Syrian Arab Republic - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Syrian Arab Republic was 10,700,910 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 11,702,660 in 2010 and a minimum value of 1,683,373 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 1,683,373
1961 1,765,942
1962 1,854,806
1963 1,948,106
1964 2,046,280
1965 2,149,577
1966 2,258,339
1967 2,372,750
1968 2,493,121
1969 2,619,593
1970 2,752,642
1971 2,874,816
1972 2,997,366
1973 3,125,158
1974 3,257,984
1975 3,395,668
1976 3,537,997
1977 3,685,168
1978 3,838,754
1979 4,000,336
1980 4,171,386
1981 4,352,356
1982 4,533,108
1983 4,718,567
1984 4,908,137
1985 5,099,736
1986 5,292,945
1987 5,488,087
1988 5,685,507
1989 5,885,955
1990 6,090,036
1991 6,297,270
1992 6,507,431
1993 6,721,723
1994 6,941,927
1995 7,187,665
1996 7,447,436
1997 7,716,370
1998 7,989,892
1999 8,260,780
2000 8,524,943
2001 8,771,436
2002 9,002,248
2003 9,238,624
2004 9,511,772
2005 9,839,391
2006 10,243,220
2007 10,705,570
2008 11,160,290
2009 11,514,080
2010 11,702,660
2011 11,697,610
2012 11,529,320
2013 11,262,490
2014 10,994,730
2015 10,801,840
2016 10,700,910

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