Belize - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Belize was 160,891 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 160,891 in 2016 and a minimum value of 49,740 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 49,740
1961 50,874
1962 52,013
1963 53,188
1964 54,410
1965 55,692
1966 57,046
1967 58,442
1968 59,828
1969 61,107
1970 62,268
1971 63,401
1972 64,396
1973 65,278
1974 66,086
1975 66,858
1976 67,590
1977 68,294
1978 69,059
1979 69,998
1980 71,175
1981 72,577
1982 74,223
1983 76,043
1984 77,945
1985 79,853
1986 81,779
1987 83,738
1988 85,658
1989 87,432
1990 89,022
1991 90,414
1992 92,011
1993 93,660
1994 95,672
1995 98,274
1996 101,556
1997 105,425
1998 109,654
1999 113,925
2000 117,878
2001 120,842
2002 123,557
2003 126,090
2004 128,602
2005 131,188
2006 133,863
2007 136,584
2008 139,308
2009 141,996
2010 144,605
2011 147,208
2012 149,818
2013 152,465
2014 155,181
2015 157,990
2016 160,891

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