Urban Population (As % of Total Population) rose to 83.6% in Saudi Arabia in 2017

Urban Population (As % of Total Population) (%)
Society | Saudi Arabia | May 17, 2019
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Urban population as a percentage of total population reached 83.6 % in 2017 in Saudi Arabia, according to the National Statistical Office. This is 0.265 % more than in the previous year.

Historically, urban population as a percentage of total population in Saudi Arabia reached an all time high of 83.6 % in 2017 and an all time low of 31.3 % in 1960. When compared to Saudi Arabia's main peers, urban population as a percentage of total population in Iraq amounted to 70.3 %, 90.7 % in Jordan, 86.2 % in United Arab Emirates and 36.0 % in Yemen in 2017.

Saudi Arabia has been ranked 31st within the group of 178 countries we follow in terms of urban population as a percentage of total population, 2 places above the position seen 10 years ago.

Urban population refers to people living in urban areas as defined by national statistical offices.

Urban Population (As % of Total Population) Unit 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Bahrain % 88.7% 88.8% 88.8% 88.9% 89.0%
Djibouti % 77.1% 77.1% 77.2% 77.3% 77.4%
Eritrea % 35.8% 21.4% 21.8% 22.2% ... ... ...
Iran % 71.2% 71.8% 72.3% 72.8% 73.4%
Iraq % 69.3% 69.4% 69.6% 69.8% 69.9%
Israel % 91.9% 92.0% 92.0% 92.1% 92.2%
Jordan % 87.2% 88.2% 89.1% 90.0% 90.3%
Kuwait % 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Oman % 76.2% 77.6% 78.9% 80.1% 81.4%
Qatar % 98.6% 98.7% 98.8% 98.9% 98.9%
Saudi Arabia % 82.3% 82.5% 82.7% 83.0% 83.2%
Syria % 54.6% 53.6% 52.5% 51.5% 52.2%
United Arab Emirates % 84.4% 84.7% 85.1% 85.4% 85.7%
Yemen % 32.4% 33.0% 33.6% 34.2% 34.8%