Germany - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Germany was 62,422,370 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 62,422,370 in 2016 and a minimum value of 51,978,190 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 51,978,190
1961 52,609,560
1962 53,122,380
1963 53,664,330
1964 54,147,100
1965 54,659,680
1966 55,166,780
1967 55,468,830
1968 55,765,530
1969 56,259,360
1970 56,496,070
1971 56,645,240
1972 56,961,780
1973 57,186,460
1974 57,253,760
1975 57,085,530
1976 56,885,940
1977 56,801,860
1978 56,796,180
1979 56,865,820
1980 57,028,530
1981 57,229,150
1982 57,267,180
1983 57,114,120
1984 56,792,460
1985 56,485,450
1986 56,438,250
1987 56,204,310
1988 57,044,790
1989 57,469,540
1990 58,079,840
1991 58,625,380
1992 59,146,200
1993 59,553,350
1994 59,729,330
1995 59,858,580
1996 59,987,870
1997 60,024,840
1998 59,979,780
1999 59,985,720
2000 60,069,480
2001 60,208,500
2002 60,360,130
2003 60,442,250
2004 60,475,340
2005 60,495,440
2006 60,541,750
2007 60,626,200
2008 60,675,260
2009 60,683,880
2010 60,752,900
2011 59,795,230
2012 60,068,440
2013 60,395,500
2014 60,813,000
2015 61,510,840
2016 62,422,370

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