Akureyri growing fast

10.09.2021 - 09:28
 Mynd: RÚV - Björgvin Kolbeinsson
Akureyri is a popular choice of place to live, if the latest population data is anything to go by. The population of the Akureyrarbær municipality has risen by 275 so far this year and 2021 could see the third-highest population growth ever recorded in the de-facto capital of the north.

As of 1st September, the population of Akureyrarbær was 19,495, according to Þjóðskrá Íslands (Registers Iceland) figures. This number is 275 higher than at the start of this year, and pushes the municipality tantalisingly close to its long-desired 20,000 resident milestone. 

190 more people last year 

While population growth in Akureyri has been generally stable for years, the rate of growth has been under the national average. 

Over the past decade, it is 2017 that stands out, when population grew by 310. In 2018, the growth was 120, and 110 in 2019. Last year, the population grew by 190. If developments this year continue, the Akureyrarbær population could grow by 300-400, which would be a significant jump. 

2021 could be a remarkable year 

The biggest population growth ever recorded in Akureyri was in 2007, when it grew by 483 people. The year 1950 is in second place, with 435 new people, and number three was 1930, when 353 new people were registered. 

2021 could therefore take one of these top three spots, if developments continue as they have been. 

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