Sudan - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Sudan was 13,459,570 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 13,459,570 in 2016 and a minimum value of 810,731 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 810,731
1961 872,668
1962 939,444
1963 1,011,469
1964 1,089,192
1965 1,172,825
1966 1,262,982
1967 1,360,216
1968 1,464,966
1969 1,577,575
1970 1,698,845
1971 1,829,017
1972 1,968,957
1973 2,104,071
1974 2,199,226
1975 2,300,463
1976 2,407,884
1977 2,521,418
1978 2,640,882
1979 2,765,735
1980 2,895,546
1981 3,030,399
1982 3,170,953
1983 3,366,677
1984 3,648,614
1985 3,947,501
1986 4,262,608
1987 4,595,231
1988 4,951,277
1989 5,338,264
1990 5,764,225
1991 6,234,658
1992 6,749,810
1993 7,240,120
1994 7,513,116
1995 7,768,874
1996 8,001,974
1997 8,216,978
1998 8,422,547
1999 8,631,857
2000 8,855,061
2001 9,095,540
2002 9,349,825
2003 9,612,013
2004 9,873,047
2005 10,126,740
2006 10,371,230
2007 10,609,980
2008 10,848,620
2009 11,101,340
2010 11,374,880
2011 11,671,330
2012 11,990,130
2013 12,329,980
2014 12,688,620
2015 13,065,280
2016 13,459,570

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