Belarus - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Belarus was 7,324,856 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 7,324,856 in 2016 and a minimum value of 2,656,234 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 2,656,234
1961 2,772,677
1962 2,895,029
1963 3,022,385
1964 3,153,963
1965 3,282,735
1966 3,415,027
1967 3,551,335
1968 3,690,749
1969 3,831,426
1970 3,978,504
1971 4,133,823
1972 4,290,972
1973 4,447,749
1974 4,602,886
1975 4,741,013
1976 4,877,627
1977 5,019,081
1978 5,167,027
1979 5,309,728
1980 5,448,102
1981 5,591,406
1982 5,734,993
1983 5,879,814
1984 6,025,280
1985 6,167,842
1986 6,312,729
1987 6,457,896
1988 6,578,021
1989 6,669,994
1990 6,722,804
1991 6,766,166
1992 6,820,815
1993 6,876,000
1994 6,907,418
1995 6,924,376
1996 6,940,093
1997 6,949,064
1998 6,954,054
1999 6,966,778
2000 6,983,033
2001 6,995,457
2002 6,998,521
2003 6,996,348
2004 6,994,710
2005 6,992,229
2006 6,993,921
2007 7,005,597
2008 7,024,602
2009 7,051,358
2010 7,081,399
2011 7,109,237
2012 7,142,570
2013 7,182,515
2014 7,226,873
2015 7,275,404
2016 7,324,856

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