Seychelles - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Seychelles was 51,328 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 51,328 in 2016 and a minimum value of 11,540 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 11,540
1961 12,316
1962 13,118
1963 13,949
1964 14,819
1965 15,733
1966 16,693
1967 17,693
1968 18,736
1969 19,818
1970 20,940
1971 22,062
1972 23,421
1973 24,621
1974 25,937
1975 27,432
1976 28,905
1977 30,449
1978 30,700
1979 30,955
1980 31,229
1981 31,603
1982 31,779
1983 31,731
1984 31,910
1985 32,160
1986 32,351
1987 33,744
1988 33,860
1989 34,062
1990 34,238
1991 34,714
1992 34,902
1993 35,675
1994 36,688
1995 37,291
1996 37,913
1997 38,443
1998 39,297
1999 40,183
2000 40,663
2001 40,828
2002 42,242
2003 41,921
2004 41,931
2005 42,303
2006 43,385
2007 43,811
2008 45,021
2009 45,431
2010 46,967
2011 46,004
2012 46,726
2013 47,881
2014 48,931
2015 50,341
2016 51,328

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