Russia - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Russia was 106,959,200 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 109,115,400 in 1992 and a minimum value of 64,421,860 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 64,421,860
1961 66,226,380
1962 68,060,070
1963 69,923,360
1964 71,815,170
1965 73,731,370
1966 75,267,300
1967 76,812,480
1968 78,366,300
1969 79,922,300
1970 81,464,680
1971 82,992,260
1972 84,524,650
1973 86,061,060
1974 87,600,780
1975 89,145,030
1976 90,810,670
1977 92,479,950
1978 94,157,480
1979 95,659,620
1980 96,960,860
1981 98,228,780
1982 99,464,700
1983 100,677,800
1984 102,058,400
1985 103,467,000
1986 104,825,000
1987 106,170,000
1988 107,471,400
1989 108,424,300
1990 108,837,400
1991 109,073,700
1992 109,115,400
1993 108,985,500
1994 108,843,000
1995 108,866,200
1996 108,700,600
1997 108,515,100
1998 108,329,700
1999 107,987,600
2000 107,528,600
2001 107,067,600
2002 106,568,900
2003 106,132,800
2004 105,771,200
2005 105,433,000
2006 105,152,800
2007 105,037,400
2008 105,055,500
2009 105,150,000
2010 105,261,500
2011 105,407,900
2012 105,662,800
2013 105,981,300
2014 106,317,200
2015 106,643,200
2016 106,959,200

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