Kuwait - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Kuwait was 3,986,041 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 3,986,041 in 2016 and a minimum value of 201,925 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 201,925
1961 228,374
1962 259,338
1963 294,457
1964 333,133
1965 375,400
1966 423,643
1967 475,255
1968 529,320
1969 584,571
1970 639,688
1971 692,539
1972 745,146
1973 798,607
1974 854,640
1975 916,132
1976 988,403
1977 1,063,822
1978 1,141,669
1979 1,220,766
1980 1,300,697
1981 1,380,509
1982 1,457,118
1983 1,533,756
1984 1,615,282
1985 1,702,527
1986 1,797,859
1987 1,902,633
1988 1,997,006
1989 2,054,155
1990 2,057,077
1991 1,994,704
1995 1,579,131
1996 1,600,035
1997 1,682,226
1998 1,801,187
1999 1,919,862
2000 2,012,044
2001 2,069,868
2002 2,104,001
2003 2,129,141
2004 2,167,578
2005 2,235,348
2006 2,334,515
2007 2,458,774
2008 2,605,447
2009 2,769,551
2010 2,946,006
2011 3,136,133
2012 3,337,628
2013 3,537,572
2014 3,719,132
2015 3,870,539
2016 3,986,041

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