Dominica - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Dominica was 51,348 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 51,348 in 2016 and a minimum value of 22,712 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 22,712
1961 23,138
1962 23,540
1963 23,938
1964 24,364
1965 24,832
1966 25,362
1967 25,933
1968 26,498
1969 26,995
1970 27,493
1971 28,248
1972 28,883
1973 29,459
1974 30,061
1975 30,763
1976 31,588
1977 32,519
1978 33,494
1979 34,417
1980 35,216
1981 36,024
1982 37,227
1983 38,313
1984 39,325
1985 40,290
1986 41,202
1987 42,060
1988 42,900
1989 43,778
1990 44,739
1991 45,680
1992 45,825
1993 46,042
1994 46,210
1995 46,269
1996 46,186
1997 45,993
1998 45,753
1999 45,562
2000 45,474
2001 45,552
2002 45,867
2003 46,257
2004 46,661
2005 47,038
2006 47,372
2007 47,681
2008 47,976
2009 48,293
2010 48,646
2011 49,047
2012 49,481
2013 49,934
2014 50,403
2015 50,876
2016 51,348

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