Morocco - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Morocco was 21,407,720 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 21,407,720 in 2016 and a minimum value of 3,619,287 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 3,619,287
1961 3,793,971
1962 3,973,623
1963 4,157,495
1964 4,344,630
1965 4,533,658
1966 4,724,868
1967 4,918,216
1968 5,114,092
1969 5,313,202
1970 5,516,323
1971 5,723,481
1972 5,955,942
1973 6,197,201
1974 6,449,328
1975 6,714,487
1976 6,993,840
1977 7,286,872
1978 7,594,142
1979 7,915,446
1980 8,250,179
1981 8,598,463
1982 8,960,310
1983 9,331,960
1984 9,710,432
1985 10,092,010
1986 10,475,430
1987 10,860,430
1988 11,248,400
1989 11,640,610
1990 12,039,260
1991 12,444,710
1992 12,855,510
1993 13,268,000
1994 13,678,860
1995 13,995,730
1996 14,285,560
1997 14,566,860
1998 14,842,170
1999 15,114,840
2000 15,386,950
2001 15,659,560
2002 15,933,730
2003 16,210,330
2004 16,491,170
2005 16,825,040
2006 17,175,700
2007 17,534,270
2008 17,904,360
2009 18,290,220
2010 18,695,180
2011 19,120,880
2012 19,565,930
2013 20,024,260
2014 20,487,550
2015 20,949,860
2016 21,407,720

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