Georgia - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Georgia was 2,001,950 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 2,667,710 in 1993 and a minimum value of 1,570,123 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 1,570,123
1961 1,613,251
1962 1,656,450
1963 1,699,844
1964 1,743,144
1965 1,785,661
1966 1,825,872
1967 1,863,779
1968 1,900,892
1969 1,939,040
1970 1,977,799
1971 2,017,973
1972 2,058,158
1973 2,096,177
1974 2,134,443
1975 2,170,431
1976 2,206,460
1977 2,241,969
1978 2,275,678
1979 2,310,615
1980 2,345,408
1981 2,379,998
1982 2,415,679
1983 2,452,585
1984 2,489,286
1985 2,527,012
1986 2,565,458
1987 2,602,758
1988 2,644,850
1989 2,655,120
1990 2,642,925
1991 2,650,025
1992 2,658,933
1993 2,667,710
1994 2,629,153
1995 2,548,833
1996 2,474,230
1997 2,418,062
1998 2,383,654
1999 2,354,437
2000 2,325,705
2001 2,298,386
2002 2,278,406
2003 2,251,660
2004 2,224,847
2005 2,198,493
2006 2,172,434
2007 2,146,112
2008 2,120,788
2009 2,097,321
2010 2,075,637
2011 2,054,370
2012 2,033,447
2013 2,012,948
2014 1,992,752
2015 1,993,890
2016 2,001,950

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