Israel - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Israel was 7,880,854 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 7,880,854 in 2016 and a minimum value of 1,624,582 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 1,624,582
1961 1,703,972
1962 1,805,829
1963 1,891,353
1964 1,985,742
1965 2,074,492
1966 2,146,053
1967 2,259,135
1968 2,325,145
1969 2,404,654
1970 2,503,959
1971 2,602,174
1972 2,686,849
1973 2,812,295
1974 2,911,784
1975 2,993,516
1976 3,075,582
1977 3,159,569
1978 3,241,222
1979 3,339,820
1980 3,435,249
1981 3,518,466
1982 3,599,159
1983 3,678,408
1984 3,731,413
1985 3,802,419
1986 3,866,349
1987 3,934,022
1988 4,004,463
1989 4,077,721
1990 4,210,729
1991 4,477,014
1992 4,639,645
1993 4,769,938
1994 4,900,510
1995 5,038,520
1996 5,176,476
1997 5,311,285
1998 5,438,029
1999 5,582,264
2000 5,735,757
2001 5,876,682
2002 6,000,381
2003 6,113,918
2004 6,227,239
2005 6,342,289
2006 6,459,778
2007 6,579,915
2008 6,702,316
2009 6,869,011
2010 7,000,294
2011 7,135,683
2012 7,273,626
2013 7,415,707
2014 7,564,688
2015 7,721,424
2016 7,880,854

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