Angola - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Angola was 12,913,910 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 12,913,910 in 2016 and a minimum value of 588,866 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 588,866
1961 621,212
1962 657,233
1963 695,164
1964 734,733
1965 775,661
1966 818,062
1967 862,239
1968 908,895
1969 958,930
1970 1,013,543
1971 1,069,155
1972 1,126,305
1973 1,188,054
1974 1,254,568
1975 1,325,612
1976 1,401,400
1977 1,482,116
1978 1,568,852
1979 1,662,801
1980 1,765,084
1981 1,876,542
1982 1,997,209
1983 2,125,156
1984 2,257,414
1985 2,391,384
1986 2,525,817
1987 2,661,534
1988 2,801,809
1989 2,951,132
1990 3,113,698
1991 3,291,639
1992 3,484,854
1993 3,690,048
1994 3,903,247
1995 4,120,885
1996 4,341,551
1997 4,567,133
1998 4,802,463
1999 5,054,800
2000 5,329,983
2001 5,630,292
2002 5,956,249
2003 6,306,557
2004 6,679,407
2005 7,071,959
2006 7,485,335
2007 7,920,747
2008 8,379,335
2009 8,861,746
2010 9,370,320
2011 9,905,393
2012 10,464,840
2013 11,046,700
2014 11,649,560
2015 12,272,020
2016 12,913,910

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