Nicaragua - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Nicaragua was 3,635,038 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 3,635,038 in 2016 and a minimum value of 702,444 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 702,444
1961 732,709
1962 763,699
1963 796,969
1964 837,987
1965 880,887
1966 925,861
1967 972,899
1968 1,022,164
1969 1,073,746
1970 1,127,825
1971 1,181,361
1972 1,224,325
1973 1,268,920
1974 1,315,165
1975 1,363,050
1976 1,412,573
1977 1,463,618
1978 1,515,915
1979 1,569,111
1980 1,622,940
1981 1,677,251
1982 1,732,123
1983 1,787,183
1984 1,842,127
1985 1,896,755
1986 1,950,780
1987 2,004,298
1988 2,057,961
1989 2,112,712
1990 2,169,141
1991 2,227,583
1992 2,287,651
1993 2,348,566
1994 2,409,320
1995 2,469,110
1996 2,527,844
1997 2,585,551
1998 2,642,064
1999 2,697,367
2000 2,751,517
2001 2,804,188
2002 2,855,625
2003 2,906,329
2004 2,957,239
2005 3,008,820
2006 3,061,983
2007 3,116,511
2008 3,172,141
2009 3,228,478
2010 3,285,133
2011 3,342,052
2012 3,399,378
2013 3,457,214
2014 3,515,723
2015 3,574,959
2016 3,635,038

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