Nauru - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Nauru was 13,049 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 13,049 in 2016 and a minimum value of 4,433 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 4,433
1961 4,675
1962 4,947
1963 5,231
1964 5,500
1965 5,738
1966 5,936
1967 6,102
1968 6,241
1969 6,368
1970 6,493
1971 6,619
1972 6,743
1973 6,862
1974 6,972
1975 7,070
1976 7,156
1977 7,235
1978 7,311
1979 7,393
1980 7,488
1981 7,597
1982 7,719
1983 7,855
1984 8,007
1985 8,174
1986 8,356
1987 8,550
1988 8,752
1989 8,956
1990 9,157
1991 9,354
1992 9,544
1993 9,719
1994 9,863
1995 9,970
1996 10,033
1997 10,056
1998 10,054
1999 10,044
2000 10,042
2001 10,053
2002 10,073
2003 10,096
2004 10,113
2005 10,115
2006 10,101
2007 10,075
2008 10,047
2009 10,028
2010 10,025
2011 10,057
2012 10,279
2013 10,821
2014 11,853
2015 12,475
2016 13,049

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