World 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.
  • World urban population for 2021 was 4,433,302,173, a 1.69% increase from 2020.
  • World urban population for 2020 was 4,359,577,398, a 1.85% increase from 2019.
  • World urban population for 2019 was 4,280,581,814, a 1.88% increase from 2018.
  • World urban population for 2018 was 4,201,613,585, a 1.94% 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
World Urban Population - Historical Data
Year Population % of Total Change
2021 4,433,302,173 56.58 1.69%
2020 4,359,577,398 56.16 1.85%
2019 4,280,581,814 55.72 1.88%
2018 4,201,613,585 55.28 1.94%
2017 4,121,772,986 54.83 2.00%
2016 4,040,990,088 54.37 2.03%
2015 3,960,624,201 53.92 2.05%
2014 3,881,124,742 53.46 2.07%
2013 3,802,446,099 53.01 2.09%
2012 3,724,773,727 52.55 2.10%
2011 3,648,273,263 52.10 2.08%
2010 3,573,943,037 51.65 2.19%
2009 3,497,450,435 51.15 2.22%
2008 3,421,460,545 50.65 2.26%
2007 3,345,847,975 50.14 2.24%
2006 3,272,625,329 49.65 2.28%
2005 3,199,824,687 49.15 2.31%
2004 3,127,682,788 48.64 2.32%
2003 3,056,809,211 48.14 2.33%
2002 2,987,260,356 47.64 2.35%
2001 2,918,724,283 47.14 2.27%
2000 2,853,928,243 46.69 2.16%
1999 2,793,610,635 46.31 2.18%
1998 2,734,083,101 45.94 2.21%
1997 2,674,851,444 45.57 2.24%
1996 2,616,150,997 45.20 2.27%
1995 2,558,104,123 44.84 2.36%
1994 2,499,098,200 44.47 2.35%
1993 2,441,669,150 44.11 2.41%
1992 2,384,187,715 43.74 2.38%
1991 2,328,780,104 43.40 2.54%
1990 2,271,130,944 43.03 2.60%
1989 2,213,536,856 42.67 2.59%
1988 2,157,626,294 42.31 2.65%
1987 2,101,834,427 41.95 2.68%
1986 2,047,040,177 41.58 2.67%
1985 1,993,865,001 41.22 2.65%
1984 1,942,474,557 40.86 2.65%
1983 1,892,420,773 40.50 2.66%
1982 1,843,335,917 40.15 2.78%
1981 1,793,552,547 39.77 2.86%
1980 1,743,754,296 39.35 2.82%
1979 1,695,889,127 38.94 2.83%
1978 1,649,217,794 38.53 2.64%
1977 1,606,765,720 38.20 2.44%
1976 1,568,425,508 37.94 2.48%
1975 1,530,457,371 37.69 2.47%
1974 1,493,546,941 37.46 2.66%
1973 1,454,827,837 37.19 2.63%
1972 1,417,515,045 36.96 2.61%
1971 1,381,496,807 36.75 2.68%
1970 1,345,474,754 36.55 2.62%
1969 1,311,109,827 36.37 2.64%
1968 1,277,369,632 36.17 2.64%
1967 1,244,509,201 35.96 2.65%
1966 1,212,398,058 35.75 2.67%
1965 1,180,824,727 35.56 2.69%
1964 1,149,870,744 35.34 3.20%
1963 1,114,226,228 34.94 3.23%
1962 1,079,414,304 34.56 3.04%
1961 1,047,559,112 34.12 2.80%
1960 1,019,029,723 33.62 %