Rwanda - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Rwanda was 3,548,438 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 3,548,438 in 2016 and a minimum value of 76,269 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 76,269
1961 79,516
1962 82,671
1963 85,828
1964 89,287
1965 93,173
1966 97,647
1967 102,652
1968 108,146
1969 113,914
1970 119,920
1971 129,048
1972 139,071
1973 149,817
1974 161,506
1975 174,276
1976 188,169
1977 203,287
1978 219,770
1979 231,314
1980 242,693
1981 254,377
1982 266,397
1983 279,142
1984 293,389
1985 309,494
1986 328,521
1987 349,936
1988 370,490
1989 385,480
1990 391,891
1991 387,212
1992 421,412
1993 460,712
1994 509,833
1995 583,145
1996 695,539
1997 813,080
1998 935,002
1999 1,067,913
2000 1,197,916
2001 1,318,462
2002 1,432,119
2003 1,527,567
2004 1,624,885
2005 1,733,786
2006 1,856,783
2007 1,991,985
2008 2,139,001
2009 2,293,615
2010 2,454,324
2011 2,620,815
2012 2,793,666
2013 2,973,095
2014 3,158,661
2015 3,350,591
2016 3,548,438

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