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Sunday, 28 October 2018

According to the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) what percentage of world’s total population is currently living in urban areas?

  By GK Planet Team       Sunday, 28 October 2018
Q. According to the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) what percentage of world’s total population is currently living in urban areas?
  1. 25
  2. 35
  3. 45
  4. 55
Answer: 55

55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 68% by 2050. Projections show that urbanization, the gradual shift in residence of the human population from rural to urban areas, combined with the overall growth of the world’s population could add another 2.5 billion people to urban areas by 2050, with close to 90% of this increase taking place in Asia and Africa, according to a new United Nations dataset launched today.

The 2018 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects produced by the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) notes that future increases in the size of the world’s urban population are expected to be highly concentrated in just a few countries. Together, India, China and Nigeria will account for 35% of the projected growth of the world’s urban population between 2018 and 2050. By 2050, it is projected that India will have added 416 million urban dwellers, China 255 million and Nigeria 189 million.
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