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

The average for 2021 based on 195 countries was 39.21 percent.The highest value was in Papua New Guinea: 86.54 percent and the lowest value was in Bermuda: 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
Papua N.G. 86.54 1 1960 - 2021
Burundi 85.94 2 1960 - 2021
Liechtenstein 85.53 3 1960 - 2021
Niger 83.25 4 1960 - 2021
Rwanda 82.43 5 1960 - 2021
Malawi 82.31 6 1960 - 2021
Samoa 82.26 7 1960 - 2021
Sri Lanka 81.14 8 1960 - 2021
Saint Lucia 81.06 9 1960 - 2021
Nepal 78.99 10 1960 - 2021
Ethiopia 77.83 11 1960 - 2021
Micronesia 76.93 12 1960 - 2021
Tonga 76.9 13 1960 - 2021
Chad 76.22 14 1960 - 2021
Swaziland 75.63 15 1960 - 2021
Ant.& Barb. 75.62 16 1960 - 2021
Cambodia 75.33 17 1960 - 2021
Solomon Isl. 74.87 18 1960 - 2021
Uganda 74.45 19 1960 - 2021
Vanuatu 74.33 20 1960 - 2021
Afghanistan 73.69 21 1960 - 2021
Guyana 73.1 22 1960 - 2021
Tajikistan 72.27 23 1960 - 2021
Kenya 71.51 24 1960 - 2021
Lesotho 70.52 25 1960 - 2021
Comoros 70.39 26 1960 - 2021
Burkina Faso 68.76 27 1960 - 2021
Barbados 68.75 28 1960 - 2021
Burma 68.55 29 1960 - 2021
Zimbabwe 67.7 30 1960 - 2021
India 64.61 31 1960 - 2021
Sudan 64.41 32 1960 - 2021
Tanzania 64.05 33 1960 - 2021
Grenada 63.31 34 1960 - 2021
Laos 63.06 35 1960 - 2021
Kyrgyzstan 62.85 36 1960 - 2021
Guinea 62.74 37 1960 - 2021
Pakistan 62.56 38 1960 - 2021
Mozambique 62.37 39 1960 - 2021
Vietnam 61.95 40 1960 - 2021
Yemen 61.45 41 1960 - 2021
Bangladesh 61.05 42 1960 - 2021
Madagascar 60.79 43 1960 - 2021
Mauritius 59.22 44 1960 - 2021
Maldives 58.9 45 1960 - 2021
Faroe Isl. 57.42 46 1960 - 2021
C.A. Republic 57.35 47 1960 - 2021
Egypt 57.14 48 1960 - 2021
Moldova 57 49 1960 - 2021
Bhutan 56.99 50 1960 - 2021
Togo 56.64 51 1960 - 2021
Sierra Leone 56.63 52 1960 - 2021
Aruba 56.13 53 1960 - 2021
G.-Bissau 55.38 54 1960 - 2021
Mali 55.32 55 1960 - 2021
Zambia 54.81 56 1960 - 2021
Belize 53.8 57 1960 - 2021
DR Congo 53.76 58 1960 - 2021
Somalia 53.27 59 1960 - 2021
Philippines 52.32 60 1960 - 2021
Senegal 51.4 61 1960 - 2021
Benin 51.03 62 1960 - 2021
Bosnia & Herz. 50.58 63 1960 - 2021
Uzbekistan 49.57 64 1960 - 2021
Thailand 47.84 65 1960 - 2021
Ivory Coast 47.82 66 1960 - 2021
Guatemala 47.76 67 1960 - 2021
Liberia 47.43 68 1960 - 2021
Nigeria 47.25 69 1960 - 2021
Turkmenistan 47 70 1960 - 2021
Namibia 46.99 71 1960 - 2021
Tr.&Tobago 46.74 72 1960 - 2021
St. Vincent & ... 46.55 73 1960 - 2021
Slovakia 46.18 74 1960 - 2021
Romania 45.67 75 1960 - 2021
Slovenia 44.57 76 1960 - 2021
Syria 43.88 77 1960 - 2021
Mauritania 43.87 78 1960 - 2021
Kiribati 43.67 79 1960 - 2021
Jamaica 43.35 80 1960 - 2021
Serbia 43.35 81 1960 - 2021
Azerbaijan 43.22 82 1960 - 2021
Indonesia 42.71 83 1960 - 2021
Fiji 42.26 84 1960 - 2021
Kazakhstan 42.18 85 1960 - 2021
Croatia 42.12 86 1960 - 2021
Haiti 42.04 87 1960 - 2021
Seychelles 42.03 88 1960 - 2021
Ghana 42.01 89 1960 - 2021
Cameroon 41.85 90 1960 - 2021
North Macedonia 41.21 91 1960 - 2021
Honduras 41.02 92 1960 - 2021
Austria 41.01 93 1960 - 2021
Nicaragua 40.72 94 1960 - 2021
Georgia 40.13 95 1960 - 2021
Poland 39.92 96 1960 - 2021
Paraguay 37.5 97 1960 - 2021
China 37.49 98 1960 - 2021
North Korea 37.36 99 1960 - 2021
Albania 37.03 100 1960 - 2021
Gambia 36.78 101 1960 - 2021
Armenia 36.57 102 1960 - 2021
Ireland 36.09 103 1960 - 2021
Morocco 35.94 104 1960 - 2021
Ecuador 35.64 105 1960 - 2021
Tuvalu 35.22 106 1960 - 2021
Suriname 33.78 107 1960 - 2021
Portugal 33.15 108 1960 - 2021
Cyprus 33.14 109 1960 - 2021
Cape Verde 32.9 110 1960 - 2021
Angola 32.54 111 1960 - 2021
Montenegro 32.17 112 1960 - 2021
South Africa 32.15 113 1960 - 2021
Lithuania 31.75 114 1960 - 2021
R. of Congo 31.72 115 1960 - 2021
Latvia 31.58 116 1960 - 2021
Panama 31.23 117 1960 - 2021
Mongolia 31.22 118 1960 - 2021
Estonia 30.58 119 1960 - 2021
Ukraine 30.24 120 1960 - 2021
Tunisia 30.11 121 1960 - 2021
Bolivia 29.52 122 1960 - 2021
Iraq 28.88 123 1960 - 2021
Italy 28.65 124 1960 - 2021
Dominica 28.6 125 1960 - 2021
Botswana 28.44 126 1960 - 2021
N. Caledonia 28.08 127 1960 - 2021
Hungary 27.75 128 1960 - 2021
Eq. Guinea 26.44 129 1960 - 2021
Switzerland 26 130 1960 - 2021
El Salvador 25.88 131 1960 - 2021
Czechia 25.79 132 1960 - 2021
Algeria 25.74 133 1960 - 2021
Russia 25.07 134 1960 - 2021
S.T.&Principe 24.93 135 1960 - 2021
Bulgaria 23.98 136 1960 - 2021
Iran 23.66 137 1960 - 2021
Turkey 23.43 138 1960 - 2021
Palestine 23 139 1960 - 2021
Germany 22.46 140 1960 - 2021
Malaysia 22.3 141 1960 - 2021
Djibouti 21.78 142 1960 - 2021
Peru 21.5 143 1960 - 2021
Brunei 21.45 144 1960 - 2021
Belarus 20.09 145 1960 - 2021
Greece 19.96 146 1960 - 2021
Libya 19.01 147 1960 - 2021
Mexico 18.98 148 1960 - 2021
Spain 18.94 149 1960 - 2021
France 18.76 150 1960 - 2021
South Korea 18.59 151 1960 - 2021
Costa Rica 18.58 152 1960 - 2021
Palau 18.52 153 1960 - 2021
Canada 18.35 154 1960 - 2021
Colombia 18.26 155 1960 - 2021
USA 17.13 156 1960 - 2021
Domin. Rep. 16.79 157 1960 - 2021
Norway 16.68 158 1960 - 2021
Bahamas 16.64 159 1960 - 2021
UK 15.85 160 1960 - 2021
Saudi Arabia 15.49 161 1960 - 2021
Finland 14.4 162 1960 - 2021
Australia 13.64 163 1960 - 2021
New Zealand 13.21 164 1960 - 2021
Oman 12.96 165 1960 - 2021
UA Emirates 12.7 166 1960 - 2021
Brazil 12.68 167 1960 - 2021
Chile 12.18 168 1960 - 2021
Andorra 12.14 169 1960 - 2021
Denmark 11.76 170 1960 - 2021
Sweden 11.76 171 1960 - 2021
Venezuela 11.68 172 1960 - 2021
Lebanon 10.91 173 1960 - 2021
Bahrain 10.38 174 1960 - 2021
Gabon 9.58 175 1960 - 2021
Jordan 8.37 176 1960 - 2021
Luxembourg 8.33 177 1960 - 2021
Japan 8.13 178 1960 - 2021
Argentina 7.77 179 1960 - 2021
Netherlands 7.43 180 1960 - 2021
Israel 7.33 181 1960 - 2021
Puerto Rico 6.41 182 1960 - 2021
Iceland 6.06 183 1960 - 2021
Malta 5.19 184 1960 - 2021
Uruguay 4.4 185 1960 - 2021
San Marino 2.38 186 1960 - 2021
Belgium 1.88 187 1960 - 2021
Qatar 0.72 188 1960 - 2021
Bermuda 0 189 1960 - 2021
Gibraltar 0 190 1960 - 2021
Hong Kong 0 191 1960 - 2021
Kuwait 0 192 1960 - 2021
Macao 0 193 1960 - 2021
Monaco 0 194 1960 - 2021
Singapore 0 195 1960 - 2021


Economic outlook around the world

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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74.87
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73.10
72.27
71.51
70.52
70.39
68.76
68.75
68.55
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64.61
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64.05
63.31
63.06
62.85
62.74
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61.95
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61.05
60.79
59.22
58.90
57.42
57.35
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57.00
56.99
56.64
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56.13
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54.81
53.80
53.76
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52.32
51.40
51.03
50.58
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47.76
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47.25
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46.99
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46.55
46.18
45.67
44.57
43.88
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43.67
43.35
43.35
43.22
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42.26
42.18
42.12
42.04
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42.01
41.85
41.21
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41.01
40.72
40.13
39.92
37.50
37.49
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37.03
36.78
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35.22
33.78
33.15
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32.90
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26.00
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22.46
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21.78
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19.96
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18.98
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18.76
18.59
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18.52
18.35
18.26
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16.64
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13.21
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12.14
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9.58
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