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Morocco (includes Western Sahara) Summary

Population 2000 (NSO-Based Estimate '000) 29,473   Population 2000 (UN '000) 29,878
Area (km2) 669,159   Avg. Input Resolution (km) 107
Number of Administrative Units 58   Population Per Administrative Unit ('000) 508
Number of Urban Extents 85   Number of Settlement Points 78

Morocco (includes Western Sahara) Details

Continent Africa
Country Name Morocco (includes Western Sahara)
Administrative Classifications
Level Used 2.0
Leve1 Type Province
Level2 Type Prefecture
Number of Units 58
Population Per Unit ('000) (2000, estimate) 508
National Population Estimates
Last Year of Reference 2004
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 1990 ('000) 24,754
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 1995 ('000) 26,422
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 2000 ('000) 29,473
UN Population, 1990 ('000) 24,624
UN Population, 1995 ('000) 27,213
UN Population, 2000 ('000) 29,878
National Spatial Estimates
Area (km2) 669,159
Average Input Resolution (km) 107
Settlement Points
Number of Settlement Points 78
Largest Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 2,640,323
Smallest Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 11,287
Mean Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 143,391
Urban Areal Extents
Number of Urban Extents 85
Largest Urban Extent (km2) 1,776
Smallest Urban Extent (km2) 3
Mean Urban Extent (km2) 144
Total for All Urban Extent (km2) 12,275
Largest Urban Extent (population, 2000) 5,292,392
Smallest Urban Extent (population, 2000) 4,079
Mean Urban Extent (population, 2000) 156,557
Total for All Urban Extent (population, 2000) 13,307,337
% Total Land Area in Urban Extents (km2) 2%
% Total Population in Urban Extents (2000, estimate) 45%
% Total Population that is Urban (2001, UN World Urbanization Prospects) 56%
Urban Areal Extents, by Source
Nighttime Lights Data 171
Regression-estimated Extents 1
Digital Chart of the World 0
Other 0
Administrative Population Source Data:
1994 and 2004 census population from: Recensement General de la Population et de l''Habitat, 2004. Resultats d''exploitation des cahiers de la population legale dans le Cadre du RGPH 2004 - Population legale par provinces et prefecture:
Administrative Boundary Source Data:
The World Bank
Settlement Point Population Source Data:
1982 Census Morocco, UN Statistical Library; City Population,;World Gazetteer,
Settlement Point Coordinate Source Data:
NIMA, Times Atlas of the World, 1, UNSD, World Gazetteer
Urban Criteria for Settlements (UN):
Urban centres.
Administrative Population Edits and Notes:
To match the population data with the spatial data, the following units were aggregated: (1) Casablanca, Mdiouna and Nouaceur (2) Fes and Moulay Yacoub A 5% growth rate cap was applied to select units.
Administrative Spatial Edits and Notes:
To match the spatial and population data, the following units were merged: (1) Casablanca Anfa, Ain Chock-Hay Hassani, Ain Sebaa-Hay Mohammadi, Al Fida-Derb Sultan, Ben M''Sick-Mediouna, Moulay Rachid-Sidi Othmane, and Sidi Bernoussi-Zenata (2) Fes Jdid-Dar Dbibagh, Fes-Medina, and Zouagha-My Yacoub (3) Marrakech-Menara, Sidi Youssef Ben Ali, and Marrakech-Medina. (4) Meknes-El Menzeh and Al Ismailia. (5) Sale-Al Jadida and Sale Medina The spatial data were in an unknown map projection, they were transformed (rubbersheeting method) to match 1994 boundaries. The result is only approximate as the transformation introduces error on the order of 10 km.