Egypt - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Egypt was 41,358,560 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 41,358,560 in 2016 and a minimum value of 10,221,970 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 10,221,970
1961 10,618,460
1962 11,010,230
1963 11,412,950
1964 11,827,270
1965 12,253,440
1966 12,692,360
1967 13,143,420
1968 13,603,900
1969 14,068,930
1970 14,536,140
1971 15,004,520
1972 15,476,280
1973 15,956,050
1974 16,450,110
1975 16,964,750
1976 17,501,270
1977 17,973,700
1978 18,408,960
1979 18,864,260
1980 19,341,000
1981 19,838,290
1982 20,356,020
1983 20,896,870
1984 21,464,220
1985 22,059,070
1986 22,683,650
1987 23,283,870
1988 23,861,170
1989 24,425,030
1990 24,961,680
1991 25,466,220
1992 25,942,560
1993 26,396,920
1994 26,839,420
1995 27,278,680
1996 27,714,250
1997 28,218,740
1998 28,773,120
1999 29,337,900
2000 29,917,670
2001 30,515,760
2002 31,133,180
2003 31,764,150
2004 32,399,890
2005 33,035,330
2006 33,665,450
2007 34,263,060
2008 34,857,120
2009 35,492,120
2010 36,182,250
2011 36,935,950
2012 37,761,460
2013 38,639,650
2014 39,542,750
2015 40,451,220
2016 41,358,560

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