Guinea - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Guinea was 4,667,189 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 4,667,189 in 2016 and a minimum value of 374,626 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 374,626
1961 397,376
1962 421,400
1963 446,904
1964 474,132
1965 503,262
1966 534,558
1967 567,955
1968 602,943
1969 638,592
1970 674,193
1971 709,546
1972 744,730
1973 779,812
1974 815,355
1975 851,735
1976 889,071
1977 927,508
1978 968,538
1979 1,013,985
1980 1,065,576
1981 1,124,635
1982 1,192,070
1983 1,254,193
1984 1,302,321
1985 1,353,616
1986 1,406,711
1987 1,462,579
1988 1,525,315
1989 1,600,837
1990 1,693,077
1991 1,804,700
1992 1,933,095
1993 2,069,459
1994 2,201,575
1995 2,320,028
1996 2,421,061
1997 2,506,983
1998 2,582,791
1999 2,655,842
2000 2,732,147
2001 2,812,901
2002 2,896,721
2003 2,984,737
2004 3,077,491
2005 3,175,634
2006 3,280,239
2007 3,392,096
2008 3,510,384
2009 3,634,189
2010 3,762,416
2011 3,895,084
2012 4,032,900
2013 4,177,293
2014 4,330,261
2015 4,493,335
2016 4,667,189

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