Guatemala - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Guatemala was 8,627,859 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 8,627,859 in 2016 and a minimum value of 1,310,427 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 1,310,427
1961 1,377,506
1962 1,447,488
1963 1,520,470
1964 1,593,340
1965 1,655,168
1966 1,719,411
1967 1,785,984
1968 1,854,763
1969 1,925,609
1970 1,998,266
1971 2,072,938
1972 2,149,481
1973 2,224,857
1974 2,293,218
1975 2,362,336
1976 2,432,074
1977 2,502,564
1978 2,574,351
1979 2,647,963
1980 2,724,087
1981 2,807,773
1982 2,908,066
1983 3,011,546
1984 3,117,749
1985 3,226,148
1986 3,336,877
1987 3,449,941
1988 3,566,034
1989 3,685,440
1990 3,809,002
1991 3,936,790
1992 4,069,045
1993 4,205,061
1994 4,344,588
1995 4,487,100
1996 4,632,581
1997 4,781,196
1998 4,934,145
1999 5,092,585
2000 5,257,631
2001 5,429,666
2002 5,608,379
2003 5,793,222
2004 5,983,330
2005 6,177,658
2006 6,376,038
2007 6,578,740
2008 6,785,944
2009 6,998,335
2010 7,216,161
2011 7,439,330
2012 7,667,903
2013 7,901,198
2014 8,139,327
2015 8,381,540
2016 8,627,859

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