Benin - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Benin was 4,826,757 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 4,826,757 in 2016 and a minimum value of 225,533 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 225,533
1961 243,036
1962 262,053
1963 282,715
1964 305,170
1965 329,545
1966 356,057
1967 384,830
1968 416,031
1969 449,720
1970 486,099
1971 525,276
1972 567,564
1973 613,051
1974 662,185
1975 715,202
1976 772,494
1977 834,085
1978 900,437
1979 965,278
1980 1,016,236
1981 1,070,018
1982 1,126,940
1983 1,187,099
1984 1,250,621
1985 1,317,607
1986 1,388,168
1987 1,462,441
1988 1,541,340
1989 1,625,791
1990 1,716,834
1991 1,815,044
1992 1,910,225
1993 1,995,344
1994 2,082,662
1995 2,170,765
1996 2,259,203
1997 2,348,391
1998 2,439,225
1999 2,533,357
2000 2,631,925
2001 2,735,157
2002 2,842,942
2003 2,955,352
2004 3,071,714
2005 3,191,453
2006 3,314,532
2007 3,441,354
2008 3,572,519
2009 3,708,565
2010 3,850,258
2011 3,997,756
2012 4,151,141
2013 4,310,518
2014 4,476,160
2015 4,648,131
2016 4,826,757

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