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Electricity Access Urban 2014

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This map shows where people who have electricity supplied to their homes live. Electricity access includes that sourced from a publicly used grid and self-generated electricity (possibly from solar, wind or hydroelectric sources). This map shows access, not the quantities of electricity used.

The percentage of people with access to electricity in their own homes is almost 100% in Eastern Asia, Eastern Europe, North America, Western Europe and Japan, on the other end 10 out of the 10 territories with the lowest access to electricity are in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Electricity in homes can be used to power lighting, heating, cooking, radios, televisions, computers, washing machines, and other appliances.


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Technical Notes

Territory size shows the proportion of all urban populations with some electrical power in their homes living there that year.

Data sources
This map uses data by the United Nations Statistics Division’s SDG Indicators Global Database [Indicator 7.1.1] (last accessed March 2018). We aim to map as complete data as possible and therefore estimate data for missing values. In some cases, missing data for very small territories is not used in the cartogram and that area is therefore omitted in the map.

All modification to the original data source are noted in our data sheets. Data for this map will soon be available as a download.

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