Bahrain - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Bahrain was 1,266,051 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 1,266,051 in 2016 and a minimum value of 133,710 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 133,710
1961 138,239
1962 142,593
1963 146,737
1964 150,679
1965 154,631
1966 158,719
1967 162,770
1968 167,094
1969 172,099
1970 178,110
1971 185,108
1972 193,097
1973 202,410
1974 213,472
1975 226,495
1976 241,774
1977 259,015
1978 277,084
1979 294,402
1980 309,867
1981 322,929
1982 333,966
1983 343,892
1984 354,084
1985 365,554
1986 378,677
1987 393,107
1988 408,233
1989 423,114
1990 437,114
1991 450,270
1992 462,398
1993 473,985
1994 485,792
1995 498,242
1996 511,456
1997 525,811
1998 542,384
1999 562,553
2000 587,333
2001 616,417
2002 649,650
2003 688,194
2004 733,469
2005 786,025
2006 847,420
2007 916,152
2008 986,055
2009 1,048,751
2010 1,098,597
2011 1,132,227
2012 1,152,239
2013 1,166,335
2014 1,185,638
2015 1,217,864
2016 1,266,051

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