World Rural Population 1960-2023

Rural population refers to people living in rural areas as defined by national statistical offices. It is calculated as the difference between total population and urban population. Aggregation of urban and rural population may not add up to total population because of different country coverages.
  • World rural population for 2021 was 3,401,483,101, a 0.03% decline from 2020.
  • World rural population for 2020 was 3,402,526,512, a 0.03% increase from 2019.
  • World rural population for 2019 was 3,401,397,750, a 0.06% increase from 2018.
  • World rural population for 2018 was 3,399,268,298, a 0.1% increase from 2017.
Data Source: World Bank

MLA Citation:
Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Rural Population
World 3,401,483,101
South Asia 1,214,195,771
East Asia & Pacific 912,424,958
Sub-Saharan Africa 678,421,501
OECD members 258,158,568
Latin America & Caribbean 122,600,284
European Union 110,874,382
Euro Area 76,394,998
North America 63,860,455
World Rural Population - Historical Data
Year Population % of Total Change
2021 3,401,483,101 43.42 -0.03%
2020 3,402,526,512 43.84 0.03%
2019 3,401,397,750 44.28 0.06%
2018 3,399,268,298 44.72 0.10%
2017 3,395,770,544 45.17 0.15%
2016 3,390,847,113 45.63 0.17%
2015 3,385,230,743 46.08 0.19%
2014 3,378,873,012 46.54 0.23%
2013 3,371,199,704 46.99 0.25%
2012 3,362,636,703 47.45 0.27%
2011 3,353,658,726 47.90 0.23%
2010 3,346,098,292 48.35 0.17%
2009 3,340,304,403 48.85 0.20%
2008 3,333,755,606 49.35 0.22%
2007 3,326,564,331 49.86 0.25%
2006 3,318,331,550 50.35 0.25%
2005 3,310,160,129 50.85 0.24%
2004 3,302,106,624 51.36 0.27%
2003 3,293,311,000 51.86 0.29%
2002 3,283,730,657 52.36 0.32%
2001 3,273,208,448 52.86 0.45%
2000 3,258,666,866 53.31 0.60%
1999 3,239,083,612 53.69 0.66%
1998 3,217,927,851 54.06 0.71%
1997 3,195,320,043 54.43 0.75%
1996 3,171,418,327 54.80 0.79%
1995 3,146,593,138 55.16 0.82%
1994 3,120,961,611 55.53 0.86%
1993 3,094,221,058 55.89 0.91%
1992 3,066,425,436 56.26 0.95%
1991 3,037,429,273 56.60 1.01%
1990 3,007,038,178 56.97 1.09%
1989 2,974,584,483 57.33 1.11%
1988 2,941,846,007 57.69 1.13%
1987 2,908,949,547 58.05 1.15%
1986 2,875,976,196 58.42 1.14%
1985 2,843,618,667 58.78 1.13%
1984 2,811,866,065 59.14 1.14%
1983 2,780,287,213 59.50 1.19%
1982 2,747,460,924 59.85 1.16%
1981 2,716,050,910 60.23 1.06%
1980 2,687,679,580 60.65 1.06%
1979 2,659,389,683 61.06 1.09%
1978 2,630,653,393 61.47 1.20%
1977 2,599,582,989 61.80 1.32%
1976 2,565,599,507 62.06 1.38%
1975 2,530,673,774 62.31 1.49%
1974 2,493,594,794 62.54 1.50%
1973 2,456,842,164 62.81 1.60%
1972 2,418,101,600 63.04 1.70%
1971 2,377,767,005 63.25 1.82%
1970 2,335,276,447 63.45 1.79%
1969 2,294,247,465 63.63 1.77%
1968 2,254,245,167 63.83 1.73%
1967 2,215,970,601 64.04 1.72%
1966 2,178,588,996 64.25 1.80%
1965 2,140,139,597 64.44 1.71%
1964 2,104,220,646 64.66 1.44%
1963 2,074,403,280 65.06 1.48%
1962 2,044,148,623 65.44 1.04%
1961 2,023,066,947 65.88 0.54%
1960 2,012,175,449 66.38 %