Sub-Saharan Africa Urban Population 1960-2020

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 2019 was 450,673,319, a 4.03% increase from 2018.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa urban population for 2018 was 433,229,303, a 4.06% increase from 2017.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa urban population for 2017 was 416,329,874, a 4.09% increase from 2016.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa urban population for 2016 was 399,973,167, a 4.12% increase from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Urban Population
World 4,274,233,737
East Asia & Pacific 1,401,721,126
OECD members 1,098,912,701
South Asia 632,092,764
Latin America & Caribbean 522,741,501
Sub-Saharan Africa 450,673,319
European Union 334,423,609
North America 301,355,428
Euro Area 264,546,016
Sub-Saharan Africa Urban Population - Historical Data
Year Population % of Total Change
2019 450,673,319 40.71 4.03%
2018 433,229,303 40.18 4.06%
2017 416,329,874 39.64 4.09%
2016 399,973,167 39.12 4.12%
2015 384,158,105 38.59 4.14%
2014 368,874,311 38.07 4.17%
2013 354,122,414 37.55 4.18%
2012 339,900,644 37.04 4.21%
2011 326,174,892 36.52 4.26%
2010 312,834,987 36.00 4.27%
2009 300,021,875 35.48 4.27%
2008 287,747,756 34.97 4.26%
2007 275,977,884 34.46 4.00%
2006 265,359,797 34.04 4.13%
2005 254,841,261 33.58 4.14%
2004 244,719,384 33.12 4.09%
2003 235,096,238 32.67 4.08%
2002 225,886,053 32.22 4.07%
2001 217,045,674 31.78 4.05%
2000 208,604,477 31.35 3.84%
1999 200,883,919 30.99 3.85%
1998 193,440,991 30.64 3.87%
1997 186,236,499 30.28 3.94%
1996 179,183,259 29.91 3.96%
1995 172,359,341 29.54 4.03%
1994 165,682,794 29.17 4.15%
1993 159,086,059 28.77 4.40%
1992 152,384,337 28.31 4.50%
1991 145,817,745 27.84 4.60%
1990 139,406,814 27.36 4.98%
1989 132,797,324 26.81 4.96%
1988 126,524,879 26.27 5.04%
1987 120,453,617 25.74 5.09%
1986 114,614,216 25.20 5.15%
1985 108,996,884 24.66 5.13%
1984 103,678,047 24.14 5.01%
1983 98,734,387 23.65 4.90%
1982 94,123,455 23.20 4.85%
1981 89,766,757 22.77 4.87%
1980 85,602,042 22.34 4.65%
1979 81,797,260 21.96 4.77%
1978 78,069,861 21.57 5.07%
1977 74,306,045 21.12 5.07%
1976 70,722,151 20.68 5.12%
1975 67,275,054 20.23 5.06%
1974 64,031,950 19.79 5.02%
1973 60,972,688 19.37 5.03%
1972 58,050,087 18.95 5.03%
1971 55,269,107 18.53 4.96%
1970 52,658,096 18.13 4.76%
1969 50,265,973 17.76 4.81%
1968 47,957,495 17.38 4.76%
1967 45,780,399 17.01 4.71%
1966 43,721,417 16.66 4.68%
1965 41,767,939 16.31 4.73%
1964 39,882,276 15.96 4.68%
1963 38,098,805 15.62 4.59%
1962 36,425,236 15.30 4.48%
1961 34,863,268 14.99 4.44%
1960 33,380,807 14.69 5.41%