Solomon Islands - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Solomon Islands was 136,542 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 136,542 in 2016 and a minimum value of 6,799 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 6,799
1961 7,330
1962 7,905
1963 8,526
1964 9,194
1965 9,915
1966 10,688
1967 11,523
1968 12,431
1969 13,428
1970 14,293
1971 14,889
1972 15,532
1973 16,215
1974 16,925
1975 17,652
1976 18,601
1977 19,927
1978 21,328
1979 22,814
1980 24,389
1981 26,059
1982 27,824
1983 29,683
1984 31,633
1985 33,669
1986 35,794
1987 37,611
1988 39,224
1989 40,897
1990 42,650
1991 44,488
1992 46,408
1993 48,413
1994 50,505
1995 52,677
1996 54,936
1997 57,281
1998 59,710
1999 62,222
2000 65,246
2001 68,668
2002 72,240
2003 75,955
2004 79,808
2005 83,790
2006 87,903
2007 92,150
2008 96,547
2009 101,095
2010 105,811
2011 110,653
2012 115,623
2013 120,710
2014 125,897
2015 131,179
2016 136,542

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