Jamaica - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Jamaica was 1,585,610 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 1,585,610 in 2016 and a minimum value of 549,844 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 549,844
1961 569,528
1962 590,694
1963 612,967
1964 635,781
1965 658,582
1966 681,218
1967 703,844
1968 726,876
1969 750,788
1970 774,982
1971 796,983
1972 820,270
1973 844,363
1974 868,585
1975 892,468
1976 915,684
1977 938,323
1978 961,130
1979 985,111
1980 1,010,986
1981 1,039,149
1982 1,068,777
1983 1,091,723
1984 1,113,374
1985 1,132,462
1986 1,148,457
1987 1,161,850
1988 1,173,693
1989 1,185,561
1990 1,198,642
1991 1,213,438
1992 1,230,117
1993 1,247,776
1994 1,265,948
1995 1,284,325
1996 1,302,902
1997 1,321,739
1998 1,340,545
1999 1,358,914
2000 1,376,628
2001 1,393,465
2002 1,408,397
2003 1,422,359
2004 1,436,019
2005 1,449,489
2006 1,462,893
2007 1,476,104
2008 1,489,116
2009 1,501,782
2010 1,514,053
2011 1,525,946
2012 1,537,744
2013 1,549,558
2014 1,561,440
2015 1,573,475
2016 1,585,610

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