March 15, 2023

World urbanization trends at a glance

During 1950 – 2022 Europe’s level of urbanisation increased from 51.7% to 75.3%.

During 1950 –2022 Europe’s level of urbanisation increased from 51.7% to 75.3%. And the UN expect that it continues to increase to approximately 83.7% in 2050. It seems Europe will be the most urban place in the world.

According to Eurostat in the EU thelargest agglomerations are Paris (12.45 mln inhabitants), Madrid (6.94 mln),Barcelona (5.78 mln). And in the nearest 30 years these agglomerations continueto grow very fast. It is expected that in raw numbers Paris reaches (13.47 mln),Madrid (8.16), Barcelona (6.6).

And these regions continue to grow further.Madrid and Barcelona are each forecasted to grow up to 2100 by more than 1.5 millionpeople – Madrid will reach (8.48), Barcelona - (7.32). And it is expected that Parisstopes growing at (13,21 mln).

According to the UN during 1950– 2022 world level of urbanisation increased from 29.6% to 57.0%. And UN predictthat it continues to increase to approximately 68.4% in 2050.

The UN counted that in 2035 there willbe 761 cities and agglomerations with more than 1 million inhabitants,including 48 megacities (over 10 million inhabitants). The largest agglomerationof the world in 2035 will be Delhi (43.35 mln), which overcomes the current leader Tokio (36.01).The next top cities will be Shanghai (34.34), Dhaka Al-Qahirah – Cairo (31.23)and Mumbai (27.34).

The largest westernagglomeration will be New York (20.87 mln inhaitants) – but it takes only the13th rank. Paris leads Europe with the 37th place.

It seems that Asianand African cities overcome global west in number of inhabitants, but will theyreach the same standards of quality of life?

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