Lao PDR - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Lao PDR was 2,679,957 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 2,679,957 in 2016 and a minimum value of 168,526 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 168,526
1961 174,062
1962 179,800
1963 185,733
1964 191,896
1965 198,303
1966 204,892
1967 217,032
1968 229,963
1969 243,805
1970 258,761
1971 274,983
1972 292,465
1973 309,357
1974 324,131
1975 338,145
1976 351,145
1977 363,256
1978 375,286
1979 388,311
1980 403,260
1981 420,407
1982 439,781
1983 461,166
1984 484,305
1985 509,077
1986 535,643
1987 563,866
1988 593,637
1989 624,817
1990 657,380
1991 691,263
1992 726,366
1993 762,379
1994 798,944
1995 843,167
1996 903,892
1997 966,806
1998 1,032,161
1999 1,100,198
2000 1,171,221
2001 1,244,972
2002 1,321,764
2003 1,401,944
2004 1,486,506
2005 1,575,798
2006 1,669,231
2007 1,766,373
2008 1,866,435
2009 1,967,729
2010 2,068,953
2011 2,169,346
2012 2,268,917
2013 2,368,500
2014 2,469,503
2015 2,573,224
2016 2,679,957

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