Guyana - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Guyana was 221,636 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 237,853 in 1980 and a minimum value of 165,879 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 165,879
1961 171,178
1962 176,362
1963 181,350
1964 186,053
1965 190,404
1966 194,366
1967 197,956
1968 201,240
1969 204,333
1970 207,427
1971 210,772
1972 213,993
1973 217,150
1974 220,306
1975 223,506
1976 226,803
1977 230,145
1978 233,309
1979 236,020
1980 237,853
1981 237,615
1982 236,757
1983 235,359
1984 233,527
1985 231,385
1986 228,902
1987 226,138
1988 223,440
1989 221,261
1990 219,893
1991 219,513
1992 219,981
1993 220,884
1994 221,633
1995 221,817
1996 221,305
1997 220,236
1998 218,828
1999 217,384
2000 216,152
2001 215,192
2002 214,422
2003 213,760
2004 213,153
2005 212,525
2006 211,822
2007 211,131
2008 210,595
2009 210,442
2010 210,820
2011 211,778
2012 213,268
2013 215,159
2014 217,254
2015 219,434
2016 221,636

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