Palau - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Palau was 18,844 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 18,844 in 2016 and a minimum value of 5,479 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 5,479
1961 5,654
1962 5,827
1963 5,988
1964 6,143
1965 6,283
1966 6,411
1967 6,521
1968 6,627
1969 6,734
1970 6,855
1971 6,993
1972 7,145
1973 7,296
1974 7,422
1975 7,507
1976 7,546
1977 7,543
1978 7,533
1979 7,549
1980 7,626
1981 7,854
1982 8,158
1983 8,513
1984 8,880
1985 9,228
1986 9,536
1987 9,760
1988 9,982
1989 10,218
1990 10,500
1991 10,827
1992 11,179
1993 11,554
1994 11,944
1995 12,324
1996 12,589
1997 12,819
1998 13,023
1999 13,191
2000 13,415
2001 13,898
2002 14,335
2003 14,732
2004 15,106
2005 15,467
2006 15,814
2007 16,141
2008 16,459
2009 16,763
2010 17,063
2011 17,351
2012 17,652
2013 17,944
2014 18,236
2015 18,536
2016 18,844

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