Uganda - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Uganda was 6,822,281 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 6,822,281 in 2016 and a minimum value of 299,835 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 299,835
1961 323,496
1962 349,411
1963 377,741
1964 408,457
1965 441,513
1966 477,415
1967 516,042
1968 557,486
1969 601,265
1970 629,486
1971 654,863
1972 680,408
1973 706,360
1974 733,463
1975 762,231
1976 792,933
1977 825,558
1978 859,900
1979 895,854
1980 945,482
1981 1,012,953
1982 1,085,452
1983 1,163,377
1984 1,248,062
1985 1,340,459
1986 1,441,346
1987 1,551,021
1988 1,669,674
1989 1,796,635
1990 1,931,533
1991 2,045,425
1992 2,129,787
1993 2,216,481
1994 2,305,503
1995 2,396,780
1996 2,490,401
1997 2,586,521
1998 2,686,595
1999 2,792,061
2000 2,904,425
2001 3,024,095
2002 3,151,232
2003 3,323,576
2004 3,516,354
2005 3,719,561
2006 3,934,080
2007 4,160,306
2008 4,398,748
2009 4,650,004
2010 4,914,981
2011 5,193,860
2012 5,487,772
2013 5,797,169
2014 6,122,464
2015 6,463,726
2016 6,822,281

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