Unicef: An Urban World

The graphic depicted here shows countries and territories with 2050 urban populations exceeding 100,000. Circles are scaled in proportion to urban population size.


United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), Population Division special updated estimates of urban population as of October 2011, consistent with World Population Prospects: The 2010 revision and World Urbanization Prospects: The 2009 revision. Graphic presentation of data based on The Guardian, 27 July 2007.

This map is stylized and based on an approximate scale. It does not reflect a position by UNICEF on the legal status of any country or territory or the delimitation of any frontiers.


Because of the cession in July 2011 of the Republic of South Sudan by the Republic of the Sudan, and its subsequent admission to the United Nations on 14 July 2011, data for the Sudan and South Sudan as separate States are not yet available. Data presented are for the Sudan pre-cession.

Data for China do not include Hong Kong and Macao, Special Administrative Regions of China. Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China as of 1 July 1997; Macao became a SAR of China as of 20 December 1999.

Data for France do not include French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte and Reunion.

Data for the Netherlands do not include the Netherlands Antilles.

Data for the United States of America do not include Puerto Rico and United States Virgin Islands.

This visualization was created by Periscopic – do good with data.


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