Chile - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Chile was 16,064,510 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 16,064,510 in 2016 and a minimum value of 5,234,650 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 5,234,650
1961 5,417,381
1962 5,601,416
1963 5,789,685
1964 5,982,101
1965 6,178,100
1966 6,378,021
1967 6,581,183
1968 6,786,313
1969 6,991,199
1970 7,194,609
1971 7,394,942
1972 7,593,535
1973 7,790,200
1974 7,985,511
1975 8,179,998
1976 8,373,542
1977 8,566,301
1978 8,759,492
1979 8,954,618
1980 9,153,020
1981 9,354,703
1982 9,551,237
1983 9,716,331
1984 9,887,209
1985 10,064,450
1986 10,248,470
1987 10,438,660
1988 10,633,280
1989 10,830,040
1990 11,026,860
1991 11,223,070
1992 11,424,060
1993 11,647,000
1994 11,868,190
1995 12,087,070
1996 12,303,000
1997 12,515,890
1998 12,725,610
1999 12,932,710
2000 13,137,110
2001 13,338,740
2002 13,537,570
2003 13,733,280
2004 13,927,060
2005 14,119,480
2006 14,310,660
2007 14,500,480
2008 14,688,340
2009 14,873,020
2010 15,053,730
2011 15,230,470
2012 15,403,250
2013 15,572,610
2014 15,738,990
2015 15,902,930
2016 16,064,510

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