St. Lucia - Urban population

The value for Urban population in St. Lucia was 33,004 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 43,591 in 2000 and a minimum value of 19,292 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 19,292
1961 19,725
1962 20,198
1963 20,710
1964 21,254
1965 21,822
1966 22,420
1967 23,043
1968 23,679
1969 24,304
1970 24,902
1971 25,464
1972 25,995
1973 26,519
1974 27,066
1975 27,662
1976 28,319
1977 29,031
1978 29,780
1979 30,547
1980 31,314
1981 32,066
1982 32,817
1983 33,587
1984 34,407
1985 35,300
1986 36,277
1987 37,329
1988 38,423
1989 39,510
1990 40,556
1991 41,447
1992 41,682
1993 41,874
1994 42,071
1995 42,297
1996 42,563
1997 42,857
1998 43,149
1999 43,403
2000 43,591
2001 43,535
2002 42,064
2003 40,591
2004 39,156
2005 37,793
2006 36,502
2007 35,271
2008 34,066
2009 32,858
2010 31,841
2011 32,072
2012 32,257
2013 32,425
2014 32,597
2015 32,790
2016 33,004

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