Lithuania - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Lithuania was 1,910,423 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 2,501,142 in 1991 and a minimum value of 1,096,416 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 1,096,416
1961 1,141,928
1962 1,186,429
1963 1,230,140
1964 1,275,080
1965 1,320,810
1966 1,367,610
1967 1,415,159
1968 1,462,669
1969 1,507,983
1970 1,555,873
1971 1,612,378
1972 1,670,055
1973 1,726,365
1974 1,782,668
1975 1,838,525
1976 1,894,509
1977 1,950,350
1978 2,005,471
1979 2,050,971
1980 2,087,446
1981 2,126,573
1982 2,168,688
1983 2,213,306
1984 2,258,826
1985 2,305,300
1986 2,354,675
1987 2,406,331
1988 2,459,117
1989 2,492,104
1990 2,499,110
1991 2,501,142
1992 2,496,245
1993 2,482,228
1994 2,462,904
1995 2,441,841
1996 2,421,184
1997 2,401,277
1998 2,381,814
1999 2,362,861
2000 2,344,199
2001 2,322,637
2002 2,300,933
2003 2,279,211
2004 2,250,685
2005 2,213,967
2006 2,181,225
2007 2,157,761
2008 2,137,953
2009 2,114,156
2010 2,067,653
2011 2,018,905
2012 1,989,976
2013 1,968,460
2014 1,950,669
2015 1,931,998
2016 1,910,423

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