U.S. Urban Population 1960-2021

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.
  • U.S. urban population for 2020 was 272,364,755, a 0.6% increase from 2019.
  • U.S. urban population for 2019 was 270,737,596, a 0.7% increase from 2018.
  • U.S. urban population for 2018 was 268,844,029, a 0.77% increase from 2017.
  • U.S. urban population for 2017 was 266,788,716, a 0.88% increase from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Urban Population
United States 272,364,755
Japan 115,494,817
Germany 64,472,284
United Kingdom 56,395,647
France 54,570,334
Italy 42,306,582
South Korea 42,156,641
Argentina 41,796,990
Spain 38,264,801
Canada 30,997,832
Saudi Arabia 29,343,564
Poland 22,786,800
Australia 22,152,761
Chile 16,770,077
Netherlands 16,087,009
Belgium 11,334,006
Sweden 9,108,648
UAE 8,609,395
Greece 8,541,900
Israel 8,533,651
Czech Republic 7,923,709
Hong Kong 7,481,800
Hungary 7,014,174
Portugal 6,833,619
Switzerland 6,383,962
Singapore 5,685,807
Austria 5,238,680
Denmark 5,138,400
Finland 4,729,705
Norway 4,463,566
New Zealand 4,408,037
Oman 4,405,789
Kuwait 4,270,563
Uruguay 3,317,930
Ireland 3,179,292
Puerto Rico 2,989,009
Panama 2,951,905
Slovak Republic 2,934,665
Qatar 2,859,020
Croatia 2,329,285
Lithuania 1,901,682
Bahrain 1,523,019
Latvia 1,299,043
Slovenia 1,157,547
Estonia 921,477
Cyprus 806,771
Trinidad and Tobago 744,725
Macao 649,342
Luxembourg 578,234
Malta 497,676
Iceland 344,066
Brunei 342,330
Bahamas 327,359
New Caledonia 194,500
French Polynesia 174,090
Guam 160,239
Curacao 138,059
Virgin Islands (U.S.) 101,974
Barbados 89,634
Andorra 67,928
Cayman Islands 65,720
Bermuda 63,903
Seychelles 56,661
Channel Islands 53,832
Northern Mariana Islands 52,836
Greenland 49,198
Aruba 46,654
Isle of Man 44,980
Sint Maarten (Dutch part) 40,812
Monaco 39,244
Turks and Caicos Islands 36,242
Gibraltar 33,691
San Marino 33,089
Antigua and Barbuda 23,927
Faroe Islands 20,718
St. Kitts and Nevis 16,406
British Virgin Islands 14,669
Palau 14,652
Liechtenstein 5,498
U.S. Urban Population - Historical Data
Year Population % of Total Change
2020 272,364,755 82.66 0.60%
2019 270,737,596 82.46 0.70%
2018 268,844,029 82.26 0.77%
2017 266,788,716 82.06 0.87%
2016 264,473,000 81.86 0.96%
2015 261,950,744 81.67 0.97%
2014 259,430,732 81.48 0.96%
2013 256,953,576 81.30 0.91%
2012 254,614,421 81.12 0.95%
2011 252,208,133 80.94 0.94%
2010 249,849,720 80.77 1.04%
2009 247,276,259 80.61 1.09%
2008 244,607,104 80.44 1.16%
2007 241,795,278 80.27 1.16%
2006 238,999,326 80.10 1.18%
2005 236,200,507 79.93 1.14%
2004 233,532,722 79.76 1.14%
2003 230,876,596 79.58 1.08%
2002 228,400,290 79.41 1.15%
2001 225,792,302 79.23 1.21%
2000 223,069,137 79.06 1.51%
1999 219,721,677 78.74 1.61%
1998 216,206,090 78.38 1.64%
1997 212,694,273 78.01 1.68%
1996 209,146,726 77.64 1.65%
1995 205,718,394 77.26 1.69%
1994 202,278,113 76.88 1.73%
1993 198,806,845 76.49 1.83%
1992 195,199,459 76.10 1.91%
1991 191,509,147 75.70 1.87%
1990 187,966,119 75.30 1.41%
1989 185,333,919 75.09 1.14%
1988 183,232,441 74.94 1.11%
1987 181,215,212 74.79 1.09%
1986 179,244,877 74.64 1.13%
1985 177,239,105 74.49 1.09%
1984 175,321,738 74.34 1.07%
1983 173,459,636 74.19 1.12%
1982 171,528,659 74.04 1.16%
1981 169,552,427 73.89 1.19%
1980 167,551,171 73.74 1.02%
1979 165,847,531 73.69 1.12%
1978 164,005,080 73.68 1.07%
1977 162,256,678 73.67 1.02%
1976 160,611,122 73.66 0.96%
1975 159,070,594 73.65 1.00%
1974 157,488,501 73.64 0.93%
1973 156,034,954 73.63 0.97%
1972 154,531,732 73.62 1.08%
1971 152,865,492 73.61 1.28%
1970 150,922,373 73.60 1.53%
1969 148,629,124 73.33 1.47%
1968 146,463,196 72.97 1.50%
1967 144,288,757 72.61 1.59%
1966 142,008,703 72.25 1.67%
1965 139,663,053 71.88 1.77%
1964 137,215,986 71.51 1.91%
1963 134,615,404 71.13 1.97%
1962 131,988,693 70.76 2.08%
1961 129,276,215 70.38 2.20%
1960 126,462,473 70.00 %