St. Vincent and the Grenadines - Urban population

The value for Urban population in St. Vincent and the Grenadines was 55,807 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 55,807 in 2016 and a minimum value of 21,001 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 21,001
1961 21,681
1962 22,342
1963 22,989
1964 23,633
1965 24,288
1966 24,953
1967 25,628
1968 26,315
1969 27,022
1970 27,753
1971 28,513
1972 29,299
1973 30,108
1974 30,931
1975 31,767
1976 32,613
1977 33,465
1978 34,324
1979 35,188
1980 36,051
1981 36,911
1982 37,767
1983 38,619
1984 39,474
1985 40,330
1986 41,193
1987 42,059
1988 42,913
1989 43,736
1990 44,517
1991 45,227
1992 45,692
1993 46,115
1994 46,518
1995 46,903
1996 47,273
1997 47,630
1998 47,983
1999 48,355
2000 48,755
2001 49,186
2002 49,650
2003 50,136
2004 50,624
2005 51,102
2006 51,571
2007 52,030
2008 52,477
2009 52,909
2010 53,329
2011 53,730
2012 54,112
2013 54,494
2014 54,897
2015 55,330
2016 55,807

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