Côte d'Ivoire - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Côte d'Ivoire was 13,001,710 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 13,001,710 in 2016 and a minimum value of 629,193 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 629,193
1961 698,611
1962 776,280
1963 862,340
1964 956,623
1965 1,058,839
1966 1,131,045
1967 1,207,206
1968 1,288,770
1969 1,377,865
1970 1,476,416
1971 1,585,392
1972 1,705,063
1973 1,835,010
1974 1,974,879
1975 2,129,889
1976 2,325,707
1977 2,535,857
1978 2,761,273
1979 2,905,057
1980 3,054,478
1981 3,209,513
1982 3,369,971
1983 3,535,010
1984 3,703,735
1985 3,875,372
1986 4,049,189
1987 4,225,595
1988 4,410,678
1989 4,614,463
1990 4,826,748
1991 5,047,907
1992 5,276,791
1993 5,511,893
1994 5,751,043
1995 5,992,272
1996 6,236,074
1997 6,481,754
1998 6,725,837
1999 6,990,518
2000 7,265,496
2001 7,530,895
2002 7,789,404
2003 8,046,405
2004 8,310,456
2005 8,587,991
2006 8,882,232
2007 9,212,020
2008 9,560,642
2009 9,928,310
2010 10,314,300
2011 10,720,340
2012 11,146,460
2013 11,590,740
2014 12,049,540
2015 12,520,170
2016 13,001,710

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