Chad - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Chad was 3,268,876 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 3,268,876 in 2016 and a minimum value of 200,957 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 200,957
1961 213,062
1962 225,945
1963 239,626
1964 255,727
1965 278,203
1966 302,416
1967 328,505
1968 356,794
1969 387,597
1970 421,486
1971 458,794
1972 499,778
1973 542,457
1974 588,088
1975 636,330
1976 687,166
1977 740,747
1978 797,759
1979 821,900
1980 847,677
1981 875,102
1982 904,328
1983 935,734
1984 969,903
1985 1,007,055
1986 1,047,710
1987 1,091,731
1988 1,138,870
1989 1,188,341
1990 1,239,682
1991 1,292,932
1992 1,348,229
1993 1,403,423
1994 1,451,945
1995 1,503,265
1996 1,557,278
1997 1,613,896
1998 1,673,750
1999 1,737,360
2000 1,805,079
2001 1,877,275
2002 1,953,547
2003 2,032,918
2004 2,113,682
2005 2,194,709
2006 2,275,451
2007 2,356,432
2008 2,438,427
2009 2,523,021
2010 2,613,164
2011 2,709,402
2012 2,811,519
2013 2,919,203
2014 3,031,548
2015 3,148,055
2016 3,268,876

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