The World’s Cities in 2016

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In 2016, an estimated 54.5 per cent of the world’s population lived in urban settlements. By 2030, urban areas are projected to house 60 per cent of people globally and one in every three people will live in cities with at least half a million inhabitants. Understanding the key trends in urbanization likely to unfold over the coming years is crucial to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and for efforts to forge a new framework of urban development during the Habitat III conference scheduled to be held in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. This data booklet highlights current and future trajectories of populations in cities around the globe, drawing on population estimates and projections published in World Urbanization Prospects: The 2014 Revision.

Sustainable Development Goals:

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What is a city?

The world’s cities are growing in both size and number

One in five people worldwide lives in a city with more than 1 million inhabitants

Most megacities are located in the global South

The share of the population residing in cities is projected to increase in all regions

Most of the world’s fastest growing cities are located in Asia and Africa

Fifty-five cities have experienced population decline since 2000

In 28 countries or areas, more than 40 per cent of the urban population is concentrated in a single city of more than one million inhabitants

Most cities are vulnerable to at least one type of natural disaster

A majority of city dwellers live in cities that face high risk of disaster-related mortality or economic losses


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