Human Development Data for the Arab States

Population, urban (% of population)

De facto population living in areas classified as urban according to the criteria used by each area or country as of 1 July.

Source: UNDESA (2010)


Country/Region 1980 1990 2000 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Algeria 43.5 52.1 59.8 63.3 64 64.6 65.3 65.9 66.5 67.1
Bahrain 86.1 88.1 88.4 88.4 88.4 88.5 88.5 88.6 88.6 88.7
Comoros 23.2 27.9 28.1 27.9 27.9 27.9 28 28.1 28.2 28.3
Djibouti 72.1 75.7 76 76 76 76.1 76.1 76.2 76.2 76.3
Egypt 43.9 43.5 42.8 43 43.1 43.1 43.2 43.3 43.4 43.5
Iraq 65.5 69.7 67.8 66.9 66.7 66.6 66.4 66.3 66.2 66.1
Jordan 59.9 72.2 78.3 78.3 78.3 78.4 78.4 78.5 78.5 78.6
Kuwait 94.8 98 98.2 98.3 98.3 98.3 98.3 98.4 98.4 98.4
Lebanon 73.7 83.1 86 86.6 86.7 86.9 87 87.1 87.2 87.4
Libya 70.1 75.7 76.4 77 77.2 77.3 77.5 77.7 77.9 78.1
Mauritania 27.4 39.7 40 40.4 40.6 40.7 40.9 41.2 41.4 41.7
Morocco 41.2 48.4 53.3 55.2 55.8 56.4 57 57.6 58.2 58.8
Occupied Palestinian Territory 62.4 67.9 72 73.1 73.3 73.5 73.7 73.9 74.1 74.4
Oman 47.6 66.1 71.6 71.9 72.1 72.3 72.6 72.8 73 73.3
Qatar 89.4 92.2 94.9 95.4 95.5 95.6 95.7 95.8 95.8 95.9
Saudi Arabia 65.9 76.6 79.8 81 81.2 81.4 81.6 81.9 82.1 82.3
Somalia 26.8 29.7 33.2 35.2 35.6 36.1 36.5 37 37.4 37.9
Sudan 20 26.6 33.4 36.5 37.2 37.9 38.6 39.4 40.1 40.8
Syrian Arab Republic 46.7 48.9 51.9 53.8 54.2 54.5 54.9 55.3 55.7 56.2
Tunisia 50.6 57.9 63.4 65.3 65.7 66.1 66.5 66.9 67.3 67.7
United Arab Emirates 80.7 79.1 80.3 82.3 82.6 83 83.4 83.7 84.1 84.4
Yemen 16.5 20.9 26.3 28.9 29.5 30.1 30.6 31.2 31.8 32.4
Arab States 44.4 49.7 52.7 54.3 54.7 55.1 55.5 55.9 56.3 56.7
East Asia & Pacific (developing only) 21.3 28.1 36.6 41.8 42.6 43.3 44 44.7 45.4 46.1
Europe & Central Asia (developing only) 58.1 62.8 63.2 63.6 63.8 63.9 64.1 64.3 64.5 64.7
Latin America & Caribbean (developing only) 64.2 70.3 75.3 77.6 78 78.4 78.8 79.1 79.5 79.8
Least Developed Countries: UN classification 17.3 20.9 24.6 26.8 27.2 27.7 28.2 28.7 29.2 29.7
OECD Members 68.3 71.5 74.1 75.5 75.8 76.1 76.4 76.6 76.9 77.2
South Asia 23.5 26.5 29 30.2 30.5 30.8 31.1 31.4 31.7 32
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only) 24 28.2 32.5 34.7 35.1 35.6 36.1 36.5 37 37.5
World 38.9 42.5 46.3 48.6 49 49.3 49.7 50.1 50.5 50.9


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