Mauritania - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Mauritania was 2,599,793 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 2,599,793 in 2016 and a minimum value of 59,042 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 59,042
1961 65,667
1962 73,016
1963 81,162
1964 90,178
1965 100,130
1966 111,119
1967 123,244
1968 136,596
1969 151,234
1970 167,327
1971 184,967
1972 204,285
1973 225,334
1974 248,309
1975 273,297
1976 300,467
1977 328,313
1978 356,701
1979 387,184
1980 419,894
1981 454,892
1982 492,331
1983 532,222
1984 574,596
1985 619,374
1986 666,722
1987 716,678
1988 765,009
1989 801,300
1990 838,955
1991 877,953
1992 918,402
1993 960,693
1994 1,005,465
1995 1,053,095
1996 1,103,907
1997 1,157,820
1998 1,214,526
1999 1,273,445
2000 1,334,197
2001 1,396,565
2002 1,460,519
2003 1,526,168
2004 1,593,679
2005 1,663,258
2006 1,734,837
2007 1,808,450
2008 1,884,472
2009 1,963,521
2010 2,045,961
2011 2,132,011
2012 2,221,539
2013 2,313,876
2014 2,408,076
2015 2,503,507
2016 2,599,793

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