Venezuela - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Venezuela was 28,109,250 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 28,109,250 in 2016 and a minimum value of 5,019,517 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 5,019,517
1961 5,320,284
1962 5,620,087
1963 5,932,627
1964 6,255,179
1965 6,584,705
1966 6,921,334
1967 7,264,884
1968 7,614,458
1969 7,968,210
1970 8,326,038
1971 8,686,424
1972 9,039,747
1973 9,392,427
1974 9,753,705
1975 10,125,760
1976 10,509,890
1977 10,905,100
1978 11,311,050
1979 11,726,340
1980 12,150,080
1981 12,581,070
1982 13,010,550
1983 13,444,600
1984 13,888,790
1985 14,343,480
1986 14,809,320
1987 15,284,930
1988 15,767,750
1989 16,253,830
1990 16,740,450
1991 17,221,470
1992 17,699,800
1993 18,177,480
1994 18,655,980
1995 19,135,510
1996 19,616,120
1997 20,096,610
1998 20,578,020
1999 21,060,420
2000 21,544,840
2001 22,030,250
2002 22,470,950
2003 22,888,470
2004 23,305,390
2005 23,720,860
2006 24,135,260
2007 24,547,820
2008 24,958,030
2009 25,364,960
2010 25,767,900
2011 26,166,350
2012 26,560,300
2013 26,950,750
2014 27,339,020
2015 27,724,950
2016 28,109,250

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