Faisalabad is now the third largest city of Pakistan regarding its population. Being an industrial city, the population of Faisalabad is increasing very much. People are rapidly moving to urban area for good. Presently the area of Faisalabad is 207 square kilometers and the population of city is 1,986,000. According to census held in 1998, out of this population 46% of population are aged under 15, 52% are aged between 15 and 64 and only 2% are aged above 65. Population per square kilometers in Faisalabad is 9594.
In 1961, the population of the city was 0.43 million which was increased to 0.83 million in 1972. By 1981, it went up to 1.1 million. Now demographically, Faisalabad is the third biggest city of Pakistan after Karachi & Lahore. Because of this in 1972 Municipal Committee was upgraded to Municipal Corporation. In July 1982 Faisalabad was upgraded as the Capital of Division. Along with these changes the name of the city was changed to Faisalabad after the name of Saudi King Shah Faisal.