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

Definitions

  • 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 United Kingdom United States HISTORY
Population in the largest city > % of urban population 15.48%
Ranked 95th. 2 times more than United States
7.67%
Ranked 109th.

Population in urban agglomerations of more than 1 million > % of total population 25.66%
Ranked 35th.
44.64%
Ranked 9th. 74% more than United Kingdom

Rural population 6.17 million
Ranked 64th.
55.26 million
Ranked 10th. 9 times more than United Kingdom

Rural population > % of total population 9.98%
Ranked 176th.
18%
Ranked 160th. 80% more than United Kingdom

Rural population growth > Annual % -0.13%
Ranked 125th.
-0.69%
Ranked 156th. 5 times more than United Kingdom

Urban population 55.66 million
Ranked 14th.
251.75 million
Ranked 4th. 5 times more than United Kingdom

Urban population > % of total 89.7%
Ranked 22nd. 11% more than United States
80.8%
Ranked 37th.

Urban population growth > Annual % 0.76%
Ranked 163th.
1.33%
Ranked 131st. 75% more than United Kingdom

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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