World Urbanization Prospects,
prepared by the United Nations Population
Division, provides a comprehensive and
consistent set of urban and rural population
data for the world's countries and areas, as
well as for urban agglomerations with more than
750,000 inhabitants in 2009. The data referring
to urban and rural areas cover the period
1950-2050 and those referring to urban
agglomerations cover the period 1950-2025.
Detailed results from the
are available for purchase in two sets of files,
distributed on a single CD-ROM.
files are prepared in Excel 2003, which is
compatible with all versions since Excel 5.0/95.
The CD-ROM version launches a navigation
interface upon insertion that provides direct
access to the files.
In the data
sets, figures for 1950-2009 are estimates and
those for years beyond 2009 are projections. To
the exception of a selected set of annual
indicators, estimates and projections are
presented for years that are multiples of five.
The urban, rural and city data presented are
consistent with the medium variant of the
the official United Nations population estimates
and projections at the national level.
description of the CD-ROM can be found