New Caledonia - Urban population

The value for Urban population in New Caledonia was 196,652 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 196,652 in 2016 and a minimum value of 29,514 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 29,514
1961 31,490
1962 33,547
1963 35,723
1964 38,025
1965 40,405
1966 43,143
1967 45,978
1968 48,910
1969 52,460
1970 57,380
1971 62,426
1972 66,278
1973 68,872
1974 71,240
1975 73,094
1976 74,870
1977 76,516
1978 77,895
1979 78,999
1980 80,425
1981 82,469
1982 84,793
1983 87,037
1984 88,993
1985 90,869
1986 92,813
1987 94,912
1988 97,022
1989 99,182
1990 101,748
1991 104,600
1992 107,446
1993 110,456
1994 113,649
1995 116,464
1996 118,934
1997 122,053
1998 125,204
1999 128,430
2000 131,733
2001 135,113
2002 138,566
2003 141,635
2004 144,406
2005 147,759
2006 151,899
2007 155,428
2008 159,645
2009 163,229
2010 168,183
2011 172,469
2012 177,438
2013 181,722
2014 186,697
2015 191,673
2016 196,652

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