Samoa - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Samoa was 36,986 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 38,744 in 2002 and a minimum value of 20,562 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 20,562
1961 21,287
1962 22,070
1963 22,885
1964 23,710
1965 24,525
1966 25,330
1967 26,292
1968 27,287
1969 28,240
1970 29,141
1971 29,976
1972 30,572
1973 31,017
1974 31,414
1975 31,779
1976 32,113
1977 32,355
1978 32,546
1979 32,736
1980 32,936
1981 33,152
1982 33,369
1983 33,577
1984 33,768
1985 33,927
1986 34,046
1987 34,135
1988 34,221
1989 34,344
1990 34,528
1991 34,784
1992 35,197
1993 35,694
1994 36,181
1995 36,628
1996 37,025
1997 37,376
1998 37,703
1999 38,028
2000 38,374
2001 38,744
2002 38,744
2003 38,549
2004 38,361
2005 38,177
2006 37,995
2007 37,824
2008 37,667
2009 37,520
2010 37,386
2011 37,265
2012 37,156
2013 37,083
2014 37,035
2015 37,004
2016 36,986

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