ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Lahore, Gujranwala and Karachi are the first, second and third most populated divisions of Pakistan respectively whereas the Punjab is the most populated province of the Country.
Having population of 19,398,081 individuals – 13,464,963 in urban and 5,933,118 in rural areas – Lahore is the most populated division of the Country, according to the sixth Population and Housing Census 2017 data released by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS).
The Capital City of Punjab has an annual population growth rate of 2.55 over the period from 1998 to 2017.
Similarly, Gujranwala having population of 16,123,984 with 1.82 annual growth rate, is the second most populated division of the Country.
As many as 10,217,791 individuals reside in rural areas of Gujranwala division and 5,906,193 in urban areas.
While Karachi division has third number in population where as many as 16,051,521 people live with 2.6 annual growth rate. This division has 1,141,169 rural and 14,910,352 urban population.
This is followed by Faisalabad division with 14,177,081 population having annual growth rate of 1.91. This division has 8,954,095 rural and 5,222,986 urban population.
The Multan Division has population of 12,265,161 individuals with growth rate of 1.98 percent. This division has 8,871,382 rural and 3,393,779 urban population.
The Bahawalpur division has 11,464,031 population with 2.16 annual growth rate over the period from 1998 to 2017. This division has 8,639,041 rural and 2,824,990 urban population.
Likewise, the population of Dera Ghazi Khan (DG Khan) division has been registered at 11,014,398 individuals with 9,113,065 rural and 1,901,333 urban population. The annual growth rate of the division stands at 2.81 percent.
The data also revealed that most populated divisions of the Country are in Punjab province.
Meanwhile among districts, Lahore is the most populated district of the Country with population of 11,126,285 individuals. Its population growth rate has been registered 3 percent per annum over the period from 1998 to 2017. The population of Lahore district was 6,340,114 in 1998.
All the population of the Lahore district resides in urban areas, so does not have any rural population, according to the PBS data.