Urban land area (sq. km) - Country Ranking

Definition: Urban land area in square kilometers, based on a combination of population counts (persons), settlement points, and the presence of Nighttime Lights. Areas are defined as urban where contiguous lighted cells from the Nighttime Lights or approximated urban extents based on buffered settlement points for which the total population is greater than 5,000 persons.

Source: Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)/Columbia University. 2013. Urban-Rural Population and Land Area Estimates Version 2. Palisades, NY: NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC). http://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/data/set/lecz-urban-rural-population-land-area-estimates-v2.

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

Find indicator:
Rank Country Value Year
1 United States 802,053.60 2010
2 China 380,679.30 2010
3 India 222,688.20 2010
4 Russia 187,538.10 2010
5 Brazil 134,981.40 2010
6 Canada 126,511.20 2010
7 Japan 108,678.20 2010
8 Mexico 102,418.10 2010
9 France 86,463.06 2010
10 Italy 73,540.88 2010
11 Spain 69,794.59 2010
12 Iran 69,242.77 2010
13 Germany 62,374.20 2010
14 United Kingdom 58,698.75 2010
15 Argentina 55,032.20 2010
16 South Africa 53,460.31 2010
17 Turkey 44,090.16 2010
18 Indonesia 42,076.83 2010
19 Saudi Arabia 41,223.74 2010
20 Australia 36,745.70 2010
21 Thailand 36,597.02 2010
22 Colombia 36,132.14 2010
23 Pakistan 35,871.94 2010
24 Venezuela 34,403.93 2010
25 Ukraine 32,160.16 2010
26 Sweden 31,152.32 2010
27 Poland 30,501.34 2010
28 Algeria 30,195.80 2010
29 Egypt 24,270.23 2010
30 Korea 21,922.02 2010
31 Norway 20,282.21 2010
32 Finland 20,052.17 2010
33 Greece 18,519.16 2010
34 Nigeria 17,196.23 2010
35 Peru 16,425.77 2010
36 Romania 15,594.79 2010
37 Malaysia 15,564.95 2010
38 Netherlands 12,802.99 2010
39 Portugal 12,764.68 2010
40 Iraq 12,429.92 2010
41 Belgium 12,349.23 2010
42 Morocco 12,057.44 2010
43 Chile 12,027.52 2010
44 Syrian Arab Republic 11,955.20 2010
45 Bangladesh 11,125.39 2010
46 Ecuador 10,905.65 2010
47 Philippines 10,817.37 2010
48 Libya 10,082.89 2010
49 Tunisia 9,897.88 2010
50 Cuba 9,572.45 2010
51 Denmark 9,295.18 2010
52 Dem. Rep. Congo 9,061.72 2010
53 United Arab Emirates 8,568.16 2010
54 Puerto Rico 8,511.40 2010
55 New Zealand 8,116.30 2010
56 Switzerland 7,898.15 2010
57 Belarus 7,783.03 2010
58 Vietnam 7,589.04 2010
59 Myanmar 6,960.02 2010
60 Bulgaria 6,678.94 2010
61 Sudan 6,517.51 2010
62 Israel 6,399.02 2010
63 Ghana 6,239.44 2010
64 Oman 5,651.35 2010
65 Ireland 5,638.36 2010
66 Croatia 5,302.80 2010
67 Ethiopia 5,166.72 2010
68 Dominican Republic 5,089.38 2010
69 Yemen 4,703.40 2010
70 Uruguay 4,689.68 2010
71 Lithuania 4,610.86 2010
72 Kenya 4,187.62 2010
73 Guatemala 4,132.35 2010
74 Costa Rica 4,051.56 2010
75 Sri Lanka 4,016.15 2010
76 Kuwait 3,942.30 2010
77 Honduras 3,702.36 2010
78 Cameroon 3,680.41 2010
79 Georgia 3,602.76 2010
80 El Salvador 3,598.27 2010
81 Côte d'Ivoire 3,466.16 2010
82 Tanzania 3,405.81 2010
83 Jordan 3,383.97 2010
84 Latvia 3,278.52 2010
85 Jamaica 3,000.63 2010
86 Mali 2,910.43 2010
87 Panama 2,892.14 2010
88 Nicaragua 2,882.38 2010
89 Mozambique 2,739.15 2010
90 Macedonia 2,667.35 2010
91 Estonia 2,614.68 2010
92 Moldova 2,607.52 2010
93 Slovenia 2,509.16 2010
94 Namibia 2,467.78 2010
95 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 2,343.61 2010
96 Lebanon 2,317.42 2010
97 Trinidad and Tobago 2,286.75 2010
98 Cyprus 2,280.40 2010
99 Madagascar 2,272.42 2010
100 Papua New Guinea 2,003.61 2010
101 Malawi 1,815.10 2010
102 Senegal 1,796.19 2010
103 Fiji 1,746.59 2010
104 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1,723.15 2010
105 Albania 1,689.40 2010
106 Togo 1,663.07 2010
107 Qatar 1,495.15 2010
108 Guinea 1,473.60 2010
109 Benin 1,447.19 2010
110 Angola 1,427.03 2010
111 Mauritius 1,276.02 2010
112 Cambodia 1,152.06 2010
113 Congo 1,087.16 2010
114 Iceland 1,023.84 2010
115 Lao PDR 1,018.75 2010
116 Brunei 1,017.07 2010
117 Hong Kong SAR, China 901.54 2010
118 Gabon 836.48 2010
119 Swaziland 802.27 2010
120 Luxembourg 801.08 2010
121 Mauritania 771.60 2010
122 Haiti 764.35 2010
123 Sierra Leone 710.48 2010
124 Suriname 692.70 2010
125 Guyana 626.76 2010
126 Singapore 565.56 2010
127 Bahrain 549.28 2010
128 Belize 508.06 2010
129 The Gambia 446.18 2010
130 Liberia 434.28 2010
131 The Bahamas 425.90 2010
132 Barbados 420.38 2010
133 Somalia 398.72 2010
134 Eritrea 366.61 2010
135 Timor-Leste 359.42 2010
136 St. Lucia 351.21 2010
137 Guinea-Bissau 306.34 2010
138 Malta 293.34 2010
139 Antigua and Barbuda 266.28 2010
140 Dominica 251.30 2010
141 St. Kitts and Nevis 230.66 2010
142 New Caledonia 208.43 2010
143 Comoros 196.41 2010
144 Tonga 181.83 2010
145 Cabo Verde 180.38 2010
146 Grenada 169.52 2010
147 Cayman Islands 160.97 2010
148 Djibouti 149.83 2010
149 Seychelles 122.51 2010
150 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 111.68 2010
151 Samoa 108.13 2010
152 Vanuatu 97.81 2010
153 Equatorial Guinea 97.47 2010
154 Solomon Islands 72.11 2010
155 São Tomé and Principe 68.24 2010
156 San Marino 57.78 2010
157 Greenland 33.35 2010
158 Palau 30.74 2010
159 Macao SAR, China 17.72 2010
160 Kiribati 3.64 2010
161 Monaco 1.92 2010
162 Tuvalu 0.00 2010

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Statistical Concept and Methodology: The Global Rural-Urban Mapping Project, Version 1 (GRUMPv1) urban extent grid distinguishes urban and rural areas based on a combination of population counts (persons), settlement points, and the presence of Nighttime Lights . Areas are defined as urban where contiguous lighted cells from the Nighttime Lights or approximated urban extents based on buffered settlement points for which the total population is greater than 5,000 persons. This dataset is produced by the Columbia University Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) in collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), The World Bank, and Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT)

Aggregation method: Sum

Periodicity: Annual