Jordan - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Jordan was 7,933,891 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 7,933,891 in 2016 and a minimum value of 474,323 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 474,323
1961 510,012
1962 537,329
1963 562,059
1964 593,841
1965 636,249
1966 691,257
1967 757,013
1968 828,505
1969 898,627
1970 962,093
1971 1,017,263
1972 1,065,614
1973 1,108,618
1974 1,149,070
1975 1,189,272
1976 1,229,301
1977 1,269,035
1978 1,310,567
1979 1,356,337
1980 1,425,342
1981 1,512,748
1982 1,609,602
1983 1,714,596
1984 1,825,407
1985 1,940,194
1986 2,057,170
1987 2,177,218
1988 2,305,104
1989 2,447,642
1990 2,609,586
1991 2,794,619
1992 2,999,402
1993 3,212,456
1994 3,417,414
1995 3,583,556
1996 3,709,899
1997 3,815,123
1998 3,904,828
1999 3,988,098
2000 4,072,706
2001 4,159,304
2002 4,249,237
2003 4,351,851
2004 4,478,795
2005 4,638,544
2006 4,832,957
2007 5,060,085
2008 5,319,318
2009 5,608,322
2010 5,923,533
2011 6,266,296
2012 6,631,438
2013 7,000,928
2014 7,351,102
2015 7,664,412
2016 7,933,891

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