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People > Density and urbanisation Stats: compare key data on China & United States

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  • Population in the largest city > % of urban population: Population in largest city is the percentage of a country's urban population living in that country's largest metropolitan area.
  • Population in urban agglomerations of more than 1 million > % of total population: Population in urban agglomerations of more than one million is the percentage of a country's population living in metropolitan areas that in 2000 had a population of more than one million people.
  • Rural population: 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.
  • Rural population > % of total population: 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.
  • Rural population growth > Annual %: 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.
  • Urban population: 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 Urbanisation Prospects.
  • Urban population > % of total: 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 Urbanisation Prospects.
  • Urban population growth > Annual %: 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 Urbanisation Prospects.
STAT China United States HISTORY
Population in the largest city > % of urban population 2.79%
Ranked 115th.
7.67%
Ranked 109th. 3 times more than China

Population in urban agglomerations of more than 1 million > % of total population 17.49%
Ranked 57th.
44.64%
Ranked 9th. 3 times more than China

Rural population 745.62 million
Ranked 2nd. 13 times more than United States
55.26 million
Ranked 10th.

Rural population > % of total population 56%
Ranked 66th. 3 times more than United States
18%
Ranked 160th.

Rural population growth > Annual % -1.08%
Ranked 167th. 57% more than United States
-0.69%
Ranked 156th.

Urban population 585.84 million
Ranked 1st. 2 times more than United States
251.75 million
Ranked 4th.

Urban population > % of total 40.4%
Ranked 136th.
80.8%
Ranked 37th. Twice as much as China

Urban population growth > Annual % 2.58%
Ranked 67th. 94% more than United States
1.33%
Ranked 131st.

SOURCES: United Nations, World Urbanisation Prospects.; The data on urban population shares used to estimate rural population come from the United Nations, World Urbanisation Prospects. Total population figures are World Bank estimates.; World Bank Staff estimates based on United Nations, World Urbanisation Prospects.

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