Panama - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Panama was 2,698,624 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 2,698,624 in 2016 and a minimum value of 467,319 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 467,319
1961 488,439
1962 510,936
1963 534,391
1964 558,805
1965 584,101
1966 610,295
1967 637,412
1968 665,466
1969 694,506
1970 723,794
1971 749,029
1972 774,960
1973 801,482
1974 828,471
1975 855,814
1976 883,527
1977 911,557
1978 939,977
1979 968,765
1980 998,133
1981 1,028,957
1982 1,060,273
1983 1,092,056
1984 1,124,380
1985 1,157,197
1986 1,190,593
1987 1,224,543
1988 1,259,134
1989 1,294,355
1990 1,331,948
1991 1,381,618
1992 1,432,498
1993 1,484,592
1994 1,538,064
1995 1,592,906
1996 1,649,228
1997 1,706,856
1998 1,765,803
1999 1,825,830
2000 1,884,815
2001 1,930,867
2002 1,977,392
2003 2,024,443
2004 2,072,137
2005 2,120,474
2006 2,169,462
2007 2,219,106
2008 2,269,399
2009 2,320,444
2010 2,372,284
2011 2,425,075
2012 2,478,745
2013 2,533,155
2014 2,588,030
2015 2,643,202
2016 2,698,624

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