Argentina - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Argentina was 40,292,720 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 40,292,720 in 2016 and a minimum value of 15,177,910 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 15,177,910
1961 15,550,750
1962 15,916,160
1963 16,283,190
1964 16,650,740
1965 17,017,600
1966 17,383,410
1967 17,749,070
1968 18,120,770
1969 18,505,680
1970 18,909,950
1971 19,327,700
1972 19,762,670
1973 20,210,550
1974 20,661,010
1975 21,106,170
1976 21,543,400
1977 21,974,570
1978 22,405,660
1979 22,844,170
1980 23,296,130
1981 23,780,330
1982 24,285,070
1983 24,799,120
1984 25,319,370
1985 25,842,010
1986 26,365,970
1987 26,891,580
1988 27,418,230
1989 27,944,440
1990 28,469,640
1991 28,987,580
1992 29,462,390
1993 29,933,010
1994 30,397,320
1995 30,852,830
1996 31,298,960
1997 31,736,000
1998 32,167,670
1999 32,599,190
2000 33,033,750
2001 33,472,920
2002 33,918,180
2003 34,367,340
2004 34,816,710
2005 35,263,820
2006 35,708,230
2007 36,151,070
2008 36,595,330
2009 37,043,820
2010 37,499,720
2011 37,963,160
2012 38,432,220
2013 38,903,610
2014 39,372,790
2015 39,836,230
2016 40,292,720

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