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(Wikipedia) - List of Iranian cities by population Iranian population density map (based on data from the 1996 census).

Iran has one of the highest urban population growth rates in the world. From 1950 to 2002, the urban proportion of the population increased from 27% to 60%. The United Nations predicts that by 2030 80% of the population will live in urban areas. Most internal migrants have settled near the cities of Tehran, Isfahan, Ahvaz, and Qom. Tehran, with a population of 8.2 million (2012 census), is the largest city in Iran and is the nation''s capital. Tehran is home to around 11% of Iran''s population. It is the hub of the country''s communication and transport networks.

Mashhad, with a population of 2.4 million, is the second largest Iranian city and the centre of the province of Razavi Khorasan. Mashhad is one of the holiest Shi''a cities in the world as it is the site of the Imam Reza shrine. It is the centre of tourism in Iran and between 15 and 20 million pilgrims go to the Imam Reza''s shrine every year.

Another major Iranian city is Isfahan (population 1.5 million), which is the capital of Isfahan Province. The growth of the suburban area around the city has turned Isfahan to the second most populous metropolitan area (3.4 million).

The fourth major city of Iran is Tabriz (population 1.3 million), capital of the East Azarbaijan province and the second-ranking industrial city of Iran after Tehran. Tabriz was the second largest city in Iran until the late 1960s and one of its former capitals. The other major cities are Karaj (population 1.3 million), and Shiraz (population 1.2 million). Karaj is the capital of Alborz province and is situated 20 km west of Tehran, at the foot of Alborz mountains; however, the city is increasingly becoming an extension of metropolitan Tehran.

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Cities over 1,000,000 population1 - Tehran, Tehran Province2 - Mashhad, Khorasan Razavi Province3 - Isfahan, Isfahan Province4 - Tabriz, East Azarbaijan Province5 - Karaj, Alborz Province6 - Shiraz, Fars Province7 - Ahvaz, Khūzestān Province8 - Qom, Qom Province9 - Kermanshah, Kermanshah Province10 - Urmia, West Azarbaijan Province11 - Zahedan, Sistan and Baluchestan Province

The following sortable table, lists the most populous cities in Iran with a population of more than 1,000,000 according to 2006 Census results announced by Statistical Center of Iran:

Rank City Province Date of Official Foundation of Municipality 2011 2006 1996 1986 1976 1966 1956
1 Tehran Tehran 1885 70068154051000000008,154,051 70067705036000000007,705,036 70066758845000000006,758,845 70066042584000000006,042,584 70064530223000000004,530,223 70062719730000000002,719,730 70061512082000000001,512,082
2 Mashhad Razavi Khorasan 1918 70062749374000000002,749,374 70062410800000000002,410,800 70061887405000000001,887,405 70061463508000000001,463,508 7005667770000000000667,770 7005409616000000000409,616 7005241984000000000241,984
3 Isfahan Isfahan 1928 70061756126000000001,756,126 70061602110000000001,602,110 70061266072000000001,266,072 7005986753000000000986,753 7005661510000000000661,510 7005424045000000000424,045 7005254708000000000254,708
4 Karaj Alborz 1934 70061614626000000001,614,626 70061377450000000001,377,450 7005940968000000000940,968 7005611510000000000611,510 7005137926000000000137,926 700444243000000000044,243 700414526000000000014,526
5 Tabriz East Azarbaijan 1917 70061494998000000001,494,998 70061398060000000001,398,060 70061191043000000001,191,043 7005971482000000000971,482 7005597976000000000597,976 7005403413000000000403,413 7005289996000000000289,996
6 Shiraz Fars 1950 70061460665000000001,460,665 70061227311000000001,227,311 70061053025000000001,053,025 7005848289000000000848,289 7005425813000000000425,813 7005269865000000000269,865 7005170659000000000170,659
7 Ahvaz Khūzestān 1925 70061112021000000001,112,021 7005969843000000000969,843 7005804980000000000804,980 7005579826000000000579,826 7005334399000000000334,399 7005206375000000000206,375 7005120098000000000120,098
8 Qom Qom 1926 70061074036000000001,074,036 7005951918000000000951,918 7005777677000000000777,677 7005543139000000000543,139 7005247219000000000247,219 7005134292000000000134,292 700499499000000000099,499
Cities between 100,000 and 1,000,000 population

List of cities in Iran with a population between 100,000 and 1,000,000 according to 2006 Census results announced by Statistical Center of Iran:

Rank City Province Date of Official Foundation of Municipality 2006 1996 1986 1976 1966 1956
9 Kermanshah Kermanshah 1930 7005784602000000000784,602 7005692686000000000692,686 7005560514000000000560,514 7005290600000000000290,600 7005187930000000000187,930 7005125439000000000125,439
10 Orumieh West Azarbaijan 1928 7005583255000000000583,255 7005435200000000000435,200 7005300746000000000300,746 7005164419000000000164,419 7005110749000000000110,749 700467605000000000067,605
11 Zahedan Sistan and Baluchestan 1938 7005567449000000000567,449 7005419518000000000419,518 7005281923000000000281,923 700493740000000000093,740 700439732000000000039,732 700417495000000000017,495
12 Rasht Gīlān 1925 7005557366000000000557,366 7005417748000000000417,748 7005290897000000000290,897 7005188957000000000188,957 7005143557000000000143,557 7005109491000000000109,491
13 Kerman Kermān 1921 7005515414000000000515,414 7005384991000000000384,991 7005257284000000000257,284 7005140761000000000140,761 700485404000000000085,404 700462157000000000062,157
14 Hamedan Hamadān 1911 7005479640000000000479,640 7005401281000000000401,281 7005272499000000000272,499 7005165875000000000165,875 7005124167000000000124,167 700499909000000000099,909
15 Arak Markazi 1927 7005446760000000000446,760 7005380755000000000380,755 7005265349000000000265,349 7005116832000000000116,832 700461925000000000061,925 700458998000000000058,998
16 Yazd Yazd 1926 7005432194000000000432,194 7005326776000000000326,776 7005230483000000000230,483 7005135925000000000135,925 700493241000000000093,241 700463502000000000063,502
17 Ardabil Ardabil 1925 7005418262000000000418,262 7005340386000000000340,386 7005281973000000000281,973 7005147865000000000147,865 700483596000000000083,596 700465742000000000065,742
18 Bandar Abbas Hormozgān 1925 7005367508000000000367,508
19 Eslamshahr Tehran 1978 7005357171000000000357,171
20 Qazvin Qazvīn 1924 7005349821000000000349,821
21 Zanjan Zanjan 1923 7005341801000000000341,801
22 Khorramabad Lorestān 1931 7005328544000000000328,544
23 Sanandaj Kurdistan 1928 7005311446000000000311,446
24 Gorgan Golestān 1925 7005269226000000000269,226
25 Sari Māzandarān 1927 7005259084000000000259,084
26 Kashan Isfahan 1930 7005248789000000000248,789
27 Babol Māzandarān 1956 7005243636000000000243,636
28 Golestan Tehran 1996 7005231882000000000231,882
29 Shahr-e Qods Tehran 1989 7005229354000000000229,354
30 Malard Tehran 1995 7005228673000000000228,673
31 Dezful Khūzestān 1920 7005228507000000000228,507
32 Borujerd Lorestān 1935 7005227547000000000227,547
33 Khomeinishahr Isfahan 1932 7005218737000000000218,737
34 Abadan Khūzestān 1924 7005217988000000000217,988
35 Varamin Tehran 1941 7005208569000000000208,569
36 Sabzevar Razavi Khorasan 1936 7005208172000000000208,172
37 Najafabad Isfahan 1931 7005206114000000000206,114
38 Nishapur Razavi Khorasan 1931 7005205972000000000205,972
39 Amol Māzandarān 1933 7005197470000000000197,470
40 Shahriar Tehran 1952 7005189120000000000189,120
41 Saveh Markazi 1931 7005179009000000000179,009
42 Khoy West Azarbaijan 1923 7005178708000000000178,708
43 Qa''em Shahr Māzandarān 1935 7005174246000000000174,246
44 Gharchak Tehran 1976 7005173832000000000173,832
45 Bojnourd North Khorasan 1931 7005172772000000000172,772
46 Sirjan Kermān 1936 7005167014000000000167,014
47 Bushehr Bushehr 1922 7005161674000000000161,674
48 Birjand South Khorasan 1928 7005157848000000000157,848
49 Ilam Īlām 1936 7005155289000000000155,289
50 Malayer Hamadān 1934 7005153748000000000153,748
51 Bukan West Azarbaijan 1948 7005149340000000000149,340
52 Maragheh East Azarbaijan 1921 7005146405000000000146,405
53 Rafsanjan Kermān 1935 7005136388000000000136,388
54 Nasimshahr Tehran 1995 7005135824000000000135,824
55 Mahabad West Azarbaijan 1931 7005133324000000000133,324
56 Saqqez Kurdistan 1935 7005131349000000000131,349
57 Zabol Sistan and Baluchestan 1928 7005130642000000000130,642
58 Gonbad-e Qabus Golestān 1934 7005127167000000000127,167
59 Shahrood Semnān 1925 7005126916000000000126,916
60 Shahrekord Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari 1931 7005126746000000000126,746
61 Pakdasht Tehran 1991 7005126281000000000126,281
62 Shahinshahr Eşfahān 1976 7005126070000000000126,070
63 Semnan Semnān 1925 7005124999000000000124,999
64 Khorramshahr Khūzestān 1925 7005123866000000000123,866
65 Marvdasht Fars 1940 7005123858000000000123,858
66 Andimeshk Khūzestān 1956 7005119422000000000119,422
67 Torbat-e Heydarieh Razavi Khorasan 1928 7005119360000000000119,360
68 Marand East Azarbaijan 1929 7005114165000000000114,165
69 Miandoab West Azarbaijan 1935 7005112933000000000112,933
70 Mahshahr Khūzestān 1954 7005109927000000000109,927
71 Bandar-e Anzali Gīlān 1922 7005109687000000000109,687
72 Shahreza Eşfahān 1929 7005108299000000000108,299
73 Masjed Soleyman Khūzestān 1959 7005106121000000000106,121
74 Izeh Khūzestān 1958 7005103695000000000103,695
75 Jahrom Fars 1925 7005103023000000000103,023
76 Dorood Lorestān 1949 7005100528000000000100,528
Largest cities in the provinces

This is a list of the largest cities of the 31 provinces, based on the cities'' population as of the 2006 census. (It should be noted that in 2006 Iran had only 30 provinces. The 31st province, Alborz, was split off from Tehran in 2010.)

Province Largest city 2nd Largest 3rd Largest 4th largest
Tehran Tehran Eslamshahr Golestan Shahr-e Qods
Alborz Karaj Nazarabad Savojbolagh Taleghan
Razavi Khorasan Mashhad Nishapur Sabzevar Torbat-e Heydarieh
Isfahan Isfahan Kashan Khomeynishahr Najafabad
Fars Shiraz Marvdasht Jahrom Fasa
Khuzestan Ahvaz Dezful Abadan Khorramshahr
East Azarbaijan Tabriz Maragheh Marand Mianeh
Mazandaran Sari Babol Amol Qa''em Shahr
West Azarbaijan Urmia Khoy Miandoab Salmas
Kerman Kerman Sirjan Rafsanjan Jiroft
Gilan Rasht Bandar-e Anzali Lahijan Langrud
Sistan and Baluchistan Zahedan Zabol Iran Shahr Chabahar
Kermanshah Kermanshah Eslamabad-e Gharb Harsin Kangavar
Lorestan Khorramabad Borujerd Dorood Koohdasht
Hamadan Hamadan Malayer Nahavand Asadabad
Golestan Gorgan Gonbad-e Qabus Ali Abad Bandar Torkaman
Kurdistan Sanandaj Saghez Marivan Baneh
Hormozgan Bandar Abbas Minab Dehbarez Bandar Lengeh
Markazi Arak Saveh Khomein Mahallat
Ardabil Ardabil Parsabad Meshkinshahr Khalkhal
Qazvin Qazvin Takestan Alvand Eqbaliyeh
Qom Qom Jamkaran Qanavat Jafariyeh
Yazd Yazd Meybod Ardakan Bafq
Zanjan Zanjan Abhar Khorramdareh Qidar
Bushehr Bushehr Borazjan Bandar Ganaveh Khormuj
Chahar Mahaal and Bakhtiari Shahr-e Kord Borujen Farrokhshahr Farsan
North Khorasan Bojnurd Shirvan Esfarayen Garmeh Jajarm
Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province Yasuj Dogonbadan Dehdasht Likak
South Khorasan Birjand Ghayen Ferdows Nehbandan
Semnān Shahrood Semnan Damghan Garmsar
Ilam Ilam Eyvan Dehloran Abdanan

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