United Arab Emirates - Urban population

The value for Urban population in United Arab Emirates was 7,953,698 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 7,953,698 in 2016 and a minimum value of 68,086 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 68,086
1961 75,185
1962 84,633
1963 95,547
1964 106,555
1965 116,866
1966 125,990
1967 134,987
1968 146,189
1969 162,648
1970 187,928
1971 222,489
1972 265,542
1973 316,945
1974 376,148
1975 442,351
1976 516,927
1977 599,287
1978 684,443
1979 766,487
1980 841,308
1981 904,376
1982 957,179
1983 1,005,543
1984 1,055,125
1985 1,110,115
1986 1,172,239
1987 1,240,490
1988 1,313,734
1989 1,390,716
1990 1,470,486
1991 1,554,469
1992 1,643,437
1993 1,735,329
1994 1,827,250
1995 1,917,891
1996 2,018,071
1997 2,131,334
1998 2,252,863
1999 2,384,852
2000 2,531,386
2001 2,682,611
2002 2,843,208
2003 3,048,627
2004 3,346,830
2005 3,767,239
2006 4,332,435
2007 5,017,724
2008 5,748,242
2009 6,418,534
2010 6,951,923
2011 7,317,401
2012 7,537,260
2013 7,653,612
2014 7,734,365
2015 7,830,681
2016 7,953,698

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