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Ecuador Summary

Population 2000 (NSO-Based Estimate '000) 11,906   Population 2000 (UN '000) 12,646
Area (km2) 246,700   Avg. Input Resolution (km) 16
Number of Administrative Units 931   Population Per Administrative Unit ('000) 13
Number of Urban Extents 52   Number of Settlement Points 55

Ecuador Details

Continent South America
Country Name Ecuador
Administrative Classifications
Level Used 3.0
Leve1 Type Provincias
Level2 Type Canton
Level3 Type Parroquia
Number of Units 931
Population Per Unit ('000) (2000, estimate) 13
National Population Estimates
Last Year of Reference 2001
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 1990 ('000) 9,699
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 1995 ('000) 10,737
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 2000 ('000) 11,906
UN Population, 1990 ('000) 10,264
UN Population, 1995 ('000) 11,460
UN Population, 2000 ('000) 12,646
National Spatial Estimates
Area (km2) 246,700
Average Input Resolution (km) 16
Settlement Points
Number of Settlement Points 55
Largest Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 1,936,407
Smallest Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 10,120
Mean Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 121,377
Urban Areal Extents
Number of Urban Extents 52
Largest Urban Extent (km2) 1,716
Smallest Urban Extent (km2) 1
Mean Urban Extent (km2) 209
Total for All Urban Extent (km2) 10,886
Largest Urban Extent (population, 2000) 1,943,419
Smallest Urban Extent (population, 2000) 1,438
Mean Urban Extent (population, 2000) 131,870
Total for All Urban Extent (population, 2000) 6,857,219
% Total Land Area in Urban Extents (km2) 4%
% Total Population in Urban Extents (2000, estimate) 56%
% Total Population that is Urban (2001, UN World Urbanization Prospects) 63%
Urban Areal Extents, by Source
Nighttime Lights Data 88
Regression-estimated Extents 2
Digital Chart of the World 0
Other 0
Administrative Population Source Data:
(1) Instituto Nacional de Estadistica y Censos, INEC 1990 and (2) Instituto Nacional de Estadistica y Censos, INEC 2001
Administrative Boundary Source Data:
Instituto Nacional de Estadistica y Censos. Divison Politico Administrativa de la Republica del Ecuador. 1993. Planchas y escalas, Provincia de: Sucumbios 1:250000, Napo 1:250000, Pastaza 1:250000, Morona Santiago 1:250000, Zamora Chinchipe 1:250000, Esmeraldas 1:250000, Manabi 1:250000, Los Rios 1:250000, Guayas 1:250000, Prov. El Oro 1:250000, Galapagos 1:500000, Carchi 1:250000, Imbabura 1:250000, Pichincha 1:250000, Cotopaxi 1:250000, Tungurahua 1:250000, Bolivar 1:250000, Chimborazo 1:250000, Canar 1:250000, Azuay 1:250000, Loja 1:250000.
Settlement Point Population Source Data:
CELADE, Latin American and Caribbean Demographic Centre (CELADE) - Population Division of Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean; Censo de Poblacion y de Vivienda 1990 de Ecuador,;City Population,
Settlement Point Coordinate Source Data:
Urban Criteria for Settlements (UN):
Capitals of provinces and cantons.
Administrative Population Edits and Notes:
(1) Several parroquias listed in the population data were not in the boundary data. For some of these units, point coordinates were found, and their populations added to the spatial unit in which they fall. For other Parroquias where no point coordinates are found, populations were allocated proportionally among all Parroquias within the appropriate Cantones. (2) The following Cantones do not have population available at the Parroquia, thus the Parroquia polygons were merged at the Cantones level: Arenillas in El Oro; Patate in Tungurahua; and Galapagos Islands (3) Provincia level growth rate between census years 1990 and 2001 used to project to target years. When necessary, a 5% growth rate cap was applied to selected units.
Administrative Spatial Edits and Notes: