Papua New Guinea - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Papua New Guinea was 1,054,202 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 1,054,202 in 2016 and a minimum value of 74,898 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 74,898
1961 82,570
1962 91,056
1963 100,419
1964 110,826
1965 122,320
1966 135,103
1967 157,395
1968 183,274
1969 213,159
1970 247,602
1971 287,211
1972 300,563
1973 314,093
1974 328,339
1975 343,364
1976 359,228
1977 375,884
1978 393,442
1979 411,856
1980 431,135
1981 450,025
1982 469,335
1983 489,360
1984 509,999
1985 531,185
1986 552,938
1987 575,269
1988 598,255
1989 622,058
1990 646,700
1991 655,313
1992 663,501
1993 671,861
1994 680,384
1995 689,163
1996 698,169
1997 707,460
1998 716,902
1999 726,327
2000 735,756
2001 753,503
2002 771,715
2003 790,170
2004 808,822
2005 827,795
2006 847,023
2007 866,468
2008 886,067
2009 905,739
2010 925,422
2011 945,015
2012 964,671
2013 985,326
2014 1,007,089
2015 1,029,973
2016 1,054,202

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