Iran - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Iran was 59,308,160 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 59,308,160 in 2016 and a minimum value of 7,390,294 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 7,390,294
1961 7,730,791
1962 8,086,767
1963 8,458,177
1964 8,845,955
1965 9,250,362
1966 9,673,820
1967 10,147,480
1968 10,660,980
1969 11,195,220
1970 11,751,190
1971 12,330,340
1972 12,936,160
1973 13,573,160
1974 14,250,080
1975 14,973,250
1976 15,744,070
1977 16,524,650
1978 17,342,420
1979 18,235,550
1980 19,215,400
1981 20,283,360
1982 21,433,800
1983 22,658,790
1984 23,945,620
1985 25,278,640
1986 26,664,210
1987 28,013,730
1988 29,327,990
1989 30,562,340
1990 31,672,210
1991 32,626,630
1992 33,589,060
1993 34,521,070
1994 35,464,780
1995 36,488,340
1996 37,619,260
1997 38,788,360
1998 39,994,130
1999 41,196,380
2000 42,352,160
2001 43,450,300
2002 44,507,330
2003 45,534,750
2004 46,552,260
2005 47,575,570
2006 48,605,190
2007 49,603,500
2008 50,597,060
2009 51,614,460
2010 52,664,050
2011 53,750,010
2012 54,869,970
2013 56,001,270
2014 57,126,400
2015 58,230,760
2016 59,308,160

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