Switzerland - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Switzerland was 6,194,515 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 6,194,515 in 2016 and a minimum value of 2,718,204 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 2,718,204
1961 2,807,954
1962 2,915,607
1963 3,014,876
1964 3,102,042
1965 3,175,203
1966 3,246,083
1967 3,324,422
1968 3,404,837
1969 3,481,909
1970 3,545,846
1971 3,578,731
1972 3,602,554
1973 3,625,652
1974 3,641,615
1975 3,636,410
1976 3,612,091
1977 3,596,286
1978 3,593,029
1979 3,596,663
1980 3,607,371
1981 3,692,988
1982 3,830,823
1983 3,962,180
1984 4,089,876
1985 4,219,325
1986 4,350,934
1987 4,485,819
1988 4,624,403
1989 4,764,772
1990 4,914,685
1991 5,017,092
1992 5,069,206
1993 5,112,044
1994 5,149,461
1995 5,180,397
1996 5,199,719
1997 5,208,645
1998 5,220,447
1999 5,241,761
2000 5,267,636
2001 5,301,074
2002 5,344,095
2003 5,386,680
2004 5,426,645
2005 5,464,346
2006 5,501,590
2007 5,553,847
2008 5,627,771
2009 5,701,396
2010 5,764,063
2011 5,831,516
2012 5,896,805
2013 5,968,886
2014 6,046,826
2015 6,121,685
2016 6,194,515

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