North America Urban Population 1960-2023

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.
  • North America urban population for 2021 was 306,343,265, a 0.4% increase from 2020.
  • North America urban population for 2020 was 305,119,850, a 1.22% increase from 2019.
  • North America urban population for 2019 was 301,439,741, a 0.79% increase from 2018.
  • North America urban population for 2018 was 299,083,003, a 0.84% increase from 2017.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Urban Population
World 4,433,302,173
East Asia & Pacific 1,456,197,901
OECD members 1,117,661,713
South Asia 663,706,553
Latin America & Caribbean 535,449,685
Sub-Saharan Africa 487,142,486
European Union 336,072,330
North America 306,343,265
Euro Area 266,171,543
North America Urban Population - Historical Data
Year Population % of Total Change
2021 306,343,265 82.75 0.40%
2020 305,119,850 82.55 1.22%
2019 301,439,741 82.36 0.79%
2018 299,083,003 82.17 0.84%
2017 296,582,138 81.99 0.91%
2016 293,894,567 81.81 0.99%
2015 291,027,807 81.63 0.95%
2014 288,277,446 81.46 0.97%
2013 285,498,217 81.29 0.94%
2012 282,845,297 81.12 0.97%
2011 280,120,518 80.96 0.97%
2010 277,437,381 80.79 1.07%
2009 274,499,918 80.62 1.12%
2008 271,462,240 80.46 1.18%
2007 268,301,627 80.29 1.17%
2006 265,190,165 80.11 1.18%
2005 262,099,001 79.95 1.13%
2004 259,163,359 79.79 1.14%
2003 256,244,701 79.62 1.08%
2002 253,516,142 79.46 1.16%
2001 250,612,588 79.29 1.25%
2000 247,519,374 79.10 1.51%
1999 243,831,291 78.78 1.59%
1998 240,006,391 78.42 1.62%
1997 236,183,090 78.05 1.68%
1996 232,288,316 77.67 1.64%
1995 228,538,710 77.30 1.67%
1994 224,788,006 76.93 1.72%
1993 220,996,624 76.56 1.81%
1992 217,071,868 76.18 1.89%
1991 213,050,439 75.80 1.83%
1990 209,231,872 75.43 1.43%
1989 206,276,409 75.24 1.22%
1988 203,797,727 75.11 1.14%
1987 201,510,529 74.97 1.12%
1986 199,269,494 74.83 1.14%
1985 197,027,492 74.68 1.10%
1984 194,889,455 74.53 1.08%
1983 192,802,947 74.38 1.13%
1982 190,641,337 74.23 1.19%
1981 188,399,131 74.07 1.21%
1980 186,155,130 73.93 1.06%
1979 184,203,265 73.89 1.12%
1978 182,170,788 73.87 1.08%
1977 180,233,292 73.86 1.04%
1976 178,369,631 73.85 0.99%
1975 176,622,456 73.85 1.03%
1974 174,814,604 73.85 0.96%
1973 173,148,992 73.85 0.98%
1972 171,465,521 73.85 1.08%
1971 169,631,002 73.86 1.51%
1970 167,109,832 73.80 1.59%
1969 164,487,979 73.51 1.53%
1968 162,004,081 73.14 1.58%
1967 159,477,276 72.76 1.69%
1966 156,823,451 72.38 1.80%
1965 154,056,841 71.98 1.89%
1964 151,199,564 71.57 2.03%
1963 148,185,763 71.16 2.09%
1962 145,157,046 70.74 2.19%
1961 142,050,755 70.32 2.29%
1960 138,875,014 69.92 %