Rural population as a share of total population reached 79.7 % in 2017 in Ethiopia, according to the National Statistical Office. This is 0.554 % less than in the previous year.
Historically, rural population as a share of total population in Ethiopia reached an all time high of 93.6 % in 1960 and an all time low of 79.7 % in 2017. When compared to Ethiopia's main peers, rural population as a share of total population in Kenya amounted to 73.4 %, 55.6 % in Somalia and 65.6 % in Sudan in 2017.
Ethiopia has been ranked 10th within the group of 172 countries we follow in terms of rural population as a share of total population, 4 places behind the position seen 10 years ago.
Rural population refers to people living in rural areas as defined by national statistical offices.