St. Kitts and Nevis - Urban population

The value for Urban population in St. Kitts and Nevis was 17,627 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 17,627 in 2016 and a minimum value of 14,132 in 1990.

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 14,152
1961 14,472
1962 14,731
1963 14,928
1964 15,077
1965 15,185
1966 15,243
1967 15,254
1968 15,256
1969 15,284
1970 15,324
1971 15,269
1972 15,290
1973 15,365
1974 15,449
1975 15,509
1976 15,543
1977 15,549
1978 15,543
1979 15,533
1980 15,505
1981 15,366
1982 15,234
1983 15,102
1984 14,959
1985 14,807
1986 14,642
1987 14,468
1988 14,310
1989 14,190
1990 14,132
1991 14,139
1992 14,180
1993 14,267
1994 14,366
1995 14,461
1996 14,541
1997 14,618
1998 14,692
1999 14,776
2000 14,873
2001 14,990
2002 15,124
2003 15,271
2004 15,425
2005 15,579
2006 15,728
2007 15,877
2008 16,028
2009 16,190
2010 16,363
2011 16,546
2012 16,747
2013 16,957
2014 17,175
2015 17,398
2016 17,627

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