Macao SAR, China - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Macao SAR, China was 612,167 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 612,167 in 2016 and a minimum value of 159,891 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 159,891
1961 162,501
1962 168,358
1963 176,462
1964 185,782
1965 195,461
1966 205,446
1967 215,699
1968 225,350
1969 233,321
1970 238,888
1971 241,794
1972 242,292
1973 240,954
1974 238,758
1975 236,532
1976 234,387
1977 232,361
1978 231,186
1979 231,735
1980 234,591
1981 240,153
1982 248,428
1983 258,606
1984 269,937
1985 281,814
1986 294,157
1987 306,968
1988 319,757
1989 331,942
1990 343,120
1991 353,074
1992 361,875
1993 369,852
1994 377,548
1995 385,339
1996 393,488
1997 401,564
1998 409,837
1999 418,604
2000 427,979
2001 438,081
2002 448,896
2003 460,147
2004 471,453
2005 482,559
2006 493,320
2007 503,823
2008 514,348
2009 525,313
2010 536,969
2011 549,439
2012 562,531
2013 575,841
2014 588,781
2015 600,942
2016 612,167

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