Cayman Islands - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Cayman Islands was 60,765 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 60,765 in 2016 and a minimum value of 7,865 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 7,865
1961 8,026
1962 8,146
1963 8,227
1964 8,298
1965 8,369
1966 8,441
1967 8,521
1968 8,631
1969 8,827
1970 9,144
1971 9,581
1972 10,136
1973 10,784
1974 11,498
1975 12,244
1976 13,022
1977 13,841
1978 14,661
1979 15,444
1980 16,162
1981 16,789
1982 17,356
1983 17,906
1984 18,543
1985 19,313
1986 20,251
1987 21,339
1988 22,538
1989 23,776
1990 25,010
1991 26,213
1992 27,404
1993 28,646
1994 30,055
1995 31,672
1996 33,536
1997 35,597
1998 37,740
1999 39,808
2000 41,687
2001 43,316
2002 44,738
2003 46,028
2004 47,299
2005 48,622
2006 50,031
2007 51,483
2008 52,926
2009 54,279
2010 55,507
2011 56,579
2012 57,523
2013 58,371
2014 59,172
2015 59,963
2016 60,765

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