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Number of countries with a given minimum urban population threshold

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What you should know about this indicator

  • There is no consistent definition of what constitutes an 'urban area'. This is highly variable across countries. This data presents the number of countries with given minimum thresholds of inhabitants needed for an area to be defined an 'urban area'. For many countries, there is no defined threshold based on inhabitants; other metrics such as population density, infrastructure, or even pre-defined cities may be used.
  • Note that some countries with minimum inhabitant thresholds noted here also require additional qualities (such as population density) to be met.
Number of countries with a given minimum urban population threshold
The number of countries which have adopted a given minimum population threshold (number of inhabitants) for classification of an 'urban area'.
Source
United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2018) – with major processing by Our World in Data
Last updated
January 17, 2024
Date range
2018–2018
Unit
countries

Sources and processing

This data is based on the following sources

This dataset is derived from the World Urbanization Prospects, providing comprehensive data on global urbanization trends, including population figures, urban and rural population distributions, and projections for future urban growth.

Retrieved on
January 17, 2024
Citation
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United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2018). World Urbanization Prospects: The 2018 Revision, Online Edition.

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“Data Page: Number of countries with a given minimum urban population threshold”, part of the following publication: Hannah Ritchie, Veronika Samborska and Max Roser (2024) - “Urbanization”. Data adapted from United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. Retrieved from https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/countries-with-minimum-urban-threshold [online resource]
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United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2018) – with major processing by Our World in Data

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United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2018) – with major processing by Our World in Data. “Number of countries with a given minimum urban population threshold” [dataset]. United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division, “World Urbanization Prospects Dataset” [original data]. Retrieved July 12, 2024 from https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/countries-with-minimum-urban-threshold