Rural Population (As % of Total) fell to 76.4% in Swaziland in 2017

Rural Population (As % of Total) (%)
Society | Swaziland | February 1, 2019
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Rural population as a share of total population reached 76.4 % in 2017 in Swaziland, according to the National Statistical Office. This is 0.217 % less than in the previous year.

Historically, rural population as a share of total population in Swaziland reached an all time high of 96.1 % in 1960 and an all time low of 76.4 % in 2017. When compared to Swaziland's main peers, rural population as a share of total population in Botswana amounted to 31.3 %, 72.3 % in Lesotho, 64.5 % in Mozambique and 34.2 % in South Africa in 2017.

Swaziland has been ranked 14th within the group of 172 countries we follow in terms of rural population as a share of total population, 1 places behind the position seen 10 years ago.

Rural population refers to people living in rural areas as defined by national statistical offices.

Rural Population (As % of Total) Unit 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Botswana % 36.1% 35.2% 34.4% 33.6% 32.8%
Lesotho % 74.7% 74.3% 73.9% 73.5% 73.1%
Malawi % 84.3% 84.2% 84.0% 83.9% 83.7%
Mozambique % 67.7% 67.2% 66.6% 66.1% 65.6%
Namibia % 57.4% 56.3% 55.2% 54.2% 53.1%
South Africa % 37.3% 36.7% 36.2% 35.7% 35.2%
Swaziland % 77.3% 77.2% 77.0% 76.9% 76.7%
Tanzania % 71.2% 70.5% 69.8% 69.1% 68.4%
Zambia % 60.1% 59.6% 59.1% 58.6% 58.1%
Zimbabwe % 67.0% 67.2% 67.3% 67.5% 67.6%