World 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.
  • World urban population for 2019 was 4,274,233,734, a 1.89% increase from 2018.
  • World urban population for 2018 was 4,195,089,794, a 1.93% increase from 2017.
  • World urban population for 2017 was 4,115,703,862, a 1.98% increase from 2016.
  • World urban population for 2016 was 4,035,619,197, a 2.02% increase from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Urban Population
World 4,274,233,734
East Asia & Pacific 1,401,721,126
OECD members 1,098,912,701
South Asia 632,092,764
Latin America & Caribbean 522,741,498
Sub-Saharan Africa 450,673,319
European Union 334,423,609
North America 301,355,428
Euro Area 264,546,016
World Urban Population - Historical Data
Year Population % of Total Change
2019 4,274,233,734 55.71 1.89%
2018 4,195,089,794 55.27 1.93%
2017 4,115,703,862 54.82 1.98%
2016 4,035,619,197 54.37 2.02%
2015 3,955,764,304 53.91 2.03%
2014 3,876,971,983 53.46 2.04%
2013 3,799,326,293 53.01 2.05%
2012 3,722,957,741 52.56 2.06%
2011 3,647,814,401 52.10 2.07%
2010 3,573,952,638 51.65 2.19%
2009 3,497,462,582 51.15 2.22%
2008 3,421,413,898 50.65 2.26%
2007 3,345,860,451 50.14 2.24%
2006 3,272,638,490 49.65 2.28%
2005 3,199,838,225 49.15 2.31%
2004 3,127,696,869 48.64 2.32%
2003 3,056,824,664 48.14 2.33%
2002 2,987,277,074 47.64 2.35%
2001 2,918,728,963 47.14 2.27%
2000 2,853,933,219 46.69 2.16%
1999 2,793,615,015 46.31 2.18%
1998 2,734,083,518 45.94 2.22%
1997 2,674,820,705 45.57 2.24%
1996 2,616,119,677 45.20 2.27%
1995 2,558,047,052 44.84 2.37%
1994 2,498,870,182 44.47 2.35%
1993 2,441,382,523 44.10 2.41%
1992 2,384,004,785 43.74 2.37%
1991 2,328,716,099 43.40 2.54%
1990 2,271,138,819 43.03 2.60%
1989 2,213,545,877 42.67 2.59%
1988 2,157,627,901 42.31 2.65%
1987 2,101,828,254 41.95 2.68%
1986 2,047,026,776 41.58 2.67%
1985 1,993,782,214 41.22 2.64%
1984 1,942,407,268 40.86 2.64%
1983 1,892,367,904 40.50 2.66%
1982 1,843,297,194 40.15 2.77%
1981 1,793,528,644 39.77 2.86%
1980 1,743,722,173 39.35 2.82%
1979 1,695,861,620 38.94 2.83%
1978 1,649,194,900 38.53 2.64%
1977 1,606,748,149 38.20 2.44%
1976 1,568,412,286 37.94 2.46%
1975 1,530,725,750 37.69 2.49%
1974 1,493,537,976 37.46 2.69%
1973 1,454,353,259 37.19 2.60%
1972 1,417,507,114 36.96 2.61%
1971 1,381,489,381 36.75 2.63%
1970 1,346,144,968 36.56 2.62%
1969 1,311,781,021 36.37 2.69%
1968 1,277,398,906 36.17 2.59%
1967 1,245,091,965 35.97 2.64%
1966 1,213,038,272 35.76 2.67%
1965 1,181,452,110 35.57 2.69%
1964 1,150,484,868 35.35 3.20%
1963 1,114,825,029 34.95 3.22%
1962 1,079,996,581 34.57 3.04%
1961 1,048,126,251 34.12 2.90%
1960 1,018,574,174 33.61 %