Armenia - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Armenia was 1,829,706 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 2,393,836 in 1989 and a minimum value of 960,955 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 960,955
1961 1,012,429
1962 1,065,431
1963 1,119,584
1964 1,174,558
1965 1,229,978
1966 1,285,571
1967 1,341,277
1968 1,397,343
1969 1,454,160
1970 1,511,605
1971 1,569,625
1972 1,628,590
1973 1,688,028
1974 1,747,461
1975 1,801,945
1976 1,855,659
1977 1,908,576
1978 1,960,876
1979 2,007,500
1980 2,047,386
1981 2,085,894
1982 2,122,747
1983 2,159,333
1984 2,197,505
1985 2,238,079
1986 2,282,853
1987 2,330,095
1988 2,372,859
1989 2,393,836
1990 2,385,466
1991 2,353,776
1992 2,302,482
1993 2,240,025
1994 2,178,117
1995 2,125,280
1996 2,084,084
1997 2,052,297
1998 2,027,670
1999 2,006,224
2000 1,984,980
2001 1,964,164
2002 1,950,280
2003 1,938,940
2004 1,926,903
2005 1,913,491
2006 1,897,878
2007 1,880,588
2008 1,861,174
2009 1,842,599
2010 1,829,394
2011 1,822,284
2012 1,820,251
2013 1,822,187
2014 1,825,455
2015 1,828,140
2016 1,829,706

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