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Rural Population (As % of Total) (%), 2019
Society | December 31, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 170 countries in 2019, Papua New Guinea ranked the highest in rural population as a share of total population with 86.8% followed by Burundi and Liechtenstein. On the other end of the scale was Qatar with 0.812%, Belgium with 1.96% and Uruguay with 4.57%.

Average rural population as a share of total population reached 44.3% in 2019 in the World according to the National Statistical Office. This is 0.992 % more than in the previous year and -10.3 % less than 10 years ago.

Historically, average rural population as a share of total population reached an all time high of 66.4% in 1960 and an all time low of 44.3% in 2019. The average annual growth amounted to -0.667 % since 1960.

Data for more countries are available at Rural Population (As % of Total) indicator page.

Rural Population (As % of Total) Unit 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Afghanistan % 75.6% 75.4% 75.2% 75.0% 74.8%
Burundi % 88.5% 88.2% 87.9% 87.6% 87.3%
Cambodia % 78.6% 78.2% 77.8% 77.4% 77.0%
Chad % 77.8% 77.6% 77.5% 77.3% 77.1%
Ethiopia % 81.4% 81.0% 80.6% 80.1% 79.7%
Liechtenstein % 85.7% 85.7% 85.7% 85.7% 85.7%
Malawi % 84.0% 83.9% 83.7% 83.5% 83.3%
Nepal % 82.2% 81.8% 81.4% 81.1% 80.7%
Niger % 83.8% 83.8% 83.8% 83.7% 83.7%
Papua New Guinea % 87.0% 87.0% 87.0% 87.0% 86.9%
Rwanda % 83.1% 83.0% 83.0% 82.9% 82.9%
South Sudan % 81.6% 81.4% 81.1% 80.9% 80.7%
Sri Lanka % 81.8% 81.8% 81.7% 81.7% 81.6%
Swaziland % 77.0% 76.9% 76.7% 76.5% 76.4%
Uganda % 79.0% 78.5% 77.9% 77.4% 76.8%