Antigua and Barbuda - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Antigua and Barbuda was 23,618 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 26,997 in 2001 and a minimum value of 21,919 in 1961.

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 21,945
1961 21,919
1962 21,959
1963 22,045
1964 22,149
1965 22,252
1966 22,349
1967 22,441
1968 22,519
1969 22,571
1970 22,692
1971 23,114
1972 23,505
1973 23,862
1974 24,196
1975 24,502
1976 24,792
1977 25,052
1978 25,265
1979 25,395
1980 25,424
1981 25,352
1982 25,197
1983 24,973
1984 24,711
1985 24,438
1986 24,153
1987 23,870
1988 23,647
1989 23,549
1990 23,628
1991 23,870
1992 24,008
1993 24,275
1994 24,624
1995 25,002
1996 25,403
1997 25,826
1998 26,235
1999 26,587
2000 26,853
2001 26,997
2002 26,828
2003 26,594
2004 26,333
2005 26,079
2006 25,832
2007 25,589
2008 25,345
2009 25,097
2010 24,838
2011 24,568
2012 24,325
2013 24,107
2014 23,918
2015 23,755
2016 23,618

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