Bangladesh - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Bangladesh was 57,090,080 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 57,090,080 in 2016 and a minimum value of 2,475,057 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 2,475,057
1961 2,617,508
1962 2,805,637
1963 3,008,532
1964 3,228,260
1965 3,467,852
1966 3,729,712
1967 4,014,260
1968 4,316,105
1969 4,626,933
1970 4,939,077
1971 5,248,219
1972 5,557,188
1973 5,875,157
1974 6,313,359
1975 7,013,651
1976 7,811,638
1977 8,713,882
1978 9,728,604
1979 10,856,230
1980 12,099,240
1981 13,228,800
1982 13,943,510
1983 14,691,530
1984 15,478,940
1985 16,306,250
1986 17,177,150
1987 18,090,340
1988 19,042,940
1989 20,025,730
1990 21,037,030
1991 22,024,920
1992 22,922,840
1993 23,837,320
1994 24,779,350
1995 25,751,080
1996 26,756,930
1997 27,790,500
1998 28,852,900
1999 29,937,470
2000 31,040,020
2001 32,314,460
2002 33,816,860
2003 35,351,140
2004 36,901,040
2005 38,452,440
2006 40,000,910
2007 41,547,690
2008 43,106,070
2009 44,698,590
2010 46,347,660
2011 48,059,000
2012 49,817,080
2013 51,609,320
2014 53,426,270
2015 55,254,830
2016 57,090,080

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