Tunisia - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Tunisia was 7,645,536 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 7,645,536 in 2016 and a minimum value of 1,566,559 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 1,566,559
1961 1,607,538
1962 1,652,015
1963 1,699,968
1964 1,751,298
1965 1,805,590
1966 1,865,978
1967 1,944,133
1968 2,026,350
1969 2,111,834
1970 2,200,362
1971 2,291,761
1972 2,386,374
1973 2,484,247
1974 2,585,973
1975 2,689,900
1976 2,785,901
1977 2,885,281
1978 2,989,612
1979 3,100,869
1980 3,220,318
1981 3,348,696
1982 3,485,498
1983 3,628,473
1984 3,778,593
1985 3,942,025
1986 4,105,358
1987 4,268,509
1988 4,432,733
1989 4,599,578
1990 4,770,577
1991 4,945,894
1992 5,124,253
1993 5,302,734
1994 5,470,510
1995 5,602,725
1996 5,726,710
1997 5,842,761
1998 5,951,656
1999 6,054,487
2000 6,152,395
2001 6,245,039
2002 6,333,095
2003 6,419,541
2004 6,504,328
2005 6,576,514
2006 6,654,610
2007 6,738,347
2008 6,827,316
2009 6,919,895
2010 7,015,332
2011 7,113,330
2012 7,215,030
2013 7,319,835
2014 7,426,857
2015 7,535,540
2016 7,645,536

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