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Who Are the Biggest City-Dwellers?

Population in Cities of More Than 1 million (As % of Population) (%), 2019
Society | December 31, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 121 countries in 2019, Singapore ranked the highest in population in cities of more than 1 million as a share of population with 100% followed by Hong Kong and Puerto Rico. On the other end of the scale was Ethiopia with 4.10%, Poland with 4.68% and Nepal with 4.81%.

Average population in cities of more than 1 million as a share of population reached 24.2% in 2019 in the World according to the National Statistical Office. This is 0.859 % less than in the previous year and 9.05 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, average population in cities of more than 1 million as a share of population reached an all time high of 24.2% in 2019 and an all time low of 14.1% in 1960. The average annual growth amounted to 0.901 % since 1960.

Data for more countries are available at Population in Cities of More Than 1 million (As % of Population) indicator page.

Population in Cities of More Than 1 million (As % of Population) Unit 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Australia % 59.8% 60.0% 60.3% 60.5% 60.7%
Congo % 58.8% 59.9% 61.0% 62.1% 63.1%
Hong Kong % 99.6% 99.5% 99.4% 99.5% 99.6%
Israel % 56.9% 57.2% 57.3% 57.5% 57.7%
Japan % 63.5% 63.7% 63.9% 64.1% 64.4%
Kuwait % 65.8% 66.1% 67.0% 68.3% 70.1%
Mongolia % 44.1% 44.8% 45.5% 46.3% 47.1%
Paraguay % 43.1% 43.7% 44.4% 45.0% 45.7%
Puerto Rico % 68.7% 69.8% 70.9% 72.2% 73.9%
Saudi Arabia % 44.9% 45.1% 45.5% 46.0% 46.6%
Singapore % 99.3% 99.6% 100% 100% 100%
South Korea % 50.1% 50.0% 50.0% 50.0% 50.2%
USA % 45.1% 45.3% 45.5% 45.7% 46.0%
United Arab Emirates % 47.4% 50.1% 52.7% 55.1% 57.5%
Uruguay % 49.8% 49.9% 50.0% 50.2% 50.3%