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People > Percentage living in rural areas.: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Percentage of people living in rural areas. Data for 2003. Urban-rural classification of population in internationally published statistics follows the national census definition, which differs from one country or area to another. National definitions are usually based on criteria that may include any of the following: size of population in a locality, population density, distance between built-up areas, predominant type of economic activity, legal or administrative boundaries and urban characteristics such as specific services and facilities.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Bhutan 91% 2003
2 Burundi 90% 2003
3 Uganda 88% 2003
4 Papua New Guinea 87% 2003
5 Nepal 85% 2003
=6 Ethiopia 84% 2003
=6 Malawi 84% 2003
=6 Solomon Islands 84% 2003
=9 Burkina Faso 82% 2003
=9 Rwanda 82% 2003
=9 Lesotho 82% 2003
12 Cambodia 81% 2003
13 Eritrea 80% 2003
14 Sri Lanka 79% 2003
=15 Liechtenstein 78% 2003
=15 Samoa 78% 2003
=15 Niger 78% 2003
=18 Afghanistan 77% 2003
=18 Vanuatu 77% 2003
South Asia average (profile) 76.4% 2003
=20 Swaziland 76% 2003
=20 Bangladesh 76% 2003
=22 Tajikistan 75% 2003
=22 Chad 75% 2003
=24 The Gambia 74% 2003
=24 Yemen 74% 2003
=24 Vietnam 74% 2003
27 Madagascar 73% 2003
28 India 72% 2003
=29 Maldives 71% 2003
=29 Burma 71% 2003
South and Central Asia average (profile) 70.77% 2003
31 Saint Lucia 70% 2003
=32 Thailand 68% 2003
=32 Saint Kitts and Nevis 68% 2003
=32 Mali 68% 2003
=32 Democratic Republic of the Congo 68% 2003
=32 Namibia 68% 2003
37 Tonga 67% 2003
=38 Pakistan 66% 2003
=38 Guinea-Bissau 66% 2003
=38 Kyrgyzstan 66% 2003
=41 Tanzania 65% 2003
=41 Guinea 65% 2003
=41 Zimbabwe 65% 2003
=41 Somalia 65% 2003
=41 Togo 65% 2003
=41 Comoros 65% 2003
=47 Angola 64% 2003
=47 Mozambique 64% 2003
=47 Zambia 64% 2003
failed states average (profile) 63.43% 2003
=50 Uzbekistan 63% 2003
=50 Haiti 63% 2003
Sub-Saharan Africa average (profile) 62.63% 2003
=52 Sao Tome and Principe 62% 2003
=52 Antigua and Barbuda 62% 2003
=52 Guyana 62% 2003
=55 Sierra Leone 61% 2003
=55 Sudan 61% 2003
=55 Kenya 61% 2003
58 Grenada 59% 2003
59 Egypt 58% 2003
Landlocked countries average (profile) 57.59% 2003
=60 Central African Republic 57% 2003
=60 Mauritius 57% 2003
=62 Bosnia and Herzegovina 56% 2003
=62 Albania 56% 2003
=64 Turkmenistan 55% 2003
=64 Aruba 55% 2003
=64 Ghana 55% 2003
=64 Benin 55% 2003
Former French colonies average (profile) 54.43% 2003
=68 Indonesia 54% 2003
=68 Moldova 54% 2003
=68 Guatemala 54% 2003
=68 Honduras 54% 2003
=72 Liberia 53% 2003
=72 Nigeria 53% 2003
=72 Kiribati 53% 2003
Former British colonies average (profile) 52.29% 2003
Hot countries average (profile) 52.05% 2003
=75 Belize 52% 2003
=75 Equatorial Guinea 52% 2003
=77 Senegal 50% 2003
=77 Syria 50% 2003
=77 Azerbaijan 50% 2003
=77 Seychelles 50% 2003
=81 Cameroon 49% 2003
=81 Slovenia 49% 2003
Muslim countries average (profile) 48.02% 2003
=83 Serbia and Montenegro 48% 2003
=83 Barbados 48% 2003
=83 Georgia 48% 2003
=83 Fiji 48% 2003
=83 Botswana 48% 2003
=83 Jamaica 48% 2003
=83 French Polynesia 48% 2003
Former Soviet republics average (profile) 45.2% 2003
=90 Portugal 45% 2003
=90 Tuvalu 45% 2003
=90 Romania 45% 2003
Religious countries average (profile) 45% 2003
=93 Cape Verde 44% 2003
=93 Kazakhstan 44% 2003
=95 Slovakia 43% 2003
=95 Panama 43% 2003
=95 Morocco 43% 2003
=95 Paraguay 43% 2003
=95 Mongolia 43% 2003
=95 South Africa 43% 2003
=95 Nicaragua 43% 2003
102 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 42% 2003
Christian countries average (profile) 41.86% 2003
=103 Dominican Republic 41% 2003
=103 Republic of Macedonia 41% 2003
=103 Algeria 41% 2003
=103 Croatia 41% 2003
Eastern Europe average (profile) 40.94% 2003
=107 Ireland 40% 2003
=107 El Salvador 40% 2003
Heavily indebted countries average (profile) 39.1% 2003
=109 Finland 39% 2003
=109 Costa Rica 39% 2003
=109 Philippines 39% 2003
=109 Greece 39% 2003
=109 New Caledonia 39% 2003
Latin America and Caribbean average (profile) 38.44% 2003
=114 Ecuador 38% 2003
=114 Mauritania 38% 2003
=114 Poland 38% 2003
117 Bolivia 37% 2003
Catholic countries average (profile) 36.76% 2003
=118 Malaysia 36% 2003
=118 Armenia 36% 2003
=118 Tunisia 36% 2003
Cold countries average (profile) 35.54% 2003
Emerging markets average (profile) 35.21% 2003
=121 Hungary 35% 2003
=121 Japan 35% 2003
=123 Netherlands 34% 2003
=123 Turkey 34% 2003
=123 Austria 34% 2003
=123 Latvia 34% 2003
=123 Marshall Islands 34% 2003
Former Spanish colonies average (profile) 33.2% 2003
=128 Italy 33% 2003
=128 Lithuania 33% 2003
=128 Ukraine 33% 2003
=128 Iran 33% 2003
=128 Iraq 33% 2003
Europe average (profile) 32.07% 2003
133 Switzerland 32% 2003
=134 Palau 31% 2003
=134 Estonia 31% 2003
=134 Cyprus 31% 2003
=137 Netherlands Antilles 30% 2003
=137 Cook Islands 30% 2003
=137 Bulgaria 30% 2003
Eurozone average (profile) 29.5% 2003
European Union average (profile) 29.36% 2003
NATO countries average (profile) 29.3% 2003
140 Belarus 29% 2003
141 Dominica 28% 2003
Middle Eastern and North Africa average (profile) 27.5% 2003
142 Russia 27% 2003
OPEC countries average (profile) 26.27% 2003
=143 Czech Republic 26% 2003
=143 Peru 26% 2003
High income OECD countries average (profile) 25.17% 2003
=145 Trinidad and Tobago 25% 2003
=145 Mexico 25% 2003
=145 French Guiana 25% 2003
=148 France 24% 2003
=148 Colombia 24% 2003
=148 Suriname 24% 2003
=148 Spain 24% 2003
=148 Cuba 24% 2003
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 22.14% 2003
153 Oman 22% 2003
=154 Norway 21% 2003
=154 Jordan 21% 2003
=156 Canada 20% 2003
=156 South Korea 20% 2003
=156 United States 20% 2003
=159 Sweden 17% 2003
=159 Brazil 17% 2003
=161 Gabon 16% 2003
=161 Djibouti 16% 2003
=163 Denmark 15% 2003
=163 United Arab Emirates 15% 2003
=165 Libya 14% 2003
=165 New Zealand 14% 2003
=167 Lebanon 13% 2003
=167 Chile 13% 2003
=169 Venezuela 12% 2003
=169 Saudi Arabia 12% 2003
=169 Germany 12% 2003
=172 United Kingdom 11% 2003
=172 The Bahamas 11% 2003
=172 San Marino 11% 2003
=175 Bahrain 10% 2003
=175 American Samoa 10% 2003
=175 Argentina 10% 2003
178 Reunion 9% 2003
=179 Luxembourg 8% 2003
=179 Andorra 8% 2003
=179 Qatar 8% 2003
=179 Israel 8% 2003
=179 Malta 8% 2003
=184 Uruguay 7% 2003
=184 Iceland 7% 2003
=186 Virgin Islands 6% 2003
=186 Guam 6% 2003
=186 Western Sahara 6% 2003
=186 Northern Mariana Islands 6% 2003
=190 Martinique 4% 2003
=190 Kuwait 4% 2003
=192 Puerto Rico 3% 2003
=192 Belgium 3% 2003

Citation

"Countries Compared by People > Percentage living in rural areas.. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", Population Division of the United Nations Secretariat, World Urbanization Prospects: The 2003 Revision, Data Tables and Highlights. Estimates and projections of urban and rural populations are made by the Population Division of the United Nations Secretariat and published every two years. These estimates and projections are based on national census or survey data that have been evaluated and, whenever necessary, adjusted for deficiencies and inconsistencies. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/People/Percentage-living-in-rural-areas.

People > Percentage living in rural areas.: Countries Compared Map

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Interesting observations about People > Percentage living in rural areas.

  • Uganda ranked first for percentage living in rural areas. amongst Hot countries in 2003.
  • Burundi ranked first for percentage living in rural areas. amongst Christian countries in 2003.
  • Burkina Faso ranked first for percentage living in rural areas. amongst Muslim countries in 2003.
  • India ranked first for percentage living in rural areas. amongst Emerging markets in 2003.
  • Bhutan ranked first for percentage living in rural areas. globally in 2003.
  • Liechtenstein ranked first for percentage living in rural areas. amongst Europe in 2003.
  • Malawi ranked first for percentage living in rural areas. amongst Heavily indebted countries in 2003.
  • Slovenia ranked first for percentage living in rural areas. amongst European Union in 2003.
  • Albania ranked first for percentage living in rural areas. amongst NATO countries in 2003.
  • Guatemala ranked first for percentage living in rural areas. amongst Former Spanish colonies in 2003.

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Lobby, you got it right. Perhaps their aim is to keep countries poor. Everyone knows that cities and urban centres is where wealth is created. that's why developed countries use very few people and lots of technology to produce all their food and even surplus, because people are occupied in higehr paid jobs in cities.
Is it any wonder why the world bank and imf always get it wrong wherever they go?

Posted on 17 May 2011

MichaelM

MichaelM

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I can see that the percentage of rural population among countries is indirectly related to their economic development, even if there are some countries that do not follow such a function. By rural population, what comes to someones mind is agricultural based economy,( while that of urban population is industry or service-based one).

I still wonder why the IMF, World Bank, EU.. put pressure on poor countries to focus on agricultural based economy so that their relatively very high rural population is kept constant in the midst of hunger, poverty and lack to development.

Posted on 19 Jan 2010

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