Vanuatu - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Vanuatu was 71,497 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 71,497 in 2016 and a minimum value of 6,627 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 6,627
1961 6,954
1962 7,300
1963 7,661
1964 8,034
1965 8,416
1966 8,804
1967 9,201
1968 9,615
1969 10,052
1970 10,524
1971 11,032
1972 11,574
1973 12,150
1974 12,753
1975 13,378
1976 14,031
1977 14,706
1978 15,401
1979 16,175
1980 17,044
1981 17,929
1982 18,832
1983 19,762
1984 20,729
1985 21,743
1986 22,807
1987 23,921
1988 25,101
1989 26,334
1990 27,443
1991 28,645
1992 29,939
1993 31,282
1994 32,625
1995 33,923
1996 35,157
1997 36,340
1998 37,526
1999 38,775
2000 40,109
2001 41,555
2002 43,126
2003 44,809
2004 46,563
2005 48,362
2006 50,207
2007 52,100
2008 54,048
2009 56,048
2010 58,103
2011 60,211
2012 62,366
2013 64,571
2014 66,827
2015 69,135
2016 71,497

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