Uruguay - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Uruguay was 3,287,648 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 3,287,648 in 2016 and a minimum value of 2,037,039 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 2,037,039
1961 2,069,233
1962 2,100,842
1963 2,131,793
1964 2,162,004
1965 2,191,413
1966 2,220,207
1967 2,248,174
1968 2,274,149
1969 2,296,522
1970 2,314,379
1971 2,327,046
1972 2,335,333
1973 2,341,481
1974 2,348,693
1975 2,359,996
1976 2,381,288
1977 2,406,111
1978 2,433,527
1979 2,461,880
1980 2,489,899
1981 2,517,351
1982 2,544,759
1983 2,571,986
1984 2,599,112
1985 2,626,203
1986 2,653,916
1987 2,681,713
1988 2,709,554
1989 2,737,859
1990 2,767,051
1991 2,797,046
1992 2,827,602
1993 2,858,433
1994 2,889,290
1995 2,919,802
1996 2,950,353
1997 2,981,427
1998 3,010,660
1999 3,036,068
2000 3,056,475
2001 3,071,016
2002 3,080,486
2003 3,087,122
2004 3,094,002
2005 3,103,428
2006 3,116,291
2007 3,131,976
2008 3,149,708
2009 3,168,018
2010 3,185,920
2011 3,203,207
2012 3,220,246
2013 3,237,025
2014 3,253,766
2015 3,270,647
2016 3,287,648

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