Greece - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Greece was 8,417,814 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 8,511,794 in 2011 and a minimum value of 4,660,434 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 4,660,434
1961 4,740,951
1962 4,844,217
1963 4,937,007
1964 5,029,578
1965 5,127,549
1966 5,239,942
1967 5,357,301
1968 5,466,737
1969 5,560,616
1970 5,646,740
1971 5,735,846
1972 5,817,963
1973 5,888,911
1974 5,955,084
1975 6,055,755
1976 6,195,478
1977 6,321,574
1978 6,449,432
1979 6,575,885
1980 6,686,402
1981 6,785,832
1982 6,846,785
1983 6,905,833
1984 6,959,420
1985 7,005,470
1986 7,047,717
1987 7,090,422
1988 7,135,291
1989 7,191,693
1990 7,287,341
1991 7,392,680
1992 7,462,054
1993 7,518,737
1994 7,569,094
1995 7,617,319
1996 7,663,691
1997 7,714,274
1998 7,770,011
1999 7,812,670
2000 7,857,551
2001 7,919,906
2002 7,991,509
2003 8,052,786
2004 8,114,802
2005 8,180,275
2006 8,246,206
2007 8,308,341
2008 8,371,303
2009 8,433,780
2010 8,484,693
2011 8,511,794
2012 8,504,658
2013 8,480,823
2014 8,461,009
2015 8,441,046
2016 8,417,814

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