Amsterdam population growth

Amsterdam’s population grew by nearly 18,000 people in the last two years alone, a new study has shown. New population data from Statistics Netherlands (CBS)  shows that the city’s population grew by 17,400 people from 2015-2016. In that time, around 30,000 internationals settled in Amsterdam, while residents leaving the city mainly relocated to places within the Amsterdam Area, including Almere, Amstelveen and Zaanstad. The figures are in marked contrast to those from just five years ago, in 2012, when the population grew by only 2,000 people.

The study also shows that the largest nationality group moving to Amsterdam is now Indian citizens, followed by people from the United States and the United Kingdom. Many of Amsterdam’s new residents are young people in their 20s and 30s.

Taking a broader view, the population of the Netherlands grew by more than 80,000 in the first three quarters of 2017, largely due to international migration. During this time, 181,000 immigrants registered with a Dutch municipality – around the same number as the same period in 2016.

There’s a raft of reason why people move to Amsterdam – including its rich cultural life, bustling international community and buoyant job market. The fact that so many people speak near-fluent English also makes moving to the city easier for internationals. Learn more about living in Amsterdam in our living portal, where you can find advice and information about relocating, housing, finding a job and much more.

To find out more about Amsterdam and the Netherlands’ growing population, see the CBS population figures