Brazil - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Brazil was 178,442,300 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 178,442,300 in 2016 and a minimum value of 33,315,840 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 33,315,840
1961 35,036,040
1962 36,830,970
1963 38,699,980
1964 40,632,220
1965 42,614,880
1966 44,649,390
1967 46,735,260
1968 48,873,650
1969 51,058,530
1970 53,296,260
1971 55,601,920
1972 57,962,110
1973 60,375,980
1974 62,858,800
1975 65,416,320
1976 68,051,060
1977 70,755,740
1978 73,536,290
1979 76,391,350
1980 79,320,870
1981 82,319,310
1982 85,387,340
1983 88,504,410
1984 91,645,750
1985 94,786,160
1986 97,923,280
1987 101,051,500
1988 104,173,600
1989 107,289,000
1990 110,404,100
1991 113,511,300
1992 116,609,500
1993 119,705,200
1994 122,818,000
1995 125,958,400
1996 129,130,400
1997 132,441,100
1998 135,763,800
1999 139,064,300
2000 142,319,500
2001 144,961,000
2002 147,507,600
2003 150,005,800
2004 152,448,000
2005 154,831,100
2006 157,150,600
2007 159,407,900
2008 161,618,000
2009 163,798,400
2010 165,968,100
2011 168,134,600
2012 170,278,300
2013 172,393,500
2014 174,465,400
2015 176,482,800
2016 178,442,300

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