Togo - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Togo was 3,077,767 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 3,077,767 in 2016 and a minimum value of 159,600 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 159,600
1961 174,769
1962 191,015
1963 209,045
1964 230,147
1965 255,440
1966 286,062
1967 322,364
1968 363,861
1969 408,976
1970 450,183
1971 472,147
1972 492,872
1973 512,679
1974 532,384
1975 552,643
1976 573,429
1977 594,659
1978 617,270
1979 642,423
1980 671,041
1981 703,572
1982 740,164
1983 780,104
1984 821,769
1985 864,060
1986 906,940
1987 950,578
1988 994,630
1989 1,038,672
1990 1,082,648
1991 1,126,053
1992 1,169,151
1993 1,213,299
1994 1,260,543
1995 1,312,339
1996 1,369,567
1997 1,431,830
1998 1,498,036
1999 1,566,424
2000 1,635,599
2001 1,705,082
2002 1,775,470
2003 1,847,364
2004 1,921,834
2005 1,999,658
2006 2,081,114
2007 2,166,016
2008 2,254,416
2009 2,345,946
2010 2,440,753
2011 2,538,795
2012 2,640,420
2013 2,745,271
2014 2,853,180
2015 2,964,051
2016 3,077,767

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