Ecuador - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Ecuador was 10,482,510 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 10,482,510 in 2016 and a minimum value of 1,539,941 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 1,539,941
1961 1,611,926
1962 1,687,399
1963 1,763,826
1964 1,842,030
1965 1,923,644
1966 2,008,861
1967 2,097,624
1968 2,190,066
1969 2,285,836
1970 2,385,167
1971 2,487,849
1972 2,594,113
1973 2,703,745
1974 2,818,332
1975 2,960,068
1976 3,106,957
1977 3,258,748
1978 3,415,786
1979 3,578,063
1980 3,745,818
1981 3,918,768
1982 4,097,265
1983 4,273,673
1984 4,450,524
1985 4,632,898
1986 4,821,262
1987 5,015,234
1988 5,214,939
1989 5,419,512
1990 5,629,146
1991 5,827,713
1992 6,019,368
1993 6,213,712
1994 6,410,432
1995 6,608,767
1996 6,808,781
1997 7,010,107
1998 7,212,089
1999 7,413,921
2000 7,614,917
2001 7,814,347
2002 7,989,382
2003 8,148,652
2004 8,310,324
2005 8,476,150
2006 8,646,848
2007 8,822,155
2008 9,000,831
2009 9,181,312
2010 9,362,557
2011 9,544,280
2012 9,727,959
2013 9,913,446
2014 10,101,020
2015 10,290,740
2016 10,482,510

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