Yemen - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Yemen was 9,706,057 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 9,706,057 in 2016 and a minimum value of 470,664 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 470,664
1961 497,591
1962 526,135
1963 556,370
1964 588,370
1965 622,268
1966 658,271
1967 696,651
1968 737,290
1969 779,616
1970 823,777
1971 856,749
1972 890,678
1973 926,917
1974 967,526
1975 1,013,948
1976 1,067,260
1977 1,127,286
1978 1,193,823
1979 1,265,762
1980 1,342,643
1981 1,424,421
1982 1,511,985
1983 1,605,284
1984 1,704,328
1985 1,809,354
1986 1,924,572
1987 2,053,761
1988 2,193,613
1989 2,349,018
1990 2,523,659
1991 2,720,854
1992 2,939,357
1993 3,172,942
1994 3,412,376
1995 3,640,187
1996 3,853,032
1997 4,060,067
1998 4,265,279
1999 4,475,208
2000 4,695,154
2001 4,926,165
2002 5,167,774
2003 5,419,996
2004 5,682,846
2005 5,955,876
2006 6,239,607
2007 6,534,617
2008 6,841,503
2009 7,160,137
2010 7,490,903
2011 7,833,948
2012 8,188,903
2013 8,555,280
2014 8,930,838
2015 9,314,623
2016 9,706,057

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