World Rural Population 1960-2021

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 2019 was 3,397,467,990, a 0.07% increase from 2018.
  • World rural population for 2018 was 3,395,021,128, a 0.1% increase from 2017.
  • World rural population for 2017 was 3,391,543,054, a 0.14% increase from 2016.
  • World rural population for 2016 was 3,386,853,324, a 0.16% increase from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Rural Population
World 3,397,467,990
South Asia 1,203,683,978
East Asia & Pacific 938,907,166
Sub-Saharan Africa 656,284,579
OECD members 261,050,799
Latin America & Caribbean 123,651,343
European Union 113,088,432
Euro Area 78,051,682
North America 64,537,275
World Rural Population - Historical Data
Year Population % of Total Change
2019 3,397,467,990 44.29 0.07%
2018 3,395,021,128 44.73 0.10%
2017 3,391,543,054 45.18 0.14%
2016 3,386,853,324 45.63 0.16%
2015 3,381,376,596 46.09 0.18%
2014 3,375,406,112 46.54 0.21%
2013 3,368,457,505 46.99 0.22%
2012 3,360,960,421 47.44 0.23%
2011 3,353,217,398 47.90 0.21%
2010 3,346,105,703 48.35 0.17%
2009 3,340,312,853 48.85 0.20%
2008 3,333,719,727 49.35 0.21%
2007 3,326,573,653 49.86 0.25%
2006 3,318,341,274 50.35 0.25%
2005 3,310,170,114 50.85 0.24%
2004 3,302,116,965 51.36 0.27%
2003 3,293,322,180 51.86 0.29%
2002 3,283,742,679 52.36 0.32%
2001 3,273,211,804 52.86 0.45%
2000 3,258,670,383 53.31 0.60%
1999 3,239,086,647 53.69 0.66%
1998 3,217,928,623 54.06 0.71%
1997 3,195,320,757 54.43 0.75%
1996 3,171,418,304 54.80 0.79%
1995 3,146,585,720 55.16 0.82%
1994 3,120,891,522 55.53 0.86%
1993 3,094,133,812 55.90 0.91%
1992 3,066,381,332 56.26 0.95%
1991 3,037,418,857 56.60 1.01%
1990 3,007,043,941 56.97 1.09%
1989 2,974,595,195 57.33 1.11%
1988 2,941,853,992 57.69 1.13%
1987 2,908,954,683 58.05 1.15%
1986 2,875,978,466 58.42 1.14%
1985 2,843,599,316 58.78 1.13%
1984 2,811,850,862 59.14 1.14%
1983 2,780,275,875 59.50 1.19%
1982 2,747,453,623 59.85 1.16%
1981 2,716,047,843 60.23 1.06%
1980 2,687,673,656 60.65 1.06%
1979 2,659,384,865 61.06 1.09%
1978 2,630,649,687 61.47 1.20%
1977 2,599,580,835 61.80 1.32%
1976 2,565,598,452 62.06 1.38%
1975 2,530,762,933 62.31 1.49%
1974 2,493,594,737 62.54 1.50%
1973 2,456,679,993 62.81 1.60%
1972 2,418,101,312 63.04 1.70%
1971 2,377,766,673 63.25 1.81%
1970 2,335,541,348 63.44 1.79%
1969 2,294,522,502 63.63 1.79%
1968 2,254,259,763 63.83 1.72%
1967 2,216,228,334 64.03 1.71%
1966 2,178,882,828 64.24 1.80%
1965 2,140,438,784 64.43 1.71%
1964 2,104,525,587 64.66 1.44%
1963 2,074,712,821 65.05 1.48%
1962 2,044,462,012 65.43 1.04%
1961 2,023,384,765 65.88 0.57%
1960 2,011,912,701 66.39 %