Liberia - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Liberia was 2,311,525 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 2,311,525 in 2016 and a minimum value of 208,737 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 208,737
1961 220,879
1962 233,733
1963 247,325
1964 261,740
1965 277,007
1966 293,200
1967 310,379
1968 328,638
1969 348,017
1970 368,652
1971 390,598
1972 413,952
1973 438,784
1974 465,317
1975 493,711
1976 523,614
1977 554,892
1978 588,216
1979 624,446
1980 664,063
1981 707,875
1982 755,300
1983 803,186
1984 860,052
1985 929,051
1986 989,856
1987 1,042,204
1988 1,086,767
1989 1,125,744
1990 1,162,328
1991 1,194,955
1992 1,112,885
1993 1,040,309
1994 985,931
1995 952,972
1996 941,418
1997 1,021,311
1998 1,113,437
1999 1,202,860
2000 1,278,737
2001 1,336,228
2002 1,378,809
2003 1,413,554
2004 1,451,812
2005 1,501,829
2006 1,566,254
2007 1,642,015
2008 1,724,830
2009 1,808,227
2010 1,887,243
2011 1,960,518
2012 2,029,772
2013 2,096,896
2014 2,164,985
2015 2,236,357
2016 2,311,525

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