Fiji - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Fiji was 486,220 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 486,220 in 2016 and a minimum value of 116,761 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 116,761
1961 123,157
1962 129,943
1963 136,982
1964 144,103
1965 151,142
1966 158,044
1967 163,958
1968 169,558
1969 175,175
1970 180,925
1971 186,842
1972 192,905
1973 199,091
1974 205,372
1975 211,731
1976 218,082
1977 223,264
1978 228,315
1979 233,816
1980 239,929
1981 246,836
1982 254,383
1983 261,963
1984 268,744
1985 274,153
1986 277,898
1987 283,833
1988 289,781
1989 295,973
1990 303,189
1991 311,701
1992 321,310
1993 331,706
1994 342,353
1995 352,821
1996 363,071
1997 370,519
1998 377,132
1999 383,206
2000 388,641
2001 393,267
2002 397,176
2003 400,842
2004 404,913
2005 409,848
2006 415,890
2007 422,891
2008 430,534
2009 438,252
2010 445,695
2011 452,740
2012 459,477
2013 466,038
2014 472,613
2015 479,334
2016 486,220

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