Central African Republic - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Central African Republic was 1,853,103 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 1,853,103 in 2016 and a minimum value of 302,205 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 302,205
1961 317,330
1962 333,406
1963 350,454
1964 368,614
1965 387,789
1966 408,133
1967 429,651
1968 453,142
1969 477,537
1970 502,749
1971 528,725
1972 555,615
1973 583,628
1974 613,300
1975 644,974
1976 671,828
1977 694,277
1978 718,321
1979 744,243
1980 772,267
1981 802,652
1982 835,275
1983 869,207
1984 903,111
1985 935,995
1986 967,354
1987 997,564
1988 1,027,735
1989 1,055,533
1990 1,082,574
1991 1,112,577
1992 1,145,046
1993 1,179,215
1994 1,213,907
1995 1,248,269
1996 1,281,974
1997 1,315,263
1998 1,348,120
1999 1,380,786
2000 1,413,339
2001 1,445,507
2002 1,477,155
2003 1,508,414
2004 1,539,535
2005 1,571,330
2006 1,604,357
2007 1,638,401
2008 1,671,670
2009 1,701,794
2010 1,727,273
2011 1,747,222
2012 1,762,848
2013 1,777,363
2014 1,795,275
2015 1,820,122
2016 1,853,103

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