Sub-Saharan Africa 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.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa urban population for 2021 was 487,142,486, a 3.95% increase from 2020.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa urban population for 2020 was 468,643,630, a 3.99% increase from 2019.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa urban population for 2019 was 450,673,306, a 4.02% increase from 2018.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa urban population for 2018 was 433,237,352, a 4.06% 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
Sub-Saharan Africa Urban Population - Historical Data
Year Population % of Total Change
2021 487,142,486 41.79 3.95%
2020 468,643,630 41.25 3.99%
2019 450,673,306 40.71 4.02%
2018 433,237,352 40.18 4.06%
2017 416,335,563 39.64 4.09%
2016 399,975,528 39.12 4.12%
2015 384,158,126 38.59 4.14%
2014 368,873,313 38.07 4.17%
2013 354,121,289 37.55 4.18%
2012 339,899,908 37.04 4.21%
2011 326,174,677 36.52 4.26%
2010 312,834,993 36.00 4.27%
2009 300,021,870 35.48 4.27%
2008 287,747,770 34.97 4.26%
2007 275,977,886 34.46 4.00%
2006 265,359,805 34.04 4.13%
2005 254,841,253 33.58 4.14%
2004 244,719,381 33.12 4.09%
2003 235,096,219 32.67 4.08%
2002 225,886,059 32.22 4.07%
2001 217,045,658 31.78 4.05%
2000 208,604,476 31.35 3.84%
1999 200,883,926 30.99 3.85%
1998 193,441,007 30.64 3.87%
1997 186,236,486 30.28 3.94%
1996 179,183,249 29.91 3.96%
1995 172,359,351 29.54 4.03%
1994 165,682,815 29.17 4.15%
1993 159,086,063 28.77 4.40%
1992 152,384,322 28.31 4.50%
1991 145,817,752 27.84 4.60%
1990 139,406,828 27.36 4.98%
1989 132,797,333 26.81 4.96%
1988 126,524,885 26.27 5.04%
1987 120,453,595 25.74 5.09%
1986 114,614,229 25.20 5.15%
1985 108,996,880 24.66 5.13%
1984 103,678,041 24.14 5.01%
1983 98,734,392 23.65 4.90%
1982 94,123,457 23.20 4.85%
1981 89,766,759 22.77 4.87%
1980 85,602,040 22.34 4.65%
1979 81,797,273 21.96 4.77%
1978 78,069,875 21.57 5.07%
1977 74,306,066 21.12 5.07%
1976 70,722,172 20.68 5.12%
1975 67,275,055 20.23 5.06%
1974 64,031,977 19.79 5.02%
1973 60,972,741 19.37 5.03%
1972 58,050,152 18.95 5.03%
1971 55,269,163 18.53 4.96%
1970 52,658,107 18.13 4.76%
1969 50,266,034 17.76 4.81%
1968 47,957,532 17.38 4.76%
1967 45,780,417 17.01 4.71%
1966 43,721,429 16.66 4.68%
1965 41,767,940 16.31 4.73%
1964 39,882,265 15.96 4.68%
1963 38,098,808 15.62 4.59%
1962 36,425,228 15.30 4.48%
1961 34,863,263 14.99 4.44%
1960 33,380,811 14.69 %