Bolivia - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Bolivia was 7,502,948 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 7,502,948 in 2016 and a minimum value of 1,357,786 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 1,357,786
1961 1,395,202
1962 1,433,798
1963 1,473,628
1964 1,514,810
1965 1,557,286
1966 1,601,227
1967 1,646,632
1968 1,693,563
1969 1,742,044
1970 1,792,218
1971 1,844,009
1972 1,897,509
1973 1,952,801
1974 2,010,085
1975 2,069,524
1976 2,131,079
1977 2,221,487
1978 2,324,287
1979 2,430,642
1980 2,540,518
1981 2,653,552
1982 2,770,078
1983 2,889,746
1984 3,012,564
1985 3,138,013
1986 3,266,233
1987 3,397,152
1988 3,531,295
1989 3,668,833
1990 3,810,495
1991 3,956,298
1992 4,104,155
1993 4,230,966
1994 4,361,177
1995 4,494,628
1996 4,622,054
1997 4,752,422
1998 4,885,260
1999 5,020,176
2000 5,156,654
2001 5,294,346
2002 5,433,522
2003 5,573,824
2004 5,715,321
2005 5,857,965
2006 6,001,861
2007 6,146,758
2008 6,292,705
2009 6,439,895
2010 6,588,291
2011 6,737,876
2012 6,888,700
2013 7,040,563
2014 7,193,570
2015 7,347,710
2016 7,502,948

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