A fantastic interactive map of populations. Notice that most of the Americas (an that includes Latin America) is highly urban. Despite some of the world’s largest cities, most of Asia is less urban than the Americas. And only a few pockets of the world remain rural.
In fact, the country I tend to study the most, Bolivia is today about 67% urban. That’s on par with Italy (68%), only slightly lower than Germany (74%), and higher than Poland (61%). Still think Latin America is a land of rural peasants? Think again.
Growing urban populations
In this simple interactive animation by Periscopic, in partnership with UNICEF, we see the changes in urban population from 1950 up to present, through projections for 2050. Circle size represents urban population and color is an indicator for the percentage of people living in cities or towns.