Niger - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Niger was 3,929,935 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 3,929,935 in 2016 and a minimum value of 196,311 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 196,311
1961 205,552
1962 215,289
1963 231,199
1964 248,274
1965 266,500
1966 285,971
1967 310,540
1968 337,092
1969 365,728
1970 396,652
1971 429,973
1972 465,937
1973 504,711
1974 546,659
1975 592,054
1976 641,310
1977 694,492
1978 736,219
1979 769,963
1980 805,088
1981 841,757
1982 880,029
1983 920,062
1984 961,816
1985 1,005,299
1986 1,050,645
1987 1,098,083
1988 1,146,797
1989 1,187,802
1990 1,231,416
1991 1,278,092
1992 1,327,640
1993 1,380,301
1994 1,436,003
1995 1,494,860
1996 1,556,955
1997 1,622,396
1998 1,691,159
1999 1,762,929
2000 1,837,592
2001 1,915,300
2002 1,997,512
2003 2,084,713
2004 2,177,771
2005 2,277,005
2006 2,383,090
2007 2,496,258
2008 2,617,022
2009 2,746,244
2010 2,884,167
2011 3,031,703
2012 3,189,212
2013 3,357,285
2014 3,536,485
2015 3,727,099
2016 3,929,935

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