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People > Density and urbanisation Stats: compare key data on France & 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 France United States HISTORY
Population in the largest city > % of urban population 21.43%
Ranked 78th. 3 times more than United States
7.67%
Ranked 109th.

Population in urban agglomerations of more than 1 million > % of total population 22.92%
Ranked 40th.
44.64%
Ranked 9th. 95% more than France

Rural population 14.04 million
Ranked 34th.
55.26 million
Ranked 10th. 4 times more than France

Rural population > % of total population 22.42%
Ranked 154th. 25% more than United States
18%
Ranked 160th.

Rural population growth > Annual % -0.43%
Ranked 143th.
-0.69%
Ranked 156th. 60% more than France

Urban population 48.58 million
Ranked 16th.
251.75 million
Ranked 4th. 5 times more than France

Urban population > % of total 76.7%
Ranked 46th.
80.8%
Ranked 37th. 5% more than France

Urban population growth > Annual % 0.83%
Ranked 159th.
1.33%
Ranked 131st. 60% more than France

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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