Timor-Leste - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Timor-Leste was 423,749 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 423,749 in 2016 and a minimum value of 50,450 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 50,450
1961 52,121
1962 54,458
1963 56,918
1964 59,511
1965 62,239
1966 65,063
1967 67,976
1968 71,044
1969 74,358
1970 77,976
1971 82,045
1972 86,504
1973 90,895
1974 94,565
1975 97,041
1976 97,954
1977 97,488
1978 96,400
1979 95,870
1980 96,848
1981 99,779
1982 104,512
1983 110,613
1984 117,257
1985 123,805
1986 130,015
1987 136,064
1988 142,230
1989 148,995
1990 156,718
1991 164,843
1992 173,491
1993 182,286
1994 190,175
1995 196,372
1996 200,348
1997 202,433
1998 203,848
1999 206,408
2000 211,478
2001 219,732
2002 230,762
2003 243,509
2004 256,251
2005 270,109
2006 282,436
2007 293,549
2008 304,059
2009 315,048
2010 327,407
2011 341,392
2012 356,652
2013 372,898
2014 389,689
2015 406,668
2016 423,749

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