Canada - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Canada was 29,757,050 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 29,757,050 in 2016 and a minimum value of 12,368,140 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 12,368,140
1961 12,729,040
1962 13,121,750
1963 13,522,660
1964 13,934,680
1965 14,343,690
1966 14,763,750
1967 15,136,520
1968 15,487,890
1969 15,804,860
1970 16,132,460
1971 16,470,090
1972 16,708,780
1973 16,967,420
1974 17,247,040
1975 17,548,560
1976 17,756,800
1977 17,976,210
1978 18,167,130
1979 18,359,000
1980 18,607,800
1981 18,852,290
1982 19,121,760
1983 19,355,470
1984 19,583,640
1985 19,807,760
1986 20,046,580
1987 20,316,590
1988 20,585,970
1989 20,961,910
1990 21,282,900
1991 21,585,140
1992 21,927,860
1993 22,245,550
1994 22,536,690
1995 22,800,720
1996 23,129,540
1997 23,491,970
1998 23,812,360
1999 24,125,780
2000 24,455,140
2001 24,806,460
2002 25,054,480
2003 25,330,350
2004 25,610,400
2005 25,889,020
2006 26,125,780
2007 26,440,580
2008 26,788,780
2009 27,157,760
2010 27,522,850
2011 27,857,150
2012 28,249,760
2013 28,641,850
2014 29,022,140
2015 29,334,200
2016 29,757,050

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