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Benin Summary

Population 2000 (NSO-Based Estimate '000) 6,209   Population 2000 (UN '000) 6,272
Area (km2) 115,828   Avg. Input Resolution (km) 39
Number of Administrative Units 78   Population Per Administrative Unit ('000) 80
Number of Urban Extents 36   Number of Settlement Points 38

Benin Details

Continent Africa
Country Name Benin
Administrative Classifications
Level Used 2.0
Leve1 Type Province
Level2 Type District
Number of Units 78
Population Per Unit ('000) (2000, estimate) 80
National Population Estimates
Last Year of Reference 1992
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 1990 ('000) 4,608
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 1995 ('000) 5,437
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 2000 ('000) 6,209
UN Population, 1990 ('000) 4,655
UN Population, 1995 ('000) 5,492
UN Population, 2000 ('000) 6,272
National Spatial Estimates
Area (km2) 115,828
Average Input Resolution (km) 39
Settlement Points
Number of Settlement Points 38
Largest Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 578,075
Smallest Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 1,583
Mean Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 45,601
Urban Areal Extents
Number of Urban Extents 36
Largest Urban Extent (km2) 195
Smallest Urban Extent (km2) 15
Mean Urban Extent (km2) 41
Total for All Urban Extent (km2) 1,492
Largest Urban Extent (population, 2000) 1,103,313
Smallest Urban Extent (population, 2000) 5,221
Mean Urban Extent (population, 2000) 72,388
Total for All Urban Extent (population, 2000) 2,605,966
% Total Land Area in Urban Extents (km2) 1%
% Total Population in Urban Extents (2000, estimate) 36%
% Total Population that is Urban (2001, UN World Urbanization Prospects) 43%
Urban Areal Extents, by Source
Nighttime Lights Data 9
Regression-estimated Extents 29
Digital Chart of the World 0
Other 0
Administrative Population Source Data:
Institut National de la Staistique et de L''analyse Economique, Bureau Central du Recensement, Republique du Benin February 1992. Deuxieme Recensement General de la Population et de L''Habitation du Benin. Available at: .
Administrative Boundary Source Data:
UNEP/GRID-WRI-NCGIA Africa Population Database, .
Settlement Point Population Source Data:
AFCities, Data provided by Uwe Deichman at the World Bank; City Population,
Settlement Point Coordinate Source Data:
AFCities, Columbia Gazetteer, NIMA, Times Atlas of the World, 1
Urban Criteria for Settlements (UN):
Localities with 10,000 inhabitants or more.
Administrative Population Edits and Notes:
Population data were extrapolated to target years of 1990, 1995 and 2000 using growth rates derived from United Nations national level estimates and projections.
Administrative Spatial Edits and Notes:
The Athieme District (administrative 2 level , in the Mono Province (administrative 1 level), was split to form Athieme District and Lokossa District. The division was based on a map found at: . Population was estimated for the two newly created units based on their relative distributions in 1992.