Liechtenstein - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Liechtenstein was 5,380 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 5,380 in 2016 and a minimum value of 3,371 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 3,371
1961 3,432
1962 3,476
1963 3,524
1964 3,576
1965 3,631
1966 3,690
1967 3,753
1968 3,815
1969 3,874
1970 3,924
1971 3,990
1972 4,066
1973 4,139
1974 4,213
1975 4,294
1976 4,382
1977 4,473
1978 4,567
1979 4,653
1980 4,727
1981 4,769
1982 4,784
1983 4,791
1984 4,797
1985 4,802
1986 4,811
1987 4,821
1988 4,833
1989 4,847
1990 4,866
1991 4,896
1992 4,937
1993 4,982
1994 5,030
1995 5,082
1996 5,103
1997 5,092
1998 5,080
1999 5,062
2000 5,036
2001 5,038
2002 5,071
2003 5,097
2004 5,118
2005 5,137
2006 5,153
2007 5,167
2008 5,180
2009 5,193
2010 5,207
2011 5,226
2012 5,250
2013 5,278
2014 5,311
2015 5,345
2016 5,380

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