Urbanization Concepts and Trends

This working paper explains some of the key concepts of urbanization and summarizes its trends. It discusses the ways in which urbanization statistics can be misinterpreted, due to differing definitions as well as outdated or oversimplified data. Subsequent chapters give estimates of past and future urbanization trends, suggest methods of recategorizing criteria for urban and rural settings, and examine the economic, environmental, and social dimensions of sustainable development.