Dominican Republic - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Dominican Republic was 8,502,101 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 8,502,101 in 2016 and a minimum value of 995,756 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 995,756
1961 1,060,756
1962 1,130,119
1963 1,202,967
1964 1,279,359
1965 1,359,145
1966 1,442,416
1967 1,529,137
1968 1,619,430
1969 1,713,094
1970 1,810,657
1971 1,912,233
1972 2,017,355
1973 2,125,829
1974 2,237,781
1975 2,353,057
1976 2,471,748
1977 2,593,474
1978 2,718,596
1979 2,847,047
1980 2,979,051
1981 3,114,323
1982 3,224,814
1983 3,313,948
1984 3,404,189
1985 3,495,417
1986 3,587,610
1987 3,680,767
1988 3,775,009
1989 3,870,446
1990 3,967,241
1991 4,065,500
1992 4,164,987
1993 4,265,237
1994 4,399,935
1995 4,545,720
1996 4,691,973
1997 4,838,653
1998 4,986,287
1999 5,135,521
2000 5,287,077
2001 5,440,574
2002 5,596,224
2003 5,792,814
2004 6,007,524
2005 6,222,794
2006 6,438,578
2007 6,654,568
2008 6,870,550
2009 7,085,629
2010 7,299,962
2011 7,513,202
2012 7,721,722
2013 7,925,029
2014 8,122,906
2015 8,315,326
2016 8,502,101

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