Pakistan - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Pakistan was 75,782,130 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 75,782,130 in 2016 and a minimum value of 9,926,529 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 9,926,529
1961 10,347,060
1962 10,720,130
1963 11,112,110
1964 11,523,790
1965 11,954,220
1966 12,405,300
1967 12,876,830
1968 13,369,250
1969 13,882,300
1970 14,416,380
1971 14,971,920
1972 15,551,090
1973 16,188,000
1974 16,869,660
1975 17,592,600
1976 18,360,060
1977 19,171,800
1978 20,031,990
1979 20,943,580
1980 21,910,600
1981 22,901,790
1982 23,881,370
1983 24,904,640
1984 25,966,520
1985 27,060,890
1986 28,186,850
1987 29,342,980
1988 30,523,630
1989 31,718,550
1990 32,923,810
1991 34,133,760
1992 35,349,200
1993 36,576,470
1994 37,825,620
1995 39,103,890
1996 40,416,130
1997 41,757,060
1998 43,121,180
1999 44,513,230
2000 45,927,400
2001 47,360,020
2002 48,820,770
2003 50,315,160
2004 51,856,360
2005 53,452,830
2006 55,108,570
2007 56,825,210
2008 58,610,950
2009 60,473,620
2010 62,421,620
2011 64,460,370
2012 66,588,730
2013 68,796,380
2014 71,069,780
2015 73,400,100
2016 75,782,130

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