Mexico - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Mexico was 101,416,300 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 101,416,300 in 2016 and a minimum value of 19,374,510 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 19,374,510
1961 20,323,430
1962 21,311,770
1963 22,339,280
1964 23,405,970
1965 24,511,880
1966 25,656,220
1967 26,839,110
1968 28,070,540
1969 29,361,090
1970 30,708,540
1971 32,112,520
1972 33,582,030
1973 35,100,970
1974 36,647,680
1975 38,202,910
1976 39,760,450
1977 41,319,710
1978 42,882,080
1979 44,448,700
1980 46,013,310
1981 47,472,480
1982 48,931,200
1983 50,393,550
1984 51,861,970
1985 53,340,210
1986 54,826,860
1987 56,322,350
1988 57,837,970
1989 59,388,680
1990 60,961,740
1991 62,531,280
1992 64,142,030
1993 65,774,120
1994 67,401,020
1995 68,999,360
1996 70,492,940
1997 71,919,420
1998 73,311,690
1999 74,664,750
2000 76,006,980
2001 77,346,680
2002 78,647,600
2003 79,950,810
2004 81,313,430
2005 82,772,990
2006 84,349,480
2007 86,027,870
2008 87,777,610
2009 89,547,740
2010 91,303,460
2011 93,030,740
2012 94,737,850
2013 96,424,780
2014 98,099,040
2015 99,763,540
2016 101,416,300

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