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This e-book provides estimates and projections for the interval 1950-2030, at the measurement and development of city and rural populations for all international locations and for all city agglomerations that had at the least 750,000 population in 2000. except the wealth of records offered, it additionally analyzes the customers of urbanization and town progress on this planet; describes the method used for estimations and projections; and lists the resources of knowledge that underlie the estimation of city inhabitants. This revision updates and supersedes past estimates and projections released via the United international locations.

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Europe .............................................. Latin America and the Caribbean ..... Northern America ............................. Oceania ............................................. 1 1. 3 PERCENTAGE URBAN AND RATE OF URBANIZATION OF THE WORLD, BY MAJOR AREA, SELECTED PERIODS: 1950-2030 Percentage urban Rate of urbanization (per cent) Major area 1950 1975 2000 2030 1950-1975 1975-2000 2000-2030 World.. Africa.. Asia.................................................. Europe .............................................

Thus, while in 1950 only a quarter of the 228 countries or areas in the world had more than 45 per cent of their population living in urban areas, by 2000 half had 56 per cent or more of their population living in urban areas. If the country-level projections presented in this volume prove correct, by 2030 over three-quarters of all countries or areas will have over half of their population living in urban areas. In almost all countries, the size of the urban population increased as the proportion urban rose.

Latin America and the Caribbean, whose rural population rose from 97 million in 1950 to 127 million in 2000, is expected to see its rural population drop to 109 million in 2030, or by 14 per cent during 2000-2030. 11. 0 ! as 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2020 2030 Period + Africa 4 Asia 4 Europe 4 Latin America and the Caribbean -X- Northem America reaching 53 million. But it is Europe where the rural population is likely to drop the most, by 30 per cent (from 199 million in 2000 to 140 million in 2030).

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