Cambodia - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Cambodia was 3,301,428 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 3,301,428 in 2016 and a minimum value of 336,786 in 1975.

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 588,546
1961 604,509
1962 622,930
1963 649,108
1964 675,073
1965 700,397
1966 724,324
1967 808,790
1968 900,960
1969 1,002,916
1970 1,117,077
1971 1,335,972
1972 1,592,747
1973 1,881,408
1974 2,188,255
1975 336,786
1976 356,818
1977 373,095
1978 387,981
1979 406,056
1980 662,385
1981 859,855
1982 901,498
1983 955,167
1984 1,014,595
1985 1,074,495
1986 1,133,517
1987 1,193,261
1988 1,255,202
1989 1,321,707
1990 1,394,996
1991 1,475,422
1992 1,561,955
1993 1,653,438
1994 1,748,044
1995 1,844,237
1996 1,941,642
1997 2,040,036
1998 2,128,765
1999 2,194,908
2000 2,258,637
2001 2,319,635
2002 2,377,856
2003 2,433,996
2004 2,489,226
2005 2,544,428
2006 2,599,633
2007 2,655,056
2008 2,711,280
2009 2,770,980
2010 2,834,561
2011 2,902,780
2012 2,975,618
2013 3,052,461
2014 3,132,650
2015 3,215,720
2016 3,301,428

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