Within the next minute, the global urban population will increase by 145 people. Urbanization is inevitable and is one of this century’s most important megatrends. In 1800, about two percent of the world’s population lived in cities. Now it’s 50 percent. Every week, some 1.5 million people join the urban population, through an amalgamation of migration and childbirth. China and India, two leading Asian countries, add 60,000 people every day to urbanization figures.
Globally, a vast majority live in urban regions, and this number is set to increase by 2050 with more than two-thirds of the world’s population dwelling in cities.
The global rise in cities has been unprecedented. But sharp regional variations exist: Africa’s population is projected to double by 2050, while Europe’s is expected to shrink.
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