Senegal - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Senegal was 6,791,128 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 6,791,128 in 2016 and a minimum value of 737,552 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 737,552
1961 779,172
1962 823,109
1963 869,496
1964 918,601
1965 970,475
1966 1,025,247
1967 1,083,052
1968 1,144,140
1969 1,208,733
1970 1,277,252
1971 1,348,134
1972 1,423,194
1973 1,501,438
1974 1,581,749
1975 1,663,157
1976 1,740,830
1977 1,801,704
1978 1,863,904
1979 1,929,557
1980 2,000,434
1981 2,077,137
1982 2,159,401
1983 2,246,934
1984 2,339,064
1985 2,434,954
1986 2,534,656
1987 2,638,363
1988 2,744,674
1989 2,840,346
1990 2,939,135
1991 3,041,392
1992 3,146,689
1993 3,253,610
1994 3,360,265
1995 3,465,405
1996 3,568,542
1997 3,670,334
1998 3,772,537
1999 3,877,675
2000 3,987,721
2001 4,103,458
2002 4,224,868
2003 4,351,843
2004 4,485,692
2005 4,626,408
2006 4,774,214
2007 4,929,663
2008 5,093,932
2009 5,268,498
2010 5,454,524
2011 5,652,488
2012 5,862,500
2013 6,082,893
2014 6,311,994
2015 6,548,092
2016 6,791,128

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