Antigua and Barbuda - Urban population (% of total population)

Urban population (% of total population) in Antigua and Barbuda was 24.60 as of 2018. Its highest value over the past 58 years was 39.66 in 1960, while its lowest value was 24.60 in 2018.

Definition: Urban population refers to people living in urban areas as defined by national statistical offices. The data are collected and smoothed by United Nations Population Division.

Source: United Nations Population Division. World Urbanization Prospects: 2018 Revision.

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Year Value
1960 39.66
1961 39.04
1962 38.43
1963 37.82
1964 37.21
1965 36.61
1966 36.01
1967 35.42
1968 34.83
1969 34.25
1970 33.82
1971 33.90
1972 33.98
1973 34.06
1974 34.14
1975 34.22
1976 34.30
1977 34.38
1978 34.46
1979 34.54
1980 34.62
1981 34.70
1982 34.78
1983 34.86
1984 34.94
1985 35.02
1986 35.10
1987 35.18
1988 35.26
1989 35.35
1990 35.43
1991 35.47
1992 35.09
1993 34.71
1994 34.33
1995 33.96
1996 33.59
1997 33.22
1998 32.86
1999 32.49
2000 32.13
2001 31.74
2002 31.10
2003 30.46
2004 29.84
2005 29.22
2006 28.61
2007 28.00
2008 27.41
2009 26.82
2010 26.24
2011 25.70
2012 25.53
2013 25.35
2014 25.18
2015 25.00
2016 24.85
2017 24.71
2018 24.60

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. Percentages urban are the numbers of persons residing in an area defined as ''urban'' per 100 total population. They are calculated by the Statistics Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Particular caution should be used in interpreting the figures for percentage urban for different countries. 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: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual

Classification

Topic: Environment Indicators

Sub-Topic: Density & urbanization