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Urban Population

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More than half of the world’s population lives in cities today. This proportion is expected to increase to 66 per cent by 2050. According to the UN’s World Urbanization Prospects “the urban population of the world has grown rapidly from 746 million in 1950 to 3.9 billion in 2014. Asia, despite its lower level of urbanization, is home to 53 per cent of the world’s urban population, followed by Europe with 14 per cent and Latin America and the Caribbean with 13 per cent. […] Overall, nearly half of the world’s 3.9 billion urban dwellers reside in relatively small settlements with fewer than 500,000 inhabitants, while only around one in eight live in the 28 mega-cities with 10 million inhabitants or more. Many of the fastest growing cities in the world are relatively small urban settlements.”

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Technical Notes

Territory size shows the proportion of all people living in urban areas, that live in that territory in 2014. The colour overlay shows the people living in urban areas as a per cent share of the total population.

Data sources
This map uses data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division published in the World Urbanization Prospects: The 2014 Revision (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.

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