Congo - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Congo was 3,372,688 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 3,372,688 in 2016 and a minimum value of 327,772 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 327,772
1961 343,899
1962 360,948
1963 378,922
1964 397,859
1965 417,744
1966 438,638
1967 460,577
1968 483,707
1969 508,128
1970 534,037
1971 561,518
1972 590,578
1973 621,069
1974 653,437
1975 687,914
1976 723,593
1977 760,471
1978 798,779
1979 838,735
1980 880,538
1981 924,242
1982 969,880
1983 1,017,301
1984 1,066,329
1985 1,111,143
1986 1,151,831
1987 1,193,487
1988 1,236,224
1989 1,280,248
1990 1,325,754
1991 1,372,830
1992 1,421,544
1993 1,472,040
1994 1,524,489
1995 1,579,144
1996 1,636,319
1997 1,697,466
1998 1,760,969
1999 1,826,324
2000 1,893,340
2001 1,961,498
2002 2,031,259
2003 2,104,173
2004 2,182,480
2005 2,267,682
2006 2,360,787
2007 2,461,018
2008 2,565,603
2009 2,670,736
2010 2,773,618
2011 2,873,075
2012 2,969,986
2013 3,066,121
2014 3,164,121
2015 3,266,155
2016 3,372,688

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