Zambia - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Zambia was 6,865,351 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 6,865,351 in 2016 and a minimum value of 552,487 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 552,487
1961 595,111
1962 641,150
1963 692,846
1964 760,165
1965 832,839
1966 911,290
1967 995,787
1968 1,087,208
1969 1,186,232
1970 1,266,829
1971 1,348,908
1972 1,436,892
1973 1,530,527
1974 1,629,833
1975 1,734,414
1976 1,844,398
1977 1,959,813
1978 2,081,307
1979 2,209,423
1980 2,344,797
1981 2,428,785
1982 2,509,987
1983 2,592,639
1984 2,675,627
1985 2,758,089
1986 2,840,010
1987 2,921,482
1988 3,002,484
1989 3,083,016
1990 3,163,300
1991 3,212,589
1992 3,255,309
1993 3,297,925
1994 3,342,446
1995 3,390,221
1996 3,441,885
1997 3,496,981
1998 3,553,822
1999 3,610,318
2000 3,665,076
2001 3,783,898
2002 3,933,177
2003 4,086,900
2004 4,246,423
2005 4,412,535
2006 4,585,714
2007 4,766,132
2008 4,955,003
2009 5,153,673
2010 5,363,425
2011 5,585,080
2012 5,819,264
2013 6,065,375
2014 6,322,121
2015 6,588,682
2016 6,865,351

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