Djibouti - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Djibouti was 729,648 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 729,648 in 2016 and a minimum value of 42,090 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 42,090
1961 45,530
1962 49,569
1963 54,125
1964 59,119
1965 64,505
1966 70,353
1967 76,741
1968 83,631
1969 90,927
1970 98,633
1971 106,498
1972 114,646
1973 123,945
1974 135,623
1975 150,521
1976 169,441
1977 191,954
1978 216,126
1979 239,094
1980 258,796
1981 273,809
1982 284,877
1983 293,398
1984 303,356
1985 318,891
1986 341,380
1987 369,420
1988 399,648
1989 427,144
1990 448,449
1991 461,893
1992 468,431
1993 471,336
1994 474,579
1995 480,986
1996 491,432
1997 504,922
1998 520,253
1999 535,471
2000 549,181
2001 561,095
2002 571,784
2003 581,630
2004 591,290
2005 601,234
2006 611,543
2007 622,050
2008 632,828
2009 643,898
2010 655,348
2011 667,230
2012 679,543
2013 692,118
2014 704,756
2015 717,290
2016 729,648

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