Rwanda’s urban population has been increasing from 963,023 in 1999 which was less than 1 million to over 1,753,721 persons in 2012 showing growth of over 80% in 13 years. The urban population is currently growing at a rate of 4.4% per cent per annum.
Kagali City has experienced rapid population growth of 5.7 % per annum largely influenced by rural-urban migration. Population increase in Kigali City area is as a result of good infrastructure , clean environment, employment opportunities , housing, social services and rapid economic growth.
Kigali is the largest city in the country followed by Gisenyi with 404,278 people, Gitarama with a population of 87,613 and Ruhengeri with 86,685 people.