Mozambique - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Mozambique was 9,371,886 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 9,371,886 in 2016 and a minimum value of 352,367 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 352,367
1961 373,220
1962 396,044
1963 420,228
1964 446,068
1965 473,400
1966 502,552
1967 533,556
1968 566,632
1969 601,763
1970 639,383
1971 690,104
1972 754,611
1973 825,222
1974 903,127
1975 989,244
1976 1,084,559
1977 1,189,064
1978 1,302,974
1979 1,425,422
1980 1,555,804
1981 1,704,818
1982 1,865,730
1983 2,034,600
1984 2,207,251
1985 2,379,522
1986 2,547,049
1987 2,710,292
1988 2,880,326
1989 3,074,886
1990 3,311,912
1991 3,464,185
1992 3,655,706
1993 3,875,730
1994 4,106,167
1995 4,332,973
1996 4,551,617
1997 4,765,731
1998 4,925,453
1999 5,085,544
2000 5,257,336
2001 5,442,231
2002 5,637,969
2003 5,843,408
2004 6,056,842
2005 6,276,712
2006 6,503,455
2007 6,737,282
2008 6,979,228
2009 7,232,473
2010 7,497,736
2011 7,775,732
2012 8,066,819
2013 8,371,501
2014 8,690,002
2015 9,023,364
2016 9,371,886

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