Hungary - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Hungary was 7,036,727 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 7,036,727 in 2016 and a minimum value of 5,582,136 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 5,582,136
1961 5,650,018
1962 5,710,839
1963 5,768,389
1964 5,829,329
1965 5,888,035
1966 5,948,507
1967 6,013,391
1968 6,079,237
1969 6,147,411
1970 6,214,324
1971 6,276,403
1972 6,339,439
1973 6,404,030
1974 6,476,897
1975 6,559,474
1976 6,640,071
1977 6,715,287
1978 6,782,725
1979 6,839,204
1980 6,875,576
1981 6,895,431
1982 6,910,744
1983 6,919,717
1984 6,925,194
1985 6,931,780
1986 6,938,994
1987 6,946,357
1988 6,954,686
1989 6,898,019
1990 6,830,026
1991 6,816,672
1992 6,800,940
1993 6,780,138
1994 6,757,831
1995 6,735,415
1996 6,710,863
1997 6,684,288
1998 6,655,715
1999 6,623,887
2000 6,593,735
2001 6,588,305
2002 6,611,324
2003 6,633,742
2004 6,660,205
2005 6,693,171
2006 6,734,020
2007 6,774,378
2008 6,812,918
2009 6,852,085
2010 6,885,916
2011 6,915,193
2012 6,927,587
2013 6,955,430
2014 6,982,598
2015 7,010,894
2016 7,036,727

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