Myanmar - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Myanmar was 18,324,730 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 18,324,730 in 2016 and a minimum value of 4,034,792 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 4,034,792
1961 4,194,564
1962 4,359,896
1963 4,532,324
1964 4,713,727
1965 4,905,357
1966 5,108,251
1967 5,322,072
1968 5,546,529
1969 5,780,313
1970 6,022,881
1971 6,273,850
1972 6,534,175
1973 6,775,865
1974 6,941,402
1975 7,110,089
1976 7,282,341
1977 7,456,574
1978 7,634,037
1979 7,814,940
1980 7,999,721
1981 8,187,246
1982 8,377,851
1983 8,568,577
1984 8,763,474
1985 8,961,640
1986 9,162,520
1987 9,366,272
1988 9,572,086
1989 9,777,632
1990 9,981,870
1991 10,183,850
1992 10,384,490
1993 10,588,750
1994 10,804,480
1995 11,036,450
1996 11,286,850
1997 11,555,230
1998 11,837,950
1999 12,131,250
2000 12,431,020
2001 12,737,840
2002 13,052,660
2003 13,373,550
2004 13,698,600
2005 14,026,020
2006 14,354,030
2007 14,685,090
2008 15,023,540
2009 15,378,950
2010 15,751,460
2011 16,144,110
2012 16,554,810
2013 16,981,510
2014 17,421,080
2015 17,868,600
2016 18,324,730

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