The number of Łódź inhabitants has changed over the years and … is falling alarmingly downwards. How many people exactly live in Lodz? Why is Łódź depopulating?
Currently Łódź has 682,679 inhabitants and is the third largest city in Poland (Warsaw and Krakow are ahead). However, according to reports, out of 66 cities with poviat status over the last 15 years, it is in Lodz that the number of inhabitants has decreased the most. The report of the Central Statistical Office of Poland shows that as many as 5,000 Łódź residents have left since 2018! According to forecasts, it will not be better in the coming years.
Among 66 cities with poviat rights, the number of inhabitants of Łódź (-96 450), Poznań (-38 323) and Sosnowiec (-28 868) dropped the most. Warsaw (93,762), Rzeszów (35,798) and Zielona Góra (22,144) gained the most residents. The most populous city in Poland is Warsaw, which in mid-2019 was inhabited by over 1.78 million people. Since 2007, the second most populous city is Krakow (around 775,000 inhabitants), and the third is Łódź (over 682,000).
10 largest Polish cities in terms of population
- Warsaw 1 783 321
- Krakow 774 839
- Lodz 682 679
- Wroclaw 641 607
- Poznan 535 802
- Gdansk 468 158
- Szczecin 402 067
- Bydgoszcz 349 021
- Lublin 339 770
- Bialystok 297 356
Why is Łódź depopulating?
According to Rzeczpospolita, over the next 10 years only five voivodship cities will increase the population.
Compared to other major cities in the country, Łódź has a low birth rate and the highest mortality.
Economic conditions also affect the depopulation of Łódź. Residents leave for work and a better standard of living.