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Rural population, percent of total population, 2022:

The average for 2022 based on 53 countries was 51.76 percent. The highest value was in Burundi: 85.58 percent and the lowest value was in Gabon: 9.27 percent. The indicator is available from 1960 to 2022. 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, 2022 Global rank Available data
Burundi 85.58 1 1960 - 2022
Niger 83.11 2 1960 - 2022
Rwanda 82.28 3 1960 - 2022
Malawi 82.02 4 1960 - 2022
Ethiopia 77.34 5 1960 - 2022
Chad 75.94 6 1960 - 2022
Swaziland 75.42 7 1960 - 2022
Uganda 73.84 8 1960 - 2022
Kenya 71 9 1960 - 2022
Comoros 70.14 10 1960 - 2022
Lesotho 70.06 11 1960 - 2022
Burkina Faso 68.12 12 1960 - 2022
Zimbabwe 67.61 13 1960 - 2022
Sudan 64.04 14 1960 - 2022
Tanzania 63.32 15 1960 - 2022
Guinea 62.33 16 1960 - 2022
Mozambique 61.81 17 1960 - 2022
Madagascar 60.12 18 1960 - 2022
Mauritius 59.19 19 1960 - 2022
Eritrea 57.38 20 1960 - 2022
Egypt 57.03 21 1960 - 2022
C.A. Republic 56.88 22 1960 - 2022
Sierra Leone 56.17 23 1960 - 2022
Togo 56.08 24 1960 - 2022
G.-Bissau 54.96 25 1960 - 2022
Mali 54.56 26 1960 - 2022
Zambia 54.24 27 1960 - 2022
DR Congo 53.16 28 1960 - 2022
Somalia 52.68 29 1960 - 2022
Senegal 50.91 30 1960 - 2022
Benin 50.47 31 1960 - 2022
Ivory Coast 47.34 32 1960 - 2022
Liberia 46.94 33 1960 - 2022
Nigeria 46.48 34 1960 - 2022
Namibia 46.04 35 1960 - 2022
Mauritania 43.08 36 1960 - 2022
Seychelles 41.6 37 1960 - 2022
Ghana 41.38 38 1960 - 2022
Cameroon 41.27 39 1960 - 2022
Gambia 36.15 40 1960 - 2022
Morocco 35.4 41 1960 - 2022
Cape Verde 32.46 42 1960 - 2022
Angola 31.92 43 1960 - 2022
South Africa 31.67 44 1960 - 2022
R. of Congo 31.26 45 1960 - 2022
Tunisia 29.79 46 1960 - 2022
Botswana 27.78 47 1960 - 2022
Eq. Guinea 25.99 48 1960 - 2022
Algeria 25.23 49 1960 - 2022
S.T.&Principe 24.25 50 1960 - 2022
Djibouti 21.62 51 1960 - 2022
Libya 18.7 52 1960 - 2022
Gabon 9.27 53 1960 - 2022



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.
85.58
83.11
82.28
82.02
77.34
75.94
75.42
73.84
71.00
70.14
70.06
68.12
67.61
64.04
63.32
62.33
61.81
60.12
59.19
57.38
57.03
56.88
56.17
56.08
54.96
54.56
54.24
53.16
52.68
50.91
50.47
47.34
46.94
46.48
46.04
43.08
41.60
41.38
41.27
36.15
35.40
32.46
31.92
31.67
31.26
29.79
27.78
25.99
25.23
24.25
21.62
18.70
9.27
0
21.4
42.8
64.2
85.58
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