Mali - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Mali was 7,320,840 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 7,320,840 in 2016 and a minimum value of 582,485 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 582,485
1961 604,663
1962 627,575
1963 651,361
1964 676,191
1965 702,074
1966 729,167
1967 757,441
1968 787,292
1969 818,898
1970 852,498
1971 888,365
1972 926,545
1973 966,831
1974 1,009,065
1975 1,052,981
1976 1,098,429
1977 1,146,679
1978 1,198,209
1979 1,252,671
1980 1,310,539
1981 1,372,347
1982 1,438,081
1983 1,506,636
1984 1,576,278
1985 1,645,715
1986 1,714,179
1987 1,780,474
1988 1,839,191
1989 1,902,800
1990 1,974,251
1991 2,055,059
1992 2,144,878
1993 2,242,131
1994 2,344,800
1995 2,450,960
1996 2,560,306
1997 2,673,560
1998 2,797,427
1999 2,948,093
2000 3,109,998
2001 3,283,515
2002 3,469,099
2003 3,667,206
2004 3,878,667
2005 4,103,283
2006 4,342,710
2007 4,596,645
2008 4,863,970
2009 5,141,522
2010 5,426,428
2011 5,717,374
2012 6,015,147
2013 6,321,385
2014 6,639,767
2015 6,972,489
2016 7,320,840

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