Barbados - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Barbados was 89,531 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 99,823 in 1980 and a minimum value of 84,932 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 84,932
1961 85,371
1962 85,875
1963 86,416
1964 86,942
1965 87,420
1966 87,841
1967 88,229
1968 88,618
1969 89,058
1970 89,661
1971 90,625
1972 91,678
1973 92,783
1974 93,910
1975 95,018
1976 96,102
1977 97,165
1978 98,198
1979 99,197
1980 99,823
1981 98,324
1982 96,774
1983 95,195
1984 93,618
1985 92,069
1986 90,553
1987 89,061
1988 87,589
1989 86,130
1990 85,012
1991 85,625
1992 86,243
1993 86,861
1994 87,492
1995 88,131
1996 88,787
1997 89,451
1998 90,120
1999 90,777
2000 91,289
2001 91,088
2002 90,869
2003 90,646
2004 90,437
2005 90,256
2006 90,108
2007 89,986
2008 89,879
2009 89,765
2010 89,630
2011 89,526
2012 89,457
2013 89,420
2014 89,419
2015 89,457
2016 89,531

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