Luxembourg - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Luxembourg was 527,193 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 527,193 in 2016 and a minimum value of 218,385 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 218,385
1961 221,560
1962 225,946
1963 229,959
1964 234,207
1965 238,541
1966 241,914
1967 244,349
1968 246,598
1969 249,419
1970 252,255
1971 256,528
1972 261,780
1973 266,787
1974 272,384
1975 277,458
1976 280,890
1977 283,399
1978 285,895
1979 288,518
1980 291,473
1981 293,802
1982 294,251
1983 294,534
1984 295,042
1985 295,818
1986 297,355
1987 299,492
1988 301,882
1989 305,040
1990 309,096
1991 313,973
1992 319,732
1993 325,361
1994 332,341
1995 338,722
1996 343,082
1997 347,217
1998 352,047
1999 359,223
2000 367,434
2001 374,603
2002 380,583
2003 387,241
2004 394,773
2005 402,818
2006 411,237
2007 419,557
2008 429,035
2009 438,935
2010 448,892
2011 460,842
2012 473,853
2013 486,677
2014 499,975
2015 513,555
2016 527,193

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