Trinidad and Tobago - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Trinidad and Tobago was 114,002 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 147,203 in 1960 and a minimum value of 104,277 in 1990.

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 147,203
1961 144,619
1962 141,622
1963 138,286
1964 134,678
1965 130,904
1966 126,956
1967 122,896
1968 118,865
1969 115,055
1970 112,346
1971 112,603
1972 113,071
1973 113,696
1974 114,372
1975 115,027
1976 115,633
1977 116,204
1978 116,786
1979 117,430
1980 117,897
1981 116,860
1982 115,882
1983 114,858
1984 113,709
1985 112,374
1986 110,839
1987 109,114
1988 107,260
1989 105,355
1990 104,277
1991 107,518
1992 110,817
1993 114,149
1994 117,467
1995 120,756
1996 123,999
1997 127,215
1998 130,458
1999 133,813
2000 136,651
2001 134,834
2002 133,138
2003 131,538
2004 129,983
2005 128,422
2006 126,861
2007 125,309
2008 123,750
2009 122,236
2010 120,751
2011 119,290
2012 117,993
2013 116,839
2014 115,809
2015 114,860
2016 114,002

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