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Rural population, percent of total population, 2022:

The average for 2022 based on 18 countries was 22.97 percent. The highest value was in Yemen: 60.81 percent and the lowest value was in Kuwait: 0 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
Yemen 60.81 1 1960 - 2022
Egypt 57.03 2 1960 - 2022
Syria 43.23 3 1960 - 2022
Morocco 35.4 4 1960 - 2022
Tunisia 29.79 5 1960 - 2022
Iraq 28.65 6 1960 - 2022
Algeria 25.23 7 1960 - 2022
Iran 23.19 8 1960 - 2022
Djibouti 21.62 9 1960 - 2022
Libya 18.7 10 1960 - 2022
Saudi Arabia 15.27 11 1960 - 2022
UA Emirates 12.46 12 1960 - 2022
Oman 12.25 13 1960 - 2022
Lebanon 10.74 14 1960 - 2022
Bahrain 10.26 15 1960 - 2022
Jordan 8.17 16 1960 - 2022
Qatar 0.68 17 1960 - 2022
Kuwait 0 18 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.
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