Kiribati - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Kiribati was 50,845 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 50,845 in 2016 and a minimum value of 6,717 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 6,717
1961 7,149
1962 7,606
1963 8,089
1964 8,594
1965 9,116
1966 9,658
1967 10,219
1968 10,798
1969 11,503
1970 12,328
1971 13,187
1972 14,080
1973 15,008
1974 15,748
1975 16,333
1976 16,940
1977 17,568
1978 18,219
1979 18,743
1980 19,157
1981 19,562
1982 19,971
1983 20,403
1984 20,891
1985 21,467
1986 22,163
1987 22,947
1988 23,773
1989 24,585
1990 25,335
1991 25,995
1992 26,584
1993 27,137
1994 27,696
1995 28,301
1996 29,500
1997 31,073
1998 32,733
1999 34,464
2000 36,259
2001 37,325
2002 37,987
2003 38,680
2004 39,415
2005 40,208
2006 41,070
2007 41,994
2008 42,966
2009 43,952
2010 44,934
2011 45,897
2012 46,854
2013 47,815
2014 48,793
2015 49,801
2016 50,845

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