Oman - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Oman was 3,455,208 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 3,455,208 in 2016 and a minimum value of 90,485 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 90,485
1961 98,715
1962 107,702
1963 117,478
1964 128,110
1965 139,615
1966 152,116
1967 165,729
1968 180,603
1969 196,855
1970 214,731
1971 234,331
1972 255,880
1973 279,776
1974 306,663
1975 337,055
1976 371,337
1977 409,584
1978 451,974
1979 498,475
1980 549,046
1981 603,837
1982 662,924
1983 725,383
1984 789,912
1985 855,281
1986 920,225
1987 984,602
1988 1,050,400
1989 1,120,715
1990 1,197,874
1991 1,283,901
1992 1,377,326
1993 1,472,111
1994 1,540,165
1995 1,579,788
1996 1,602,549
1997 1,611,490
1998 1,612,545
1999 1,614,273
2000 1,623,178
2001 1,641,897
2002 1,669,691
2003 1,705,672
2004 1,755,991
2005 1,818,159
2006 1,884,731
2007 1,957,849
2008 2,043,878
2009 2,151,367
2010 2,285,992
2011 2,450,321
2012 2,640,197
2013 2,846,669
2014 3,056,963
2015 3,260,774
2016 3,455,208

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