* indicates monthly or quarterly data series

Rural population, percent of total population, 2023:

The average for 2023 based on 47 countries was 37.18 percent. The highest value was in Sri Lanka: 80.79 percent and the lowest value was in Hong Kong: 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
Sri Lanka 80.79 1 1960 - 2023
Nepal 78.1 2 1960 - 2023
Cambodia 74.43 3 1960 - 2023
Afghanistan 73.07 4 1960 - 2023
Tajikistan 71.77 5 1960 - 2023
Burma 67.89 6 1960 - 2023
India 63.64 7 1960 - 2023
Kyrgyzstan 62.2 8 1960 - 2023
Pakistan 61.96 9 1960 - 2023
Laos 61.75 10 1960 - 2023
Vietnam 60.52 11 1960 - 2023
Yemen 60.17 12 1960 - 2023
Bangladesh 59.53 13 1960 - 2023
Maldives 58.03 14 1960 - 2023
Bhutan 55.65 15 1960 - 2023
Philippines 51.71 16 1960 - 2023
Uzbekistan 49.47 17 1960 - 2023
Thailand 46.39 18 1960 - 2023
Turkmenistan 46 19 1960 - 2023
Syria 42.59 20 1960 - 2023
Azerbaijan 42.42 21 1960 - 2023
Kazakhstan 41.82 22 1960 - 2023
Indonesia 41.43 23 1960 - 2023
Georgia 39.27 24 1960 - 2023
North Korea 36.8 25 1960 - 2023
Armenia 36.26 26 1960 - 2023
China 35.43 27 1960 - 2023
Mongolia 30.91 28 1960 - 2023
Iraq 28.4 29 1960 - 2023
Iran 22.74 30 1960 - 2023
Palestine 22.42 31 1960 - 2023
Malaysia 21.28 32 1960 - 2023
Brunei 20.85 33 1960 - 2023
South Korea 18.54 34 1960 - 2023
Saudi Arabia 15.05 35 1960 - 2023
UA Emirates 12.22 36 1960 - 2023
Oman 11.6 37 1960 - 2023
Lebanon 10.57 38 1960 - 2023
Bahrain 10.13 39 1960 - 2023
Jordan 7.98 40 1960 - 2023
Japan 7.96 41 1960 - 2023
Israel 7.15 42 1960 - 2023
Qatar 0.65 43 1960 - 2023
Hong Kong 0 44 1960 - 2023
Kuwait 0 45 1960 - 2023
Macao 0 46 1960 - 2023
Singapore 0 47 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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