Lesotho - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Lesotho was 613,544 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 613,544 in 2016 and a minimum value of 29,908 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 29,908
1961 34,312
1962 39,380
1963 45,193
1964 51,845
1965 59,436
1966 67,273
1967 72,135
1968 77,356
1969 82,945
1970 88,925
1971 95,312
1972 101,972
1973 108,879
1974 116,375
1975 124,522
1976 132,282
1977 136,481
1978 140,884
1979 145,412
1980 150,009
1981 154,659
1982 159,359
1983 164,034
1984 168,609
1985 173,012
1986 178,558
1987 189,066
1988 199,999
1989 211,581
1990 224,022
1991 237,446
1992 251,835
1993 267,008
1994 282,687
1995 298,638
1996 314,042
1997 326,769
1998 339,486
1999 352,303
2000 365,293
2001 378,455
2002 391,819
2003 405,428
2004 419,406
2005 433,754
2006 448,564
2007 461,734
2008 475,463
2009 489,840
2010 505,098
2011 521,264
2012 538,365
2013 556,252
2014 574,834
2015 593,939
2016 613,544

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