,152+52.8%
1991 32,210+28.1%
2003 40,090+24.5%
2011 48,012+19.8%
Source: Monstat
Households (Metro area)
YearPop.±%
1948 11,074—    
1953 12,618+13.9%
1961 17,287+37.0%
1971 24,077+39.3%
1981 32,581+35.3%
1991 39,653+21.7%
2003 48,416+22.1%
2011 57,045+17.8%
Source: Monstat


Dwellings[edit]

Dwellings (City proper)
YearPop.±%
1971 14,323—    
1981 22,560+57.5%
1991 32,346+43.4%
2003 44,277+36.9%
2011 57,365+29.6%
Source: Monstat
Dwellings (Metro area)
YearPop.±%
1971 21,778—    
1981 30,304+39.1%
1991 40,376+33.2%
2003 56,708+40.4%
2011 72,688+28.2%
Source: Monstat

Ethnicity[edit]

Ethnicity (2011 census) City proper Percentage (CP) Metro area Percentage (MA)
Montenegrins 90,970 60,25% 106,642 57,34%
Serbs 36,207 23,98% 43,248 23,25%
Romani 3,864 2,56% 3,988 2,14%
Muslims by nationality 3,393 2,25% 4,122 2,22%
Bosniaks 2,630 1,74% 3,687 1,98%
Albanians 1,477 0,98% 9,538 5,13%
Croats 614 0,41% 664 0,36%
Undeclared 7,292 4,83% 8,892 4,78%
Other 4,530 3% 5,156 2,77%

Religion[edit]

Religion (2011 census) City proper Percentage (CP) Metro area Percentage (MA)
Eastern Orthodoxy 122,969 81,45% 145,575 78,29%
Islam 14,962 9,91% 20,883 11,23%
Catholicism 2,735 1,81% 7,947 4,27%
Atheist 3,554 2,35% 3,698 1,99%
Other 6,757 4,48% 7,834 4,21%

Population by Subdivisions[edit]

Planning zones of Podgorica

Settlements in Montenegro are divided into subdivisions called Mjesna zajednica, or Local community. These are the smallest territorial subdivisions of Montenegro. However, Montenegrin Statistical office does not readily release data pertaining to local communities. Administration of Podgorica Capital City has divided Podgorica city proper into planning zones (planske cjeline), for their internal use, and those do have population statistics released, according to 2011 census. These do not correspond to either local communities or traditional Podgorica neighbourhoods, but are illustrative of distribution of Podgorica population. [1][2]

It should be noted that data from Capital City documents vary slightly to those of Montenegrin Statistical Office. This might be due to usage of different definitions, different limits of city proper, or usage of preliminary data from 2011 census.

Planning zone Population Area (km²) Density (per km²) Households Dwellings
Nova Varoš 11,625 3,13 3,714 3,912 4,881
Novi Grad 26,413 5,88 4,492 9,192 11,987
Stara Varoš - Zabjelo 35,664 7,79 4,578 11,927 14,593
Konik 29,939 9,55 3,135 8,526 9,660
Masline 7,776 4,86 1,600 2,143 2,467
Zagorič 16,816 6,1 2,757 5,091 6,015
Rogami 1,760 2,96 595 536 662
Tološi 15,079 9,2 1,639 4,534 5,493
Donja Gorica 5,244 9,4 558 1,503 1,707
Dajbabe - Ćemovsko polje 2,286 26 88 648 755
Podgorica city proper 152,602 84,87 1,798 48,012 58,220

Settlements of Metro area[edit]

Capital City of Podgorica is divided into 141 settlements, of which 3 are defined as urban by Montenegrin Statistical Office (Podgorica city proper, Golubovci and Tuzi, while others are of rural character. Golubovci and Tuzi are centers of their own sub-municipalities (gradske opštine), that encompass most of southern and southeastern area of Podgorica Capital City, from Podgorica city proper to Skadar Lake. Golubovci sub-municipality has a population of 16,093, with Tuzi sub-municipality housing 12,096 residents.

Below is a list of settlements with population larger than 500 residents:

Settlement Population
Podgorica 150,977
Tuzi 4,748
Golubovci 3,110
Mojanovići 2,593
Goričani 1,462
Mahala 1,346
Mataguži 1,292
Donji Kokoti 1,073
Balabani 1,014
Vranj 1,012
Srpska 880
Bijelo Polje 823
Gornji Milješ 742
Botun 697
Sukuruć 661
Grbavci 575
Beri 556
Donji Milješ 512
Dinoša 500

Most of the larger settlements are part of continuous rural sprawl around the towns of Golubovci and Tuzi, in the Zeta valley, situated in the southern part of Podgorica Capital City. In comparison, northern part of Capital City area is mountainous and very sparsely populated.

The commuter belt of Podgorica extends beyond Podgorica capital city, mainly into the municipalities of Danilovgrad, Cetinje, Bar and Nikšić. Combined with the role of Podgorica as primate city of Montenegro, with national concentration of administrative, healthcare, educational and economic activities, daily population is likely significantly higher than official resident population.

Reference list[edit]

  1. ^ "Report on strategic assessment of environmental influences of Capital City urban plan" (PDF). Podgorica Capital City. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Planning subdivisions of Capital City" (PDF). Podgorica Capital City. Retrieved 14 January 2016.