Comoros - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Comoros was 226,046 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 226,046 in 2016 and a minimum value of 23,988 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 23,988
1961 25,914
1962 27,980
1963 30,204
1964 32,609
1965 35,216
1966 38,066
1967 39,596
1968 41,214
1969 42,891
1970 44,607
1971 46,342
1972 48,122
1973 50,024
1974 52,169
1975 54,646
1976 57,512
1977 60,737
1978 64,235
1979 67,848
1980 71,463
1981 75,111
1982 78,778
1983 82,505
1984 86,387
1985 90,501
1986 94,871
1987 99,486
1988 104,335
1989 109,411
1990 114,707
1991 120,236
1992 124,104
1993 127,549
1994 131,037
1995 134,541
1996 138,071
1997 141,616
1998 145,174
1999 148,733
2000 152,294
2001 155,849
2002 159,409
2003 162,990
2004 166,645
2005 170,479
2006 174,491
2007 178,698
2008 183,104
2009 187,716
2010 192,548
2011 197,599
2012 202,893
2013 208,391
2014 214,093
2015 219,980
2016 226,046

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