Saudi Arabia - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Saudi Arabia was 26,895,650 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 26,895,650 in 2016 and a minimum value of 1,277,043 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 1,277,043
1961 1,365,778
1962 1,462,345
1963 1,581,327
1964 1,724,652
1965 1,877,829
1966 2,041,288
1967 2,216,381
1968 2,405,728
1969 2,612,506
1970 2,840,512
1971 3,092,472
1972 3,370,030
1973 3,673,416
1974 4,002,925
1975 4,334,574
1976 4,683,115
1977 5,055,933
1978 5,461,789
1979 5,912,135
1980 6,415,159
1981 6,974,793
1982 7,587,048
1983 8,238,568
1984 8,909,272
1985 9,581,496
1986 10,249,200
1987 10,834,550
1988 11,406,880
1989 11,963,490
1990 12,503,570
1991 13,025,840
1992 13,529,600
1993 13,963,820
1994 14,361,210
1995 14,739,490
1996 15,096,730
1997 15,438,080
1998 15,783,290
1999 16,157,590
2000 16,579,890
2001 17,059,280
2002 17,591,640
2003 18,164,690
2004 18,758,260
2005 19,358,560
2006 19,958,560
2007 20,562,410
2008 21,180,380
2009 21,826,960
2010 22,512,090
2011 23,239,330
2012 23,999,150
2013 24,769,770
2014 25,521,900
2015 26,233,450
2016 26,895,650

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