Ireland - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Ireland was 3,032,586 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 3,032,586 in 2016 and a minimum value of 1,296,121 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 1,296,121
1961 1,306,003
1962 1,328,860
1963 1,354,239
1964 1,378,553
1965 1,401,504
1966 1,424,843
1967 1,448,990
1968 1,473,052
1969 1,499,259
1970 1,529,549
1971 1,563,915
1972 1,597,717
1973 1,634,072
1974 1,672,099
1975 1,710,683
1976 1,747,737
1977 1,782,727
1978 1,819,520
1979 1,855,360
1980 1,888,405
1981 1,921,042
1982 1,944,867
1983 1,964,356
1984 1,982,219
1985 1,991,056
1986 1,997,305
1987 2,001,761
1988 1,997,448
1989 1,993,762
1990 1,999,662
1991 2,016,140
1992 2,037,735
1993 2,055,778
1994 2,071,725
1995 2,090,241
1996 2,114,994
1997 2,145,532
1998 2,177,311
1999 2,211,419
2000 2,250,608
2001 2,296,355
2002 2,345,367
2003 2,394,915
2004 2,450,379
2005 2,515,791
2006 2,596,292
2007 2,684,454
2008 2,752,001
2009 2,792,385
2010 2,820,000
2011 2,842,693
2012 2,861,582
2013 2,881,613
2014 2,906,635
2015 2,957,677
2016 3,032,586

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