Suriname - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Suriname was 368,607 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 368,607 in 2016 and a minimum value of 137,038 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 137,038
1961 141,034
1962 145,000
1963 148,998
1964 152,910
1965 156,304
1966 159,913
1967 163,604
1968 166,959
1969 169,410
1970 170,593
1971 170,348
1972 173,631
1973 180,809
1974 187,738
1975 194,923
1976 202,595
1977 210,654
1978 219,032
1979 227,425
1980 235,660
1981 236,288
1982 237,021
1983 238,117
1984 239,931
1985 242,696
1986 246,501
1987 251,228
1988 256,584
1989 262,195
1990 267,734
1991 273,129
1992 278,406
1993 283,516
1994 288,453
1995 293,195
1996 297,699
1997 301,946
1998 306,000
1999 309,955
2000 313,875
2001 317,778
2002 321,664
2003 325,542
2004 329,434
2005 332,707
2006 335,944
2007 339,193
2008 342,465
2009 345,753
2010 349,038
2011 352,316
2012 355,588
2013 358,836
2014 362,098
2015 365,355
2016 368,607

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