Urbanization Facts and Figures

Exactly 30 years ago, the United Nations convened the Habitat I conference in Vancouver in 1976. However, it would be true to say that in 1976, rapid urbanization and its impacts were barely on the radar screen of the UN, especially as only one-third of humanity lived in urban areas. Then, the world's population was primarily rural. But since then, the world has started to witness the greatest and fastest migration into cities and towns in history. Now, 30 years later, the proportion of people living in urban areas has risen to fifty percent and will continue to grow to two-thirds, or 6 billion people, by 2050.

Date: 
2006
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The copyright of this document remains with United Nations Human Settlements Program
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