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Rural population, percent of total population, 2021 - Country rankings:

The average for 2021 based on 47 countries was 37.87 percent.The highest value was in Sri Lanka: 81.14 percent and the lowest value was in Hong Kong: 0 percent. The indicator is available from 1960 to 2021. 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, 2021 Global rank Available data
Sri Lanka 81.14 1 1960 - 2021
Nepal 78.99 2 1960 - 2021
Cambodia 75.33 3 1960 - 2021
Afghanistan 73.69 4 1960 - 2021
Tajikistan 72.27 5 1960 - 2021
Burma 68.55 6 1960 - 2021
India 64.61 7 1960 - 2021
Laos 63.06 8 1960 - 2021
Kyrgyzstan 62.85 9 1960 - 2021
Pakistan 62.56 10 1960 - 2021
Vietnam 61.95 11 1960 - 2021
Yemen 61.45 12 1960 - 2021
Bangladesh 61.05 13 1960 - 2021
Maldives 58.9 14 1960 - 2021
Bhutan 56.99 15 1960 - 2021
Philippines 52.32 16 1960 - 2021
Uzbekistan 49.57 17 1960 - 2021
Thailand 47.84 18 1960 - 2021
Turkmenistan 47 19 1960 - 2021
Syria 43.88 20 1960 - 2021
Azerbaijan 43.22 21 1960 - 2021
Indonesia 42.71 22 1960 - 2021
Kazakhstan 42.18 23 1960 - 2021
Georgia 40.13 24 1960 - 2021
China 37.49 25 1960 - 2021
North Korea 37.36 26 1960 - 2021
Armenia 36.57 27 1960 - 2021
Mongolia 31.22 28 1960 - 2021
Iraq 28.88 29 1960 - 2021
Iran 23.66 30 1960 - 2021
Palestine 23 31 1960 - 2021
Malaysia 22.3 32 1960 - 2021
Brunei 21.45 33 1960 - 2021
South Korea 18.59 34 1960 - 2021
Saudi Arabia 15.49 35 1960 - 2021
Oman 12.96 36 1960 - 2021
UA Emirates 12.7 37 1960 - 2021
Lebanon 10.91 38 1960 - 2021
Bahrain 10.38 39 1960 - 2021
Jordan 8.37 40 1960 - 2021
Japan 8.13 41 1960 - 2021
Israel 7.33 42 1960 - 2021
Qatar 0.72 43 1960 - 2021
Hong Kong 0 44 1960 - 2021
Kuwait 0 45 1960 - 2021
Macao 0 46 1960 - 2021
Singapore 0 47 1960 - 2021


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.
81.14
78.99
75.33
73.69
72.27
68.55
64.61
63.06
62.85
62.56
61.95
61.45
61.05
58.90
56.99
52.32
49.57
47.84
47.00
43.88
43.22
42.71
42.18
40.13
37.49
37.36
36.57
31.22
28.88
23.66
23.00
22.30
21.45
18.59
15.49
12.96
12.70
10.91
10.38
8.37
8.13
7.33
0.72
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0
20.3
40.6
60.9
81.14
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