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People > Urbanization: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: 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. 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..

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 MonacoMonaco 100 2002
2 NauruNauru 100 2002
3 GibraltarGibraltar 100 2002
4 GuadeloupeGuadeloupe 100 2002
5 BermudaBermuda 100 2002
6 SingaporeSingapore 100 2002
7 BelgiumBelgium 97 2002
8 Western SaharaWestern Sahara 96 2002
9 KuwaitKuwait 96 2002
10 MartiniqueMartinique 95 2002
11 BahrainBahrain 93 2002
12 QatarQatar 93 2002
13 IcelandIceland 93 2002
14 LuxembourgLuxembourg 92 2002
15 AndorraAndorra 92 2002
16 IsraelIsrael 92 2002
17 UruguayUruguay 92 2002
18 AustraliaAustralia 91 2002
19 MaltaMalta 91 2002
20 NetherlandsNetherlands 90 2002
21 LebanonLebanon 90 2002
22 United KingdomUnited Kingdom 90 2002
23 San MarinoSan Marino 90 2002
24 The BahamasThe Bahamas 89 2002
25 LibyaLibya 88 2002
26 ArgentinaArgentina 88 2002
27 GermanyGermany 88 2002
28 VenezuelaVenezuela 87 2002
29 Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia 87 2002
30 United Arab EmiratesUAE 87 2002
31 New ZealandNew Zealand 86 2002
32 ChileChile 86 2002
33 DenmarkDenmark 85 2002
34 DjiboutiDjibouti 84 2002
35 South KoreaSouth Korea 83 2002
36 SwedenSweden 83 2002
37 GabonGabon 82 2002
38 BrazilBrazil 82 2002
Group of 7 countries (G7) averageGroup of 7 countries (G7) average 79.43 2002
39 CanadaCanada 79 2002
40 JordanJordan 79 2002
41 JapanJapan 79 2002
42 SpainSpain 78 2002
43 New CaledoniaNew Caledonia 78 2002
44 OmanOman 77 2002
45 United StatesUnited States 77 2002
High income OECD countries averageHigh income OECD countries average 76.74 2002
46 FranceFrance 76 2002
47 CubaCuba 76 2002
48 Puerto RicoPuerto Rico 76 2002
49 NorwayNorway 75 2002
50 ColombiaColombia 75 2002
51 SurinameSuriname 75 2002
52 Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad+ 75 2002
53 MexicoMexico 75 2002
54 French GuianaFrench Guiana 75 2002
55 Czech RepublicCzech Republic 75 2002
OPEC countries averageOPEC countries average 73.45 2002
56 PeruPeru 73 2002
57 RussiaRussia 73 2002
Middle Eastern and North Africa averageMiddle Eastern and North Africa average 73 2002
58 ReunionReunion 72 2002
Eurozone averageEurozone average 72 2002
European Union averageEuropean Union average 71.64 2002
NATO countries averageNATO average 71.59 2002
59 DominicaDominica 71 2002
60 CyprusCyprus 70 2002
61 BelarusBelarus 70 2002
Europe averageEurope average 69.22 2002
62 PalauPalau 69 2002
63 Netherlands AntillesN. Antilles 69 2002
64 EstoniaEstonia 69 2002
65 LithuaniaLithuania 69 2002
Non-religious countries averageNon-religious countries average 68.33 2002
Tourist destinations averageTourist destinations average 68.11 2002
66 UkraineUkraine 68 2002
67 ItalyItaly 67 2002
68 ArmeniaArmenia 67 2002
69 BulgariaBulgaria 67 2002
70 AustriaAustria 67 2002
71 IraqIraq 67 2002
72 SwitzerlandSwitzerland 67 2002
Former Spanish colonies averageFormer Spanish colonies average 66.95 2002
73 TurkeyTurkey 66 2002
74 Dominican RepublicDominican Rep. 66 2002
75 PortugalPortugal 66 2002
76 Marshall IslandsMarshall Isl. 66 2002
77 TunisiaTunisia 66 2002
78 HungaryHungary 65 2002
79 IranIran 65 2002
80 SeychellesSeychelles 65 2002
81 Cape VerdeCape Verde 64 2002
Cold countries averageCold countries average 63.49 2002
Catholic countries averageCatholic countries average 63.49 2002
Heavily indebted countries averageHeavily indebted countries average 63.45 2002
Latin America and Caribbean averageLatin America and Caribbean average 63.03 2002
82 EcuadorEcuador 63 2002
83 BoliviaBolivia 63 2002
84 PolandPoland 63 2002
Emerging markets averageEmerging markets average 62.24 2002
85 El SalvadorEl Salvador 62 2002
86 North KoreaNorth Korea 61 2002
87 Costa RicaCosta Rica 60 2002
88 GreeceGreece 60 2002
89 LatviaLatvia 60 2002
Eastern Europe averageEastern Europe average 59.06 2002
90 FinlandFinland 59 2002
91 IrelandIreland 59 2002
92 PhilippinesPhilippines 59 2002
93 MauritaniaMauritania 59 2002
94 Republic of MacedoniaMacedonia Rep. 59 2002
95 Cook IslandsCook Islands 59 2002
Christian countries averageChristian countries average 58.93 2002
96 SlovakiaSlovakia 58 2002
97 MalaysiaMalaysia 58 2002
98 South AfricaSouth Africa 58 2002
99 AlgeriaAlgeria 58 2002
100 CroatiaCroatia 58 2002
101 PanamaPanama 57 2002
102 GeorgiaGeorgia 57 2002
103 ParaguayParaguay 57 2002
104 JamaicaJamaica 57 2002
105 MongoliaMongolia 57 2002
106 NicaraguaNicaragua 57 2002
Sparsely populated countries averageSparsely populated countries average 56.35 2002
107 MoroccoMorocco 56 2002
108 Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSt Vincent+ 56 2002
109 KazakhstanKazakhstan 56 2002
Former Soviet republics averageFormer Soviet republics average 55.07 2002
110 RomaniaRomania 55 2002
111 HondurasHonduras 54 2002
Religious countries averageReligious countries average 53.86 2002
112 American SamoaAmerican Samoa 53 2002
113 TuvaluTuvalu 53 2002
114 Northern Mariana IslandsN. Mariana 53 2002
115 French PolynesiaFr. Polynesia 53 2002
116 Serbia and MontenegroSerbia+ 52 2002
117 SyriaSyria 52 2002
118 AzerbaijanAzerbaijan 52 2002
Muslim countries averageMuslim countries average 51.47 2002
119 BarbadosBarbados 51 2002
120 ArubaAruba 51 2002
121 CameroonCameroon 50 2002
122 FijiFiji 50 2002
Former British colonies averageFormer British colonies average 49.44 2002
123 BotswanaBotswana 49 2002
124 SloveniaSlovenia 49 2002
125 Equatorial GuineaEqu. Guinea 49 2002
Hot countries averageHot countries average 48.82 2002
East Asia and Pacific averageEast Asia and Pacific average 48.31 2002
126 BelizeBelize 48 2002
127 SenegalSenegal 48 2002
128 Sao Tome and PrincipeSoa Tome+ 48 2002
129 Virgin IslandsVirgin Islands 47 2002
130 LiberiaLiberia 46 2002
131 TurkmenistanTurkmenistan 45 2002
132 NigeriaNigeria 45 2002
133 Cote d'IvoireCote d'Ivoire 44 2002
Former French colonies averageFormer French colonies average 43.68 2002
134 Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia+ 43 2002
135 AlbaniaAlbania 43 2002
136 BeninBenin 43 2002
137 EgyptEgypt 43 2002
138 IndonesiaIndonesia 42 2002
139 Central African RepublicCentral Africa 42 2002
140 MauritiusMauritius 42 2002
Landlocked countries averageLandlocked countries average 41.83 2002
141 MoldovaMoldova 41 2002
142 GuatemalaGuatemala 40 2002
143 GuamGuam 40 2002
144 ZambiaZambia 40 2002
145 KiribatiKiribati 39 2002
146 Saint LuciaSaint Lucia 38 2002
147 GrenadaGrenada 38 2002
Sub-Saharan Africa averageSub-Saharan Africa average 37.17 2002
148 Sierra LeoneSierra Leone 37 2002
149 UzbekistanUzbekistan 37 2002
150 SudanSudan 37 2002
151 ChinaChina 37 2002
152 HaitiHaiti 37 2002
153 Antigua and BarbudaAntigua+ 37 2002
154 ZimbabweZimbabwe 36 2002
155 GhanaGhana 36 2002
156 GuyanaGuyana 36 2002
Failed states averageFailed states average 35.4 2002
157 AngolaAngola 35 2002
158 KenyaKenya 34 2002
159 Saint Kitts and NevisSt Kitts+ 34 2002
160 TogoTogo 34 2002
161 KyrgyzstanKyrgyzstan 34 2002
162 ComorosComoros 34 2002
163 TanzaniaTanzania 33 2002
164 PakistanPakistan 33 2002
165 TongaTonga 33 2002
166 MozambiqueMozambique 33 2002
167 Guinea-BissauGuinea-Bissau 32 2002
168 The GambiaThe Gambia 31 2002
169 MaliMali 31 2002
170 Democratic Republic of the CongoCongo, DR. 31 2002
171 NamibiaNamibia 31 2002
172 MadagascarMadagascar 30 2002
South and Central Asia averageSouth and Central Asia average 29.15 2002
173 LesothoLesotho 29 2002
174 TajikistanTajikistan 28 2002
175 GuineaGuinea 28 2002
176 MaldivesMaldives 28 2002
177 IndiaIndia 28 2002
178 SomaliaSomalia 28 2002
179 BurmaBurma 28 2002
180 SwazilandSwaziland 27 2002
181 BangladeshBangladesh 26 2002
182 YemenYemen 25 2002
183 VietnamVietnam 25 2002
184 ChadChad 24 2002
South Asia averageSouth Asia average 23.2 2002
185 Sri LankaSri Lanka 23 2002
186 AfghanistanAfghanistan 22 2002
187 VanuatuVanuatu 22 2002
188 LiechtensteinLiechtenstein 22 2002
189 SamoaSamoa 22 2002
190 NigerNiger 21 2002
191 ThailandThailand 20 2002
192 Solomon IslandsSolomon Islands 20 2002
193 LaosLaos 20 2002
194 EritreaEritrea 19 2002
195 Papua New GuineaPapua NG 18 2002
196 CambodiaCambodia 18 2002
197 Burkina FasoBurkina Faso 17 2002
198 EthiopiaEthiopia 16 2002
199 MalawiMalawi 15 2002
200 UgandaUganda 15 2002
201 NepalNepal 12 2002
202 BurundiBurundi 9 2002
203 BhutanBhutan 7 2002
204 RwandaRwanda 6 2002

Citation

"All countries compared for People > Urbanization", Population Division of the United Nations Secretariat, World Urbanization Prospects: The 2001 Revision, Data Tables and Highlights (ESA/P/WP.173, 20 March 2002). Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/People/Urbanization

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Background

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Cost of living

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Crime

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Labor

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COUNTRIES COVERED
Rate of urbanization 230
Urban population 230

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I think for the statistics to be real , consideration of the area of the country should be made . Fertile lands are abundant in deveoloping countries, mostly in rural areas but still no tangible balance is featured in terms of immigration .
Can we speak of a new phenomenon such as ruralization of urban areas in developing countries ?

Posted on 03 Feb 2011

BAKRI JOURARA

BAKRI JOURARA

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Except urbanization is deliberate and focus, it may not result in positive development. There is the need for infrastructural development to move with urbanization

Posted on 23 Sep 2010

Dr Oyewole Charles I

Dr Oyewole Charles I

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As our rural areas become urbanized, competition for land increases; with land developers and government preferring estate development and infrastructures, to agricultural holdings; to the detriment of a nation that is already struggling with food insecurity. Except individual African government, with particular reference to Nigeria, attempt a deliberate incorporation of urban agriculture into our cities, we may soon be faced with acute food shortage, or high food price as demands out weigh supply. While preaching urbanization, there is the need to understand its implication on agricultural development; noting that over 65% of the population depends on agriculture for survival.

Posted on 29 Jul 2009

Dr Oyewole Charles Iledun

Dr Oyewole Charles Iledun

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Does urbanization bring about better governance?
Governance has more to do with the development of public institutions and accountability within a country than urbanization per se. Urbanization may necessarily involve construction of public infrastructure for housing, electricity, water supply and transportation, but better governance comes about with improved education levels, information flow, an effective legal system and other factors that would enhance and enforce accountability.

Posted on 24 Jan 2005

Suchita Vemuri<br> Staff Writer

Suchita Vemuri<br> Staff Writer

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Most nations with a high rate of urbanization are countries with limited habitable lands, many of them islands or small states, others with large uninhabitable desert areas.


Countries with a high rate of urbanization generally have a very high rate of industrialization. Poorer countries also show high rates of internal migration from rural to urban areas and uneven economic growth within the country.

Posted on 24 Jan 2005

Suchita Vemuri<br> Staff Writer

Suchita Vemuri<br> Staff Writer

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Hey - Use the green box on top of the page to get correlations.

Posted on 25 Nov 2004

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