Swaziland - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Swaziland was 286,281 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 286,281 in 2016 and a minimum value of 13,663 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 13,663
1961 15,496
1962 17,551
1963 19,861
1964 22,474
1965 25,427
1966 28,713
1967 31,793
1968 35,223
1969 39,027
1970 43,258
1971 47,961
1972 53,192
1973 58,971
1974 65,362
1975 72,404
1976 80,179
1977 86,660
1978 93,233
1979 100,234
1980 107,678
1981 115,489
1982 123,737
1983 132,645
1984 142,557
1985 153,737
1986 166,438
1987 174,993
1988 182,920
1989 190,518
1990 197,323
1991 203,118
1992 208,062
1993 212,452
1994 216,796
1995 221,443
1996 226,552
1997 231,732
1998 235,459
1999 238,581
2000 240,805
2001 241,999
2002 242,399
2003 242,445
2004 242,729
2005 243,712
2006 245,505
2007 247,985
2008 251,133
2009 254,719
2010 258,515
2011 262,512
2012 266,781
2013 271,291
2014 276,050
2015 281,055
2016 286,281

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