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Urbanization Rate Worldwide:
The estimates and projections or urbanization rate are based on national census or survey data that have been evaluated and, whenever necessary, adjusted for deficiencies and inconsistencies by the United Nations Department of Economics and Social Affairs.
Urban-rural classification of population in internationally published statistics follows the national census definition, which differs from one country or area to another.
National definitions are usually based on criteria that may include any of the following: size of population in a locality, population density, distance between built-up areas, predominant type of economic activity, legal or administrative boundaries and urban characteristics such as specific services and facilities.
       
 
Country    2005     2000     1990     1980     1970     1960     1950 
Argentina 0.906 0.895 0.870 0.829 0.789 0.736 0.653
United Kingdom 0.892 0.889 0.887 0.879 0.771 0.784 0.790
Germany 0.885 0.875 0.853 0.826 0.796 0.761 0.719
Brazil 0.842 0.811 0.747 0.662 0.558 0.449 0.360
Sweden 0.834 0.833 0.831 0.831 0.811 0.726 0.658
Canada 0.811 0.794 0.766 0.757 0.757 0.689 0.608
South Korea 0.808 0.796 0.738 0.569 0.407 0.277 0.214
USA 0.808 0.791 0.753 0.737 0.736 0.700 0.642
Spain 0.767 0.763 0.754 0.728 0.660 0.566 0.519
France 0.767 0.757 0.741 0.733 0.711 0.620 0.543
Mexico 0.760 0.747 0.725 0.663 0.590 0.508 0.427
Czech Republic 0.745 0.741 0.752 0.746 0.520 0.458 0.409
Russia 0.733 0.733 0.734 0.698 0.625 0.537 0.447
Iran 0.681 0.644 0.563 0.496 0.419 0.341 0.270
Italy 0.675 0.672 0.667 0.666 0.643 0.594 0.543
Turkey 0.673 0.647 0.592 0.438 0.384 0.297 0.213
Hungary 0.659 0.640 0.620 0.569 0.485 0.426 0.393
Japan 0.657 0.652 0.631 0.569 0.532 0.431 0.349
Malaysia 0.651 0.618 0.498 0.420 0.335 0.266 0.204
Philippines 0.626 0.585 0.488 0.375 0.330 0.303 0.271
Poland 0.620 0.617 0.607 0.579 0.523 0.479 0.387
Romania 0.547 0.546 0.532 0.461 0.403 0.342 0.255
World 0.492 0.471 0.432 0.392 0.360 0.329 0.291
Indonesia 0.479 0.420 0.306 0.221 0.171 0.146 0.124
Egypt 0.423 0.421 0.434 0.438 0.422 0.379 0.319
China 0.400 0.358 0.274 0.196 0.174 0.160 0.125
Thailand 0.325 0.311 0.294 0.268 0.209 0.197 0.165
India 0.287 0.277 0.255 0.231 0.198 0.180 0.173
Vietnam 0.267 0.243 0.203 0.194 0.183 0.147 0.116
Source: UN World Urbanization Prospects, 2005 Revision.
 
 
 
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