Algeria - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Algeria was 28,953,740 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 28,953,740 in 2016 and a minimum value of 3,394,203 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 3,394,203
1961 3,626,403
1962 3,882,767
1963 4,154,288
1964 4,443,887
1965 4,753,164
1966 5,041,536
1967 5,208,671
1968 5,383,539
1969 5,563,573
1970 5,747,263
1971 5,933,927
1972 6,124,850
1973 6,321,297
1974 6,525,328
1975 6,738,780
1976 6,961,531
1977 7,240,239
1978 7,611,660
1979 8,004,279
1980 8,420,028
1981 8,858,976
1982 9,321,410
1983 9,805,134
1984 10,307,410
1985 10,824,410
1986 11,355,690
1987 11,892,460
1988 12,421,410
1989 12,956,680
1990 13,496,460
1991 14,039,540
1992 14,584,560
1993 15,126,560
1994 15,661,350
1995 16,185,540
1996 16,698,040
1997 17,198,080
1998 17,689,680
1999 18,188,020
2000 18,684,940
2001 19,180,230
2002 19,677,270
2003 20,182,200
2004 20,703,620
2005 21,248,010
2006 21,818,170
2007 22,414,410
2008 23,041,890
2009 23,698,930
2010 24,388,800
2011 25,114,250
2012 25,871,600
2013 26,649,130
2014 27,429,780
2015 28,199,940
2016 28,953,740

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