April 10, 2012

Africa And Asia Will Lead Urban Population Growth

Africa and Asia together will account for 86 per cent of all growth in the world’s urban population over the next four decades. According to the UN, this unprecedented increase is likely to pose new challenges in terms of jobs, housing and infrastructure.

Africa’s urban population will increase from 414 million to over 1.2 billion by 2050. Asia will soar from 1.9 billion to 3.3 billion inhabitants, according to the 2011 Revision of the World Urbanization Prospects report.

Leading Nations

The largest increases in urban population are expected in India, China, Nigeria, the United States and Indonesia. Over the next four decades, India will add another 497 million to its urban population, China – 341 million, Nigeria – 200 million, the US – 103 million, and Indonesia – 92 million.

India & Nigeria

The projected increase in urban populations in India and Nigeria in the next 40 years will be higher than that of the past four decades, a news release on the report pointed out.

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