Population in Cities of More Than 1 million (As % of Population) fell to 24.6% in Iraq in 2017

Population in Cities of More Than 1 million (As % of Population) (%)
Society | Iraq | May 17, 2019
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Population in cities of more than 1 million as a share of population reached 24.6 % in 2017 in Iraq, according to the National Statistical Office. This is 0.416 % less than in the previous year.

Historically, population in cities of more than 1 million as a share of population in Iraq reached an all time high of 30.4 % in 1992 and an all time low of 19.6 % in 1960. When compared to Iraq's main peers, population in cities of more than 1 million as a share of population in Iran amounted to 25.8 %, 68.7 % in Kuwait, 46.8 % in Saudi Arabia and 28.7 % in Syria in 2017.

Iraq has been ranked 50th within the group of 123 countries we follow in terms of population in cities of more than 1 million as a share of population, 9 places behind the position seen 10 years ago.

The population in urban agglomerations of more than one million is the percentage of a country's population living in metropolitan areas that have a population of more than one million people.

Population in Cities of More Than 1 million (As % of Population) Unit 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Bahrain % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Iran % 25.6% 25.7% 25.7% 25.7% 25.7%
Iraq % 25.6% 25.4% 25.2% 25.0% 24.8%
Jordan % 19.4% 19.3% 19.2% 19.3% 19.5%
Kuwait % 65.7% 65.0% 64.5% 64.5% 65.2%
Lebanon % 44.4% 42.4% 40.4% 38.9% 38.1%
Pakistan % 19.8% 20.0% 20.2% 20.3% 20.5%
Saudi Arabia % 44.8% 44.9% 45.1% 45.4% 45.7%
Syria % 27.3% 24.2% 22.2% 20.9% 23.7%
Turkey % 36.4% 36.7% 36.8% 36.9% 36.9%
Turkmenistan % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
United Arab Emirates % 45.0% 46.3% 48.4% 50.8% 53.3%
Yemen % 8.91% 8.99% 9.08% 9.17% 9.27%