Between 1960 and 2015 the worldwide urban population was never growing less than 2 percent per year. In 2016, more than 54 percent of the worldwide population is living in cities. Especially the urban population in East Asia was growing rapidly in recent years.
For more precise information regarding the growth rate of cities from all over the world, it is not necessary to study statistic tables anymore. Duncan Smith, an urban geography researcher, created and published an interactive map about worldwide city population growths. It records the individual city population between 1950 and 2014 plus a forecast up to 2030. A substantial part of Duncan Smith’s map are datasets provided by World Urbanisation Prospects.
The radical transformation of a city is visualised through circles for 1950, 1990, 2015 and 2030. Each is proportional to the number of its inhabitants. Particularly striking are cities in South East Asia, Africa or Latin America. Their extremely fast growths is eye-catching.
Additionally, information like Largest Cities (in 1950, 1990, 2015 and 2030), Lowest Absolute Growth and Highest Absolute Growth (in 1950, 1990, 2015 and 2030) are provided on request.
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