Cuba - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Cuba was 8,857,622 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 8,857,622 in 2016 and a minimum value of 4,170,494 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 4,170,494
1961 4,270,963
1962 4,379,048
1963 4,492,010
1964 4,606,097
1965 4,718,438
1966 4,827,571
1967 4,934,081
1968 5,039,162
1969 5,144,852
1970 5,252,256
1971 5,408,547
1972 5,577,635
1973 5,745,493
1974 5,908,089
1975 6,061,745
1976 6,205,494
1977 6,339,812
1978 6,465,748
1979 6,584,614
1980 6,698,346
1981 6,805,577
1982 6,889,772
1983 6,969,238
1984 7,055,315
1985 7,152,167
1986 7,263,065
1987 7,385,975
1988 7,515,623
1989 7,643,407
1990 7,763,438
1991 7,856,503
1992 7,924,120
1993 7,985,177
1994 8,043,213
1995 8,100,682
1996 8,157,843
1997 8,218,414
1998 8,282,030
1999 8,342,391
2000 8,399,069
2001 8,451,992
2002 8,501,560
2003 8,540,153
2004 8,567,495
2005 8,591,153
2006 8,610,780
2007 8,626,974
2008 8,642,122
2009 8,659,296
2010 8,680,777
2011 8,707,768
2012 8,739,326
2013 8,772,761
2014 8,805,189
2015 8,833,784
2016 8,857,622

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