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The 50 largest
Spanish cities

Some 15.5 million people, or 38.3 per cent of Spain’s population of 40.5 million, live in the country’s 50 largest cities. Only two of Spain’s cities, the national capital Madrid and Barcelona, have populations of more than one million. Cities with populations of more than 500,000 include Valencia, Sevilla, Saragossa and Malaga.

The population growth of Spain has been slow over the last few centuries. Up to the end of the 19th Century, the birth rate hardly exceeded the death rate. In addition, hundreds of thousands of Spaniards emigrated to Latin America.

It took Spain almost 300 years to double its population from 7.5 million in the 16th Century, but it then doubled again in only 100 years. At the end of the 20th Century the Spanish population passed the 40 million mark.

Spain's largest cities

Rank City Population
1 Madrid 2,824,000
2 Barcelona 1,454,000
3 Valencia 736,000
4 Sevilla 695,000
5 Zaragoza 601,000
6 Málaga 542,000
7 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 354,000
8 Bilbao 351,000
9 Murcia 350,000
10 Valladolid 317,000
11 Córdoba 307,000
12 Palma de Mallorca 302,000
13 Vigo 287,000
14 Alicante 272,000
15 Gijón 264,000
16 Hospital et de Llobregat 255,000
17 Granada 242,000
18 La Coruña 241,000
19 Vitoria-Gasteiz 215,000
20 Badalona 210,000
21 Santa Cruzde (Tenerife) 203,000
22 Oviedo 199,000
23 Móstoles 196,000
24 Elche 191,000
25 Sabadell 186,000
26 Santander 183,000
27 Jérez de la Frontera 182,000
28 San Sebastián 177,000
29 Leganés 175,000
30 Almería 170,000
31 Cartagena 170,000
32 Tarrasa 164,000
33 Alcaláde Henares 163,000
34 Fuenlabrada 163,000
35 Pamplona 163,000
36 Burgos 162,000
37 Salamanca 158,000
38 Albacete 146,000
39 León 144,000
40 Getafe 143,000
41 Alcorcón 141,000
42 Cádiz 141,000
43 Huelva 140,000
44 Castellón de la Plana 136,000
45 Badajoz 124,000
46 Logroño 124,000
47 Santa Coloma de Gramanet 123,000
48 La Laguna 122,000
49 Lleida 111,000
50 Tarragona 111,000

Cities by size: 1 to 150 | 151 to 300 | 301 to 450 | 451 to 550 |
Cities in alphabetical order: A to D | E to L | M to R | S to Z |
Cities by countries: A to D | E to L | M to R | S to Z |

Mayors with exceptional courage, compassion and competence sought for the 2016 World Mayor Prize
The 2016 World Mayor Prize and Commendations will be awarded to mayors who have accepted and successfully managed the challenges posed by migration but are also convinced of its longterm benefits. They will be leading a city where past and/or more recent immigrants have contributed to the city’s society, economy and culture. The City Mayors Foundation will also consider mayors for the honours whose communities has shown exceptional resilience during the recent arrivals from disaster-torn regions of the world.

If you are convinced, like us, that the world’s cities have greatly benefited from immigrants, whose perseverance in the face of hardship and often prejudice has created the civic societies that we value and enjoy today, we invite you to nominate a mayor for the 2016 World Mayor Prize.

At a time when there are some 60 million refugees worldwide, mayors to be considered for the World Mayor honours will need to have shown exceptional compassion, courage and competence. Compassion for people who have travelled great distances to find safety. Courage to fight prejudice even in the face of unpopularity. Competence to leverage the value and potential each person offers society.

By taking part in this year’s World Mayor Project you are also voicing your support for all those cities that have had to bear the brunt of the recent influx of migrants and refugees.

Previous winners and runners-up include the mayors of Calgary, Ghent, Bilbao, Perth, Mexico City, Oklahoma City, Cape Town, Zurich, Melbourne, Amsterdam, Athens, Mississauga and Tirana. The World Mayor Project aims to show what outstanding mayors can achieve and raise their profiles nationally and internationally.