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Share of population living in urban areas (percentages)

The share of urban population increased much faster in East and North-East Asia than in other subregions in the decades before 2015 (table 1.1).
Date
27 Mar 2017
Publisher
Asia-Pacific SDG Partnership

The share of urban population increased much faster in East and North-East Asia than in other subregions in the decades before 2015. China, Bangladesh, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam had the fastest increase in their share (ranging from 20 to 22 percentage points). On the other hand, Cambodia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Sri Lanka are the least urbanized. Nepal, Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka are among the top-ten least urbanized countries of the world.