Albania - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Albania was 1,678,953 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 1,678,953 in 2016 and a minimum value of 493,982 in 1960.

Definition: Urban population refers to people living in urban areas as defined by national statistical offices. It is calculated using World Bank population estimates and urban ratios from the United Nations World Urbanization Prospects. Aggregation of urban and rural population may not add up to total population because of different country coverages.

Source: World Bank staff estimates based on the United Nations Population Division's World Urbanization Prospects.

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Year Value
1960 493,982
1961 513,592
1962 530,766
1963 547,928
1964 565,248
1965 582,374
1966 599,300
1967 616,687
1968 635,924
1969 656,733
1970 677,801
1971 698,647
1972 720,649
1973 742,333
1974 764,166
1975 786,668
1976 809,052
1977 832,109
1978 854,618
1979 876,974
1980 902,120
1981 927,513
1982 954,645
1983 982,645
1984 1,011,235
1985 1,040,127
1986 1,068,501
1987 1,098,349
1988 1,127,722
1989 1,167,160
1990 1,197,222
1991 1,198,912
1992 1,209,490
1993 1,219,882
1994 1,230,218
1995 1,240,399
1996 1,250,518
1997 1,260,414
1998 1,270,214
1999 1,279,853
2000 1,289,391
2001 1,298,584
2002 1,327,220
2003 1,354,848
2004 1,381,828
2005 1,407,298
2006 1,430,886
2007 1,452,398
2008 1,473,392
2009 1,495,260
2010 1,519,519
2011 1,546,929
2012 1,575,788
2013 1,603,389
2014 1,629,715
2015 1,653,725
2016 1,678,953

Development Relevance: Explosive growth of cities globally signifies the demographic transition from rural to urban, and is associated with shifts from an agriculture-based economy to mass industry, technology, and service. In principle, cities offer a more favorable setting for the resolution of social and environmental problems than rural areas. Cities generate jobs and income, and deliver education, health care and other services. Cities also present opportunities for social mobilization and women's empowerment.

Limitations and Exceptions: Aggregation of urban and rural population may not add up to total population because of different country coverage. There is no consistent and universally accepted standard for distinguishing urban from rural areas, in part because of the wide variety of situations across countries. Most countries use an urban classification related to the size or characteristics of settlements. Some define urban areas based on the presence of certain infrastructure and services. And other countries designate urban areas based on administrative arrangements. Because of national differences in the characteristics that distinguish urban from rural areas, the distinction between urban and rural population is not amenable to a single definition that would be applicable to all countries. Estimates of the world's urban population would change significantly if China, India, and a few other populous nations were to change their definition of urban centers. Because the estimates of city and metropolitan area are based on national definitions of what constitutes a city or metropolitan area, cross-country comparisons should be made with caution.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Urban population refers to people living in urban areas as defined by national statistical offices. The indicator is calculated using World Bank population estimates and urban ratios from the United Nations World Urbanization Prospects. To estimate urban populations, UN ratios of urban to total population were applied to the World Bank's estimates of total population. Countries differ in the way they classify population as "urban" or "rural." The population of a city or metropolitan area depends on the boundaries chosen.

Aggregation method: Sum

Periodicity: Annual

Classification

Topic: Environment Indicators

Sub-Topic: Density & urbanization