Cameroon - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Cameroon was 12,877,020 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 12,877,020 in 2016 and a minimum value of 721,416 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 721,416
1961 765,724
1962 813,120
1963 863,766
1964 917,809
1965 975,298
1966 1,036,625
1967 1,102,048
1968 1,171,813
1969 1,245,992
1970 1,325,110
1971 1,445,641
1972 1,576,284
1973 1,717,421
1974 1,870,202
1975 2,035,263
1976 2,199,443
1977 2,325,390
1978 2,459,014
1979 2,600,711
1980 2,751,065
1981 2,910,165
1982 3,078,469
1983 3,256,259
1984 3,443,890
1985 3,641,324
1986 3,849,128
1987 4,058,273
1988 4,248,463
1989 4,444,468
1990 4,645,904
1991 4,852,634
1992 5,064,953
1993 5,282,049
1994 5,504,091
1995 5,730,749
1996 5,962,015
1997 6,198,081
1998 6,440,913
1999 6,693,011
2000 6,956,192
2001 7,230,870
2002 7,517,754
2003 7,817,313
2004 8,130,183
2005 8,456,228
2006 8,796,382
2007 9,150,050
2008 9,517,221
2009 9,896,604
2010 10,288,000
2011 10,690,950
2012 11,105,570
2013 11,531,670
2014 11,969,290
2015 12,417,640
2016 12,877,020

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