Libya - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Libya was 4,956,188 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 4,956,188 in 2016 and a minimum value of 395,751 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 395,751
1961 422,411
1962 451,116
1963 482,119
1964 515,758
1965 583,535
1966 661,916
1967 748,526
1968 843,704
1969 947,351
1970 1,059,744
1971 1,180,739
1972 1,310,191
1973 1,446,980
1974 1,553,514
1975 1,660,751
1976 1,771,545
1977 1,885,646
1978 2,003,887
1979 2,127,329
1980 2,256,652
1981 2,392,023
1982 2,532,831
1983 2,676,858
1984 2,821,276
1985 2,922,768
1986 3,016,116
1987 3,105,292
1988 3,191,227
1989 3,275,646
1990 3,359,573
1991 3,443,529
1992 3,526,949
1993 3,608,599
1994 3,686,889
1995 3,760,790
1996 3,829,689
1997 3,894,753
1998 3,957,985
1999 4,022,024
2000 4,088,902
2001 4,158,823
2002 4,230,981
2003 4,304,908
2004 4,379,772
2005 4,454,577
2006 4,530,705
2007 4,607,627
2008 4,680,482
2009 4,742,531
2010 4,789,844
2011 4,819,287
2012 4,833,897
2013 4,843,390
2014 4,861,477
2015 4,897,807
2016 4,956,188

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