Botswana - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Botswana was 1,298,625 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 1,298,625 in 2016 and a minimum value of 16,051 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 16,051
1961 16,639
1962 17,263
1963 17,927
1964 19,271
1965 22,926
1966 27,270
1967 32,443
1968 38,596
1969 45,875
1970 54,493
1971 64,663
1972 72,018
1973 79,779
1974 88,446
1975 98,143
1976 108,990
1977 121,052
1978 134,398
1979 149,031
1980 164,981
1981 182,259
1982 209,680
1983 241,894
1984 277,910
1985 317,779
1986 361,700
1987 409,650
1988 461,716
1989 517,738
1990 577,800
1991 641,666
1992 676,133
1993 706,781
1994 737,697
1995 768,558
1996 799,303
1997 829,904
1998 860,274
1999 890,252
2000 919,805
2001 948,753
2002 967,832
2003 985,295
2004 1,003,223
2005 1,022,073
2006 1,042,097
2007 1,063,246
2008 1,085,519
2009 1,108,813
2010 1,133,060
2011 1,158,330
2012 1,184,621
2013 1,211,929
2014 1,240,142
2015 1,269,051
2016 1,298,625

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