Philippines - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Philippines was 45,759,490 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 45,759,490 in 2016 and a minimum value of 7,959,938 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 7,959,938
1961 8,300,149
1962 8,653,512
1963 9,017,542
1964 9,390,365
1965 9,770,039
1966 10,155,870
1967 10,548,830
1968 10,951,260
1969 11,365,800
1970 11,808,040
1971 12,342,520
1972 12,899,190
1973 13,476,880
1974 14,076,180
1975 14,684,550
1976 15,250,790
1977 15,834,160
1978 16,436,760
1979 17,060,800
1980 17,764,860
1981 18,790,090
1982 19,864,680
1983 20,987,990
1984 22,162,130
1985 23,384,160
1986 24,657,030
1987 25,980,700
1988 27,353,020
1989 28,768,270
1990 30,100,220
1991 30,820,660
1992 31,542,090
1993 32,265,380
1994 32,992,220
1995 33,723,670
1996 34,458,460
1997 35,195,300
1998 35,935,140
1999 36,679,360
2000 37,400,860
2001 37,987,610
2002 38,572,260
2003 39,143,750
2004 39,690,500
2005 40,206,380
2006 40,684,740
2007 41,131,260
2008 41,558,000
2009 41,982,630
2010 42,415,980
2011 42,891,270
2012 43,405,940
2013 43,955,040
2014 44,533,490
2015 45,134,600
2016 45,759,490

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