Lebanon - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Lebanon was 5,280,702 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 5,280,702 in 2016 and a minimum value of 764,260 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 764,260
1961 821,153
1962 880,852
1963 942,369
1964 1,004,417
1965 1,065,737
1966 1,125,238
1967 1,182,811
1968 1,240,370
1969 1,300,758
1970 1,366,372
1971 1,437,081
1972 1,512,393
1973 1,589,254
1974 1,661,765
1975 1,725,146
1976 1,776,936
1977 1,818,074
1978 1,852,033
1979 1,884,336
1980 1,919,371
1981 1,959,168
1982 2,002,872
1983 2,047,858
1984 2,089,847
1985 2,125,796
1986 2,153,979
1987 2,176,378
1988 2,198,914
1989 2,215,239
1990 2,246,747
1991 2,297,535
1992 2,365,228
1993 2,441,272
1994 2,513,303
1995 2,572,925
1996 2,614,677
1997 2,642,965
1998 2,670,836
1999 2,711,085
2000 2,782,415
2001 2,893,343
2002 3,037,778
2003 3,196,140
2004 3,340,412
2005 3,451,976
2006 3,517,844
2007 3,547,952
2008 3,574,226
2009 3,641,939
2010 3,781,250
2011 4,005,829
2012 4,298,215
2013 4,619,122
2014 4,912,395
2015 5,137,130
2016 5,280,702

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