France - Urban population

The value for Urban population in France was 53,349,650 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 53,349,650 in 2016 and a minimum value of 28,968,650 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 28,968,650
1961 29,703,740
1962 30,550,680
1963 31,576,960
1964 32,586,170
1965 33,551,440
1966 34,459,570
1967 35,313,430
1968 36,015,280
1969 36,481,400
1970 36,973,540
1971 37,501,980
1972 38,056,500
1973 38,614,520
1974 39,145,580
1975 39,564,230
1976 39,813,660
1977 40,015,300
1978 40,188,950
1979 40,361,660
1980 40,554,830
1981 40,773,310
1982 41,014,270
1983 41,274,870
1984 41,548,370
1985 41,830,020
1986 42,121,080
1987 42,422,150
1988 42,726,700
1989 43,026,110
1990 43,332,240
1991 43,467,990
1992 43,785,890
1993 44,077,100
1994 44,342,920
1995 44,604,030
1996 44,863,820
1997 45,123,540
1998 45,390,700
1999 45,743,980
2000 46,214,920
2001 46,709,570
2002 47,206,860
2003 47,699,500
2004 48,209,410
2005 48,730,240
2006 49,228,310
2007 49,690,040
2008 50,124,940
2009 50,540,080
2010 50,945,800
2011 51,348,970
2012 51,753,050
2013 52,175,170
2014 52,593,940
2015 52,979,460
2016 53,349,650

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