Paraguay - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Paraguay was 4,030,074 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 4,030,074 in 2016 and a minimum value of 676,834 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 676,834
1961 696,752
1962 717,329
1963 739,480
1964 762,744
1965 786,784
1966 811,649
1967 837,323
1968 863,603
1969 890,237
1970 917,027
1971 943,914
1972 971,077
1973 1,008,220
1974 1,047,113
1975 1,087,945
1976 1,130,840
1977 1,175,794
1978 1,223,148
1979 1,273,101
1980 1,325,941
1981 1,381,699
1982 1,440,451
1983 1,508,036
1984 1,578,623
1985 1,651,697
1986 1,727,269
1987 1,805,290
1988 1,885,604
1989 1,967,784
1990 2,051,840
1991 2,137,451
1992 2,224,613
1993 2,309,285
1994 2,394,823
1995 2,481,879
1996 2,570,460
1997 2,660,201
1998 2,750,976
1999 2,842,361
2000 2,934,037
2001 3,025,871
2002 3,117,874
2003 3,190,531
2004 3,258,090
2005 3,323,716
2006 3,387,196
2007 3,448,798
2008 3,509,384
2009 3,570,078
2010 3,631,971
2011 3,695,332
2012 3,759,912
2013 3,826,037
2014 3,893,283
2015 3,961,297
2016 4,030,074

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