The Bahamas - Urban population

The value for Urban population in The Bahamas was 324,531 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 324,531 in 2016 and a minimum value of 65,401 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 65,401
1961 69,587
1962 74,094
1963 78,852
1964 83,751
1965 88,714
1966 93,733
1967 98,784
1968 103,767
1969 108,556
1970 113,068
1971 117,234
1972 121,087
1973 124,751
1974 128,424
1975 132,250
1976 136,279
1977 140,473
1978 144,846
1979 149,340
1980 153,997
1981 159,055
1982 164,261
1983 169,532
1984 174,781
1985 179,944
1986 184,961
1987 189,864
1988 194,731
1989 199,676
1990 204,654
1991 209,068
1992 213,687
1993 218,337
1994 222,758
1995 226,812
1996 230,381
1997 233,582
1998 236,721
1999 240,212
2000 244,297
2001 248,765
2002 253,874
2003 259,455
2004 265,200
2005 270,906
2006 276,502
2007 282,037
2008 287,455
2009 292,738
2010 297,863
2011 302,807
2012 307,553
2013 312,098
2014 316,440
2015 320,588
2016 324,531

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