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Mauritania Summary

Population 2000 (NSO-Based Estimate '000) 2,548   Population 2000 (UN '000) 2,665
Area (km2) 1,036,905   Avg. Input Resolution (km) 140
Number of Administrative Units 53   Population Per Administrative Unit ('000) 48
Number of Urban Extents 17   Number of Settlement Points 27

Mauritania Details

Continent Africa
Country Name Mauritania
Administrative Classifications
Level Used 2.0
Leve1 Type Wilaya
Level2 Type Moughataa
Number of Units 53
Population Per Unit ('000) (2000, estimate) 48
National Population Estimates
Last Year of Reference 2000
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 1990 ('000) 2,070
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 1995 ('000) 2,275
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 2000 ('000) 2,548
UN Population, 1990 ('000) 1,992
UN Population, 1995 ('000) 2,275
UN Population, 2000 ('000) 2,665
National Spatial Estimates
Area (km2) 1,036,905
Average Input Resolution (km) 140
Settlement Points
Number of Settlement Points 27
Largest Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 739,993
Smallest Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 2,449
Mean Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 48,873
Urban Areal Extents
Number of Urban Extents 17
Largest Urban Extent (km2) 277
Smallest Urban Extent (km2) 13
Mean Urban Extent (km2) 46
Total for All Urban Extent (km2) 780
Largest Urban Extent (population, 2000) 157,294
Smallest Urban Extent (population, 2000) 5,823
Mean Urban Extent (population, 2000) 37,012
Total for All Urban Extent (population, 2000) 629,198
% Total Land Area in Urban Extents (km2) 0%
% Total Population in Urban Extents (2000, estimate) 24%
% Total Population that is Urban (2001, UN World Urbanization Prospects) 59%
Urban Areal Extents, by Source
Nighttime Lights Data 6
Regression-estimated Extents 18
Digital Chart of the World 0
Other 0
Administrative Population Source Data:
2000 census data from Ministere des Affaires Econommiques et du Dedeveloppement Office National de la Statistique Bureau Central du Recensement, Resultats Provisoires du Troisieme Recensement General de la Population et de L''Habitat -2000; and 1988 census data from Bureau du recensement: Resultats prioritaires du Recensement de la population et de l''habitat, 1988, Vol. I: Nouakchott 1992.
Administrative Boundary Source Data:
EDC Africa Data Dissemination Service from
Settlement Point Population Source Data:
AFCities, Data provided by Uwe Deichman at the World Bank; La Mauritanie en Chiffres, Office National de la Statistique Edition 1997, UN Statistical Library; Resultas Prioritaires du Recensement de la Population et de L''Habitat 1988, UN Statistical Library; World Gazetteer,
Settlement Point Coordinate Source Data:
AFCities, NIMA, World Gazetteer
Urban Criteria for Settlements (UN):
Urban centres.
Administrative Population Edits and Notes:
Administrative Spatial Edits and Notes:
Spatial data for the administrative unit (Wilaya) of Nouakchott was added via geo-rectification and drawing with shapefile provided by Piet Buys at the World Bank. The units added include the Moughataa: Toujounine, Ksar, Dar Naim, Riadh, El Mina, Sebka, Tevaragh, Zeina, Arafat, and Teyarett.