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Rural population, percent of total population, 2023:

The average for 2023 based on 196 countries was 38.64 percent. The highest value was in Papua New Guinea: 86.28 percent and the lowest value was in Bermuda: 0 percent. The indicator is available from 1960 to 2023. Below is a chart for all countries where data are available.

Measure: percent; Source: The World Bank
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Countries Rural population, percent, 2023 Global rank Available data
Papua N.G. 86.28 1 1960 - 2023
Liechtenstein 85.38 2 1960 - 2023
Burundi 85.22 3 1960 - 2023
Niger 82.95 4 1960 - 2023
Samoa 82.49 5 1960 - 2023
Rwanda 82.11 6 1960 - 2023
Malawi 81.72 7 1960 - 2023
Saint Lucia 80.83 8 1960 - 2023
Sri Lanka 80.79 9 1960 - 2023
Nepal 78.1 10 1960 - 2023
Ethiopia 76.84 11 1960 - 2023
Tonga 76.84 12 1960 - 2023
Micronesia 76.62 13 1960 - 2023
Ant.& Barb. 75.67 14 1960 - 2023
Chad 75.63 15 1960 - 2023
Swaziland 75.21 16 1960 - 2023
Cambodia 74.43 17 1960 - 2023
Vanuatu 74.02 18 1960 - 2023
Solomon Isl. 73.96 19 1960 - 2023
Uganda 73.23 20 1960 - 2023
Afghanistan 73.07 21 1960 - 2023
Guyana 72.84 22 1960 - 2023
Tajikistan 71.77 23 1960 - 2023
Kenya 70.48 24 1960 - 2023
Comoros 69.87 25 1960 - 2023
Lesotho 69.58 26 1960 - 2023
Barbados 68.57 27 1960 - 2023
Burma 67.89 28 1960 - 2023
Burkina Faso 67.48 29 1960 - 2023
Zimbabwe 67.48 30 1960 - 2023
Sudan 63.66 31 1960 - 2023
India 63.64 32 1960 - 2023
Grenada 62.94 33 1960 - 2023
Tanzania 62.59 34 1960 - 2023
Kyrgyzstan 62.2 35 1960 - 2023
Pakistan 61.96 36 1960 - 2023
Guinea 61.92 37 1960 - 2023
Laos 61.75 38 1960 - 2023
Mozambique 61.25 39 1960 - 2023
Vietnam 60.52 40 1960 - 2023
Yemen 60.17 41 1960 - 2023
Bangladesh 59.53 42 1960 - 2023
Madagascar 59.44 43 1960 - 2023
Mauritius 59.13 44 1960 - 2023
Maldives 58.03 45 1960 - 2023
Faroe Isl. 57.01 46 1960 - 2023
Egypt 56.9 47 1960 - 2023
Eritrea 56.73 48 1960 - 2023
Moldova 56.63 49 1960 - 2023
C.A. Republic 56.39 50 1960 - 2023
Aruba 55.75 51 1960 - 2023
Sierra Leone 55.7 52 1960 - 2023
Bhutan 55.65 53 1960 - 2023
Togo 55.51 54 1960 - 2023
G.-Bissau 54.53 55 1960 - 2023
Mali 53.81 56 1960 - 2023
Zambia 53.67 57 1960 - 2023
Belize 53.39 58 1960 - 2023
DR Congo 52.56 59 1960 - 2023
Somalia 52.08 60 1960 - 2023
Philippines 51.71 61 1960 - 2023
Senegal 50.42 62 1960 - 2023
Benin 49.9 63 1960 - 2023
Bosnia & Herz. 49.73 64 1960 - 2023
Uzbekistan 49.47 65 1960 - 2023
Guatemala 46.9 66 1960 - 2023
Ivory Coast 46.85 67 1960 - 2023
Tr.&Tobago 46.56 68 1960 - 2023
Liberia 46.43 69 1960 - 2023
Thailand 46.39 70 1960 - 2023
Turkmenistan 46 71 1960 - 2023
Slovakia 45.97 72 1960 - 2023
Nigeria 45.72 73 1960 - 2023
St. Vincent & ... 45.7 74 1960 - 2023
Romania 45.33 75 1960 - 2023
Namibia 45.11 76 1960 - 2023
Slovenia 43.91 77 1960 - 2023
Serbia 42.89 78 1960 - 2023
Jamaica 42.62 79 1960 - 2023
Syria 42.59 80 1960 - 2023
Azerbaijan 42.42 81 1960 - 2023
Mauritania 42.3 82 1960 - 2023
Kiribati 42.24 83 1960 - 2023
Kazakhstan 41.82 84 1960 - 2023
Indonesia 41.43 85 1960 - 2023
Croatia 41.42 86 1960 - 2023
Fiji 41.29 87 1960 - 2023
Seychelles 41.18 88 1960 - 2023
Ghana 40.76 89 1960 - 2023
Cameroon 40.69 90 1960 - 2023
North Macedonia 40.52 91 1960 - 2023
Austria 40.47 92 1960 - 2023
Haiti 40.34 93 1960 - 2023
Nicaragua 40.15 94 1960 - 2023
Honduras 39.79 95 1960 - 2023
Poland 39.78 96 1960 - 2023
Georgia 39.27 97 1960 - 2023
Paraguay 36.85 98 1960 - 2023
North Korea 36.8 99 1960 - 2023
Armenia 36.26 100 1960 - 2023
Gambia 35.53 101 1960 - 2023
Ireland 35.53 102 1960 - 2023
China 35.43 103 1960 - 2023
Albania 35.4 104 1960 - 2023
Ecuador 35.21 105 1960 - 2023
Morocco 34.88 106 1960 - 2023
Tuvalu 33.76 107 1960 - 2023
Suriname 33.59 108 1960 - 2023
Cyprus 33.01 109 1960 - 2023
Portugal 32.09 110 1960 - 2023
Cape Verde 32.02 111 1960 - 2023
Montenegro 31.5 112 1960 - 2023
Latvia 31.33 113 1960 - 2023
Angola 31.31 114 1960 - 2023
Lithuania 31.31 115 1960 - 2023
South Africa 31.18 116 1960 - 2023
Mongolia 30.91 117 1960 - 2023
R. of Congo 30.81 118 1960 - 2023
Panama 30.49 119 1960 - 2023
Estonia 30.19 120 1960 - 2023
Ukraine 29.91 121 1960 - 2023
Tunisia 29.46 122 1960 - 2023
Bolivia 28.81 123 1960 - 2023
Iraq 28.4 124 1960 - 2023
Italy 28.03 125 1960 - 2023
Dominica 27.99 126 1960 - 2023
N. Caledonia 27.28 127 1960 - 2023
Hungary 27.14 128 1960 - 2023
Botswana 27.13 129 1960 - 2023
Switzerland 25.8 130 1960 - 2023
Eq. Guinea 25.55 131 1960 - 2023
Czechia 25.45 132 1960 - 2023
Algeria 24.73 133 1960 - 2023
Russia 24.67 134 1960 - 2023
El Salvador 24.61 135 1960 - 2023
S.T.&Principe 23.6 136 1960 - 2023
Bulgaria 23.3 137 1960 - 2023
Iran 22.74 138 1960 - 2023
Turkey 22.54 139 1960 - 2023
Palestine 22.42 140 1960 - 2023
Germany 22.24 141 1960 - 2023
Djibouti 21.45 142 1960 - 2023
Malaysia 21.28 143 1960 - 2023
Peru 21.08 144 1960 - 2023
Brunei 20.85 145 1960 - 2023
Greece 19.33 146 1960 - 2023
Belarus 19.27 147 1960 - 2023
South Korea 18.54 148 1960 - 2023
Spain 18.45 149 1960 - 2023
Mexico 18.42 150 1960 - 2023
Libya 18.39 151 1960 - 2023
France 18.22 152 1960 - 2023
Canada 18.14 153 1960 - 2023
Colombia 17.65 154 1960 - 2023
Palau 17.59 155 1960 - 2023
Costa Rica 17.38 156 1960 - 2023
USA 16.7 157 1960 - 2023
Bahamas 16.38 158 1960 - 2023
Norway 16 159 1960 - 2023
Domin. Rep. 15.55 160 1960 - 2023
UK 15.36 161 1960 - 2023
Saudi Arabia 15.05 162 1960 - 2023
Finland 14.23 163 1960 - 2023
Australia 13.38 164 1960 - 2023
New Zealand 13.02 165 1960 - 2023
Andorra 12.23 166 1960 - 2023
UA Emirates 12.22 167 1960 - 2023
Brazil 12.21 168 1960 - 2023
Chile 11.99 169 1960 - 2023
Oman 11.6 170 1960 - 2023
Venezuela 11.56 171 1960 - 2023
Denmark 11.51 172 1960 - 2023
Sweden 11.26 173 1960 - 2023
Lebanon 10.57 174 1960 - 2023
Bahrain 10.13 175 1960 - 2023
Gabon 8.97 176 1960 - 2023
Jordan 7.98 177 1960 - 2023
Japan 7.96 178 1960 - 2023
Luxembourg 7.92 179 1960 - 2023
Argentina 7.54 180 1960 - 2023
Israel 7.15 181 1960 - 2023
Netherlands 6.82 182 1960 - 2023
Puerto Rico 6.37 183 1960 - 2023
Iceland 5.96 184 1960 - 2023
Malta 5.06 185 1960 - 2023
Uruguay 4.23 186 1960 - 2023
San Marino 2.16 187 1960 - 2023
Belgium 1.81 188 1960 - 2023
Qatar 0.65 189 1960 - 2023
Bermuda 0 190 1960 - 2023
Gibraltar 0 191 1960 - 2023
Hong Kong 0 192 1960 - 2023
Kuwait 0 193 1960 - 2023
Macao 0 194 1960 - 2023
Monaco 0 195 1960 - 2023
Singapore 0 196 1960 - 2023



Definition: Rural population refers to people living in rural areas as defined by national statistical offices. It is calculated as the difference between total population and urban population.

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17.38
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