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Colombia Summary

Population 2000 (NSO-Based Estimate '000) 36,512   Population 2000 (UN '000) 42,105
Area (km2) 1,141,569   Avg. Input Resolution (km) 33
Number of Administrative Units 1,059   Population Per Administrative Unit ('000) 34
Number of Urban Extents 352   Number of Settlement Points 783

Colombia Details

Continent South America
Country Name Colombia
Administrative Classifications
Level Used 2.0
Leve1 Type Departamento
Level2 Type Municipio
Number of Units 1,059
Population Per Unit ('000) (2000, estimate) 34
National Population Estimates
Last Year of Reference 1993
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 1990 ('000) 31,771
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 1995 ('000) 34,041
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 2000 ('000) 36,512
UN Population, 1990 ('000) 34,970
UN Population, 1995 ('000) 38,542
UN Population, 2000 ('000) 42,105
National Spatial Estimates
Area (km2) 1,141,569
Average Input Resolution (km) 33
Settlement Points
Number of Settlement Points 783
Largest Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 5,691,098
Smallest Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 1,103
Mean Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 34,942
Urban Areal Extents
Number of Urban Extents 352
Largest Urban Extent (km2) 2,996
Smallest Urban Extent (km2) 1
Mean Urban Extent (km2) 103
Total for All Urban Extent (km2) 36,199
Largest Urban Extent (population, 2000) 3,021,166
Smallest Urban Extent (population, 2000) 1,318
Mean Urban Extent (population, 2000) 66,876
Total for All Urban Extent (population, 2000) 23,540,463
% Total Land Area in Urban Extents (km2) 3%
% Total Population in Urban Extents (2000, estimate) 56%
% Total Population that is Urban (2001, UN World Urbanization Prospects) 76%
Urban Areal Extents, by Source
Nighttime Lights Data 438
Regression-estimated Extents 201
Digital Chart of the World 0
Other 0
Administrative Population Source Data:
Departamento Administrativo Nacional de Estadistica, DANE. "Republica de Colombia: Panorama Colombiano," .
Administrative Boundary Source Data:
Instituto Geografico "Agustin Codazzi". 1995. Mapa digitalizado por el DANE. Plancha 1:500000 Prepared by the Centro Internacional de Agricultural Tropical (CIAT).
Settlement Point Population Source Data:
CELADE, Latin American and Caribbean Demographic Centre (CELADE) - Population Division of Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean; City Population,;World Gazetteer,
Settlement Point Coordinate Source Data:
Celade, Columbia Gazetteer, Getty, Map, NIMA, World Gazetteer
Urban Criteria for Settlements (UN):
Population living in a nucleus of 1,500 inhabitants or more.
Administrative Population Edits and Notes:
Population of municipios without matching polygons (Guainia - C.D. Guaviare; Vaupes ? C.D. Villa Fatima and C.D. Acaricuara) are distributed evenly among all municipios within the appropriate province. Department level (administrative level 1) growth rates between 1985 and 1993 were applied to 1993 municipio (administrative level 2) population data to extrapolate to target years.
Administrative Spatial Edits and Notes:
Because of boundary changes at the muncipio level, the following spatial edits were made: In the province of Bolivar: ? Altos de Rosario merged with Barranco de Loba ? Cantagallo merged with San Pablo ? Cicuco merged with Talaiga Nuevo ? Hatillo de Loba merged with San Martin de Loba ? Montecristo merged with Achi ? Tiquisio merged with Pinillos In Choco, Canton de San Pablo merged with Istmina. In Norte Santander, La Esperanza merged with Abrego y Cachica; and Puerto Santander merged with Cucuta . In Putumayo, San Miguel merged with valle de Guamez.