Colombia - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Colombia was 37,321,060 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 37,321,060 in 2016 and a minimum value of 7,421,611 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 7,421,611
1961 7,867,397
1962 8,334,981
1963 8,824,177
1964 9,335,584
1965 9,767,765
1966 10,212,560
1967 10,672,610
1968 11,143,650
1969 11,618,650
1970 12,093,960
1971 12,566,390
1972 13,037,900
1973 13,512,220
1974 13,994,900
1975 14,492,480
1976 15,007,920
1977 15,539,190
1978 16,087,080
1979 16,651,220
1980 17,231,060
1981 17,826,360
1982 18,437,760
1983 19,062,080
1984 19,695,990
1985 20,335,600
1986 20,950,820
1987 21,557,420
1988 22,167,800
1989 22,781,230
1990 23,399,250
1991 24,021,340
1992 24,646,080
1993 25,271,470
1994 25,849,760
1995 26,402,580
1996 26,950,900
1997 27,494,660
1998 28,035,480
1999 28,577,100
2000 29,121,150
2001 29,667,770
2002 30,216,130
2003 30,764,330
2004 31,309,980
2005 31,850,000
2006 32,384,080
2007 32,912,180
2008 33,433,690
2009 33,948,140
2010 34,455,100
2011 34,953,950
2012 35,443,800
2013 35,925,270
2014 36,398,800
2015 36,864,090
2016 37,321,060

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