Mauritius - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Mauritius was 499,678 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 511,212 in 2005 and a minimum value of 218,753 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 218,753
1961 228,986
1962 238,840
1963 252,004
1964 265,267
1965 278,602
1966 292,049
1967 305,610
1968 319,317
1969 333,151
1970 347,184
1971 361,389
1972 375,755
1973 379,491
1974 383,371
1975 387,512
1976 391,829
1977 396,239
1978 399,416
1979 404,358
1980 409,127
1981 413,108
1982 416,035
1983 417,715
1984 425,254
1985 431,938
1986 438,482
1987 445,028
1988 451,399
1989 458,181
1990 464,802
1991 468,530
1992 473,391
1993 477,687
1994 483,053
1995 485,844
1996 489,444
1997 494,198
1998 498,006
1999 502,932
2000 506,439
2001 507,943
2002 508,952
2003 510,101
2004 510,746
2005 511,212
2006 511,022
2007 510,765
2008 510,027
2009 508,789
2010 507,400
2011 505,621
2012 504,412
2013 503,197
2014 502,028
2015 500,888
2016 499,678

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