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Ranking of countries
by urban population

Total number of urban residents

7 August 2012: Countries where more than 100 million people already live in urban areas include China (601 million), India (352 million), the USA (254 million), Brazil (169 million), Indonesia (129 million) and Russia (103 million).

Table 1: Urbanisation in selected countries between 1950 and 2030
Table 2: Urban population in 122 countries together with their largest cities
Table 3: Countries with the largest number of people living in urban areas
Table 4: Countries with the highest proportion of people living in urban areas

Countries with the largest urban populations

Rank
Country
Total population (millions)
Urban population (millions)
Urban population as percentage of total (2010)
Urban population as percentage of total (2030 estimate)
1
China
1,338.3m
600.9m
44.9
60.3
2
India
1,170.9m
352.5m
30.1
40.7
3
USA
309.1m
254.3m
82.3
87.0
4
Brazil
194.9m
168.6m
86.5
91.1
5
Indonesia
239.9m
128.8m
53.7
68.9
6
Russia
141.8m
103.2m
72.8
75.7
7
Mexico
113.4m
88.2m
77.8
82.8
8
Japan
127.5m
85.1m
66.8
73.7
9
Nigeria
158.4m
78.9m
49.8
66.0
10
Pakistan
173.6m
64.2m
37.0
49.8
11
Philippines
93.3m
61.9m
66.4
76.7
12
Germany
81.7m
60.3m
73.8
80.0
13
UK
62.2m
56.1m
90.1
92.2
14
Iran
74.0m
51.4m
69.5
77.9
15
Turkey
72.8m
50.6m
69.6
77.7
16
France
64.9m
50.5m
77.8
82.9
17
Bangladesh
148.7m
41.8m
28.1
39.9
18
Italy
60.5m
41.4m
68.4
74.6
19
South Korea
48.9m
40.0m
81.9
86.3
20
Argentina
40.4m
37.3m
92.4
93.2
21
Spain
46.1m
35.7m
77.4
81.9
22
Colombia
46.3m
34.8m
75.1
80.3
23
Egypt
81.1m
34.7m
42.8
53.9
24
Ukraine
45.9m
31.2m
68.1
75.2
25
South Africa
50.0m
30.8m
61.7
71.3
26
Canada
34.1m
27.5m
80.6
84.4
27
Venezuela
28.8m
27.1m
94.0
97.1
28
Vietnam
86.9m
25.0m
28.8
41.8
29
Algeria
35.5m
23.6m
66.5
76.2
30
Thailand
69.1m
23.5m
34.0
45.8
31
Poland
38.2m
23.4m
61.2
70.0
32
Congo Dem Republic
66.0m
23.2m
35.2
49.2
33
Saudi Arabia
27.4m
22.9m
83.6
86.2
34
Iraq
32.0m
21.3m
66.4
71.3
35
Peru
29.1m
20.8m
71.6
79.3
36
Malaysia
28.4m
20.5m
72.2
81.9
37
Australia
22.3m
19.9m
89.1
91.9
38
Morocco
32.0m
18.1m
56.7
72.7
39
Myanmar (Burma)
48.0m
16.3m
33.9
48.4
40
North Korea
24.3m
15.4m
63.4
72.4
41
Chile
17.1m
15.2m
89.0
92.3
42
Ethiopia
82.9m
14.6m
17.6
27.1
43
Netherlands
16.6m
13.8m
82.9
88.6
44
Ghana
24.4m
12.6m
51.5
64.8
45
Tanzania
44.8m
11.8m
26.4
38.7
46
Romania
21.4m
11.7m
54.6
63.1
47
Cameroon
19.6m
11.4m
58.4
71.5
48
Angola
19.1m
11.2m
58.5
68.2
49
Syria
20.4m
11.2m
54.9
61.0
50
Belgium
10.9m
10.6m
97.4
97.8
51
Uzbekistan
28.2m
10.4m
36.9
46.1
52
Cote d'Ivoire
19.7m
9.9m
50.1
n/a
53
Ecuador
14.5m
9.7m
66.9
74.2
54
Kazakhstan
16.3m
9.5m
58.5
66.9
55
Mozambique
23.4m
9.0m
38.4
53.7
56
Kenya
40.5m
9.0m
22.2
33.0
57
Cuba
11.3m
8.5m
75.7
77.3
58
Afghanistan
34.4m
8.5m
24.8
36.3
59
Sweden
9.4m
7.9m
84.7
87.5
60
Czech Republic
10.5m
7.7m
73.5
78.0
61
Yemen
24.1m
7.6m
31.8
41.7
62
Belarus
9.5m
7.1m
74.3
81.7
63
Tunisia
10.5m
7.1m
67.3
75.1
64
Guatemala
14.4m
7.1m
49.5
60.6
65
Israel
7.6m
7.0m
91.7
93.0
66
Dominican Republic
9.9m
7.0m
70.5
80.0
67
Greece
11.3m
6.9m
61.4
67.4
68
Hungary
10.0m
6.8m
68.3
76.1
69
Bolivia
9.9m
6.6m
66.5
75.2
70
Portugal
10.6m
6.5m
60.7
71.4
71
Madagascar
20.7m
6.3m
30.2
39.3
72
United Arab Emirates
7.5m
5.9m
78.0
80.5
73
Zimbabwe
15.5m
5.9m
38.3
50.7
74
Switzerland
7.8m
5.8m
73.6
83.1
75
Austria
8.4m
5.7m
67.6
73.1
76
Nepal
30.0m
5.5m
18.2
30.6
77
Bulgaria
7.5m
5.4m
71.7
77.8
78
Senegal
12.4m
5.3m
42.9
53.2
79
Singapore
5.1m
5.1m
100.0
100.0
80
Mali
15.4m
5.1m
33.3
47.4
81
Libya
6.4m
5.0m
77.9
90.0
82
Haiti
10.0m
5.0m
49.6
56.0
83
Denmark
5.5m
4.8m
87.2
89.1
84
Jordan
6.0m
4.7m
78.5
88.5
85
Azerbaijan
9.0m
4.7m
52.2
59.2
86
Zambia
12.9m
4.6m
35.7
44.7
87
Uganda
33.4m
4.4m
13.3
20.7
88
Paraguay
6.5m
4.0m
61.5
71.9
89
New Zealand
4.4m
3.8m
86.8
89.5
90
Norway
4.9m
3.8m
77.6
81.9
91
El Salvador
6.2m
3.8m
61.3
69.8
92
Serbia
7.3m
3.8m
52.4
62.8
93
Lebanon
4.2m
3.7m
87.2
90.0
94
Honduras
7.6m
3.7m
48.8
60.3
95
Finland
5.4m
3.4m
63.9
68.8
96
Burkina Faso
16.5m
3.4m
20.4
32.5
97
Nicaragua
5.8m
3.3m
57.3
67.9
98
Cambodia
14.1m
3.2m
22.8
37.0
99
Uruguay
3.4m
3.1m
92.5
94.3
100
Slovakia
5.4m
3.1m
56.8
64.7
101
Chad
11.2m
3.1m
27.6
41.2
102
Sri Lanka
20.9m
3.1m
15.1
21.4
103
Costa Rica
4.7m
3.0m
64.3
73.8
104
Ireland
4.5m
2.8m
61.9
70.4
105
Kuwait
2.7m
2.7m
98.4
98.7
106
Panama
3.5m
2.6m
74.8
83.6
107
Croatia
4.4m
2.6m
57.8
66.5
108
Niger
15.5m
2.6m
16.7
27.0
109
Liberia
4.0m
2.5m
61.5
31.3
110
Georgia
4.5m
2.4m
52.9
60.4
111
Sierra Leone
5.9m
2.3m
38.4
59.5
112
Oman
2.8m
2.0m
71.7
76.4
113
Armenia
3.1m
2.0m
63.7
69.1
114
Bosnia-Herzegovina
3.8m
1.8m
48.6
61.7
115
Qatar
1.8m
1.7m
95.8
96.9
116
Jamaica
2.7m
1.5m
53.7
64.3
117
Albania
3.2m
1.5m
48.0
62.7
118
Mauritania
3.5m
1.4m
41.4
51.7
119
Botswana
2.0m
1.2m
61.1
72.7
120
Bahrain
1.3m
1.1m
88.6
98.9
121
Eritrea
5.3m
1.1m
21.6
34.4
122
Burundi
8.4m
0.9m
11.0
20.8
Data source: World Bank

Table 1: Urbanisation in selected countries between 1950 and 2030
Table 2: Urban population in 122 countries together with their largest cities
Table 4: Countries with the highest proportion of people living in urban areas








The 2016 World
Mayor Finalists


NORTH AMERICA
• Hamilton (Canada)
• Rutland (USA)

EUROPE
• Amstelveen (Netherlands)
• Athens (Greece)
• Barcelona (Spain)
• Cologne (Germany)
• Gdansk (Poland)
• Grande-Synthe (France)
• Lahr (Germany)
• Lampedusa (Italy)
• Lesbos (Greece)
• Mechelen (Belgium)
• Schwäbisch Gmünd (Germany)

MIDDLE EAST
• Aleppo (Syria)
• Kilis (Turkey)

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