Namibia - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Namibia was 1,180,963 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 1,180,963 in 2016 and a minimum value of 107,910 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 107,910
1961 113,172
1962 118,610
1963 124,348
1964 130,395
1965 136,749
1966 143,416
1967 150,414
1968 157,812
1969 165,721
1970 173,963
1971 181,410
1972 189,353
1973 197,593
1974 205,875
1975 214,003
1976 221,942
1977 229,800
1978 237,645
1979 245,606
1980 253,836
1981 262,238
1982 270,546
1983 279,578
1984 290,150
1985 302,761
1986 317,746
1987 334,885
1988 353,512
1989 372,554
1990 391,247
1991 409,220
1992 428,928
1993 449,634
1994 471,025
1995 493,512
1996 517,339
1997 542,175
1998 567,341
1999 591,805
2000 614,846
2001 636,114
2002 662,539
2003 689,506
2004 716,611
2005 744,434
2006 773,162
2007 802,806
2008 834,061
2009 867,660
2010 904,386
2011 944,674
2012 988,569
2013 1,034,998
2014 1,083,022
2015 1,131,767
2016 1,180,963

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