Dem. Rep. Congo - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Dem. Rep. Congo was 33,868,360 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 33,868,360 in 2016 and a minimum value of 3,400,360 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 3,400,360
1961 3,522,087
1962 3,649,227
1963 3,782,293
1964 3,922,386
1965 4,070,458
1966 4,227,193
1967 4,392,209
1968 4,564,512
1969 4,742,135
1970 4,924,045
1971 5,109,255
1972 5,298,832
1973 5,494,101
1974 5,698,346
1975 5,913,608
1976 6,141,379
1977 6,381,228
1978 6,629,703
1979 6,882,261
1980 7,135,492
1981 7,389,075
1982 7,645,273
1983 7,907,917
1984 8,183,134
1985 8,520,667
1986 8,877,409
1987 9,254,003
1988 9,660,247
1989 10,107,230
1990 10,603,490
1991 11,157,660
1992 11,766,280
1993 12,405,780
1994 13,044,650
1995 13,659,210
1996 14,237,890
1997 14,789,170
1998 15,335,010
1999 15,908,020
2000 16,534,170
2001 17,222,090
2002 17,968,280
2003 18,770,720
2004 19,622,660
2005 20,519,760
2006 21,464,290
2007 22,460,380
2008 23,510,090
2009 24,612,410
2010 25,768,660
2011 26,980,310
2012 28,246,770
2013 29,568,340
2014 30,945,910
2015 32,378,990
2016 33,868,360

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