Qatar - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Qatar was 2,552,252 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 2,552,252 in 2016 and a minimum value of 40,407 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 40,407
1961 44,064
1962 48,443
1963 53,385
1964 58,635
1965 64,100
1966 69,722
1967 75,584
1968 81,875
1969 88,873
1970 96,760
1971 105,810
1972 115,755
1973 126,246
1974 136,538
1975 146,178
1976 154,688
1977 162,484
1978 171,222
1979 183,160
1980 199,972
1981 222,124
1982 248,722
1983 277,946
1984 307,159
1985 334,344
1986 359,731
1987 384,567
1988 406,830
1989 426,061
1990 442,074
1991 454,785
1992 464,612
1993 472,490
1994 479,783
1995 487,772
1996 498,048
1997 511,401
1998 527,796
1999 547,267
2000 570,418
2001 595,332
2002 624,301
2003 667,019
2004 736,886
2005 842,800
2006 987,689
2007 1,166,114
2008 1,365,181
2009 1,566,441
2010 1,755,739
2011 1,928,864
2012 2,087,333
2013 2,229,341
2014 2,354,450
2015 2,462,779
2016 2,552,252

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