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Rural Population (As % of Total) (%), 2017 or latest
Society | May 17, 2019
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Based on a comparison of 171 countries in 2017, Burundi ranked the highest in rural population as a share of total population with 87.3% followed by Papua New Guinea and Liechtenstein. On the other end of the scale was Qatar with 0.922%, Kuwait with 1.64% and Belgium with 2.04%.

Average rural population as a share of total population reached 45.2% in 2017 in the World according to the National Statistical Office. This is 1 % less 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 45.2% in 2017. The average annual growth amounted to -0.673 % since 1960.

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

Rural Population (As % of Total) Unit 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Afghanistan % 76.1% 75.8% 75.6% 75.4% 75.2%
Burundi % 89.1% 88.8% 88.5% 88.2% 87.9%
Cambodia % 79.3% 79.0% 78.6% 78.2% 77.8%
Chad % 77.9% 77.9% 77.8% 77.6% 77.5%
Ethiopia % 82.3% 81.8% 81.4% 81.0% 80.6%
Liechtenstein % 85.6% 85.6% 85.7% 85.7% 85.7%
Malawi % 84.3% 84.2% 84.0% 83.9% 83.7%
Nepal % 82.9% 82.5% 82.2% 81.8% 81.4%
Niger % 83.8% 83.8% 83.8% 83.8% 83.8%
Papua New Guinea % 87.0% 87.0% 87.0% 87.0% 87.0%
Rwanda % 83.1% 83.1% 83.1% 83.0% 83.0%
South Sudan % 82.0% 81.8% 81.6% 81.4% 81.1%
Sri Lanka % 81.8% 81.8% 81.8% 81.8% 81.7%
Swaziland % 77.3% 77.2% 77.0% 76.9% 76.7%
Uganda % 80.1% 79.6% 79.0% 78.5% 77.9%