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Paraguay Summary

Population 2000 (NSO-Based Estimate '000) 4,936   Population 2000 (UN '000) 5,496
Area (km2) 395,886   Avg. Input Resolution (km) 41
Number of Administrative Units 236   Population Per Administrative Unit ('000) 21
Number of Urban Extents 20   Number of Settlement Points 37

Paraguay Details

Continent South America
Country Name Paraguay
Administrative Classifications
Level Used 2.0
Leve1 Type Departamento
Level2 Type Municipio
Number of Units 236
Population Per Unit ('000) (2000, estimate) 21
National Population Estimates
Last Year of Reference 2002
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 1990 ('000) 3,998
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 1995 ('000) 4,413
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 2000 ('000) 4,936
UN Population, 1990 ('000) 4,219
UN Population, 1995 ('000) 4,828
UN Population, 2000 ('000) 5,496
National Spatial Estimates
Area (km2) 395,886
Average Input Resolution (km) 41
Settlement Points
Number of Settlement Points 37
Largest Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 510,882
Smallest Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 1,668
Mean Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 62,078
Urban Areal Extents
Number of Urban Extents 20
Largest Urban Extent (km2) 1,594
Smallest Urban Extent (km2) 11
Mean Urban Extent (km2) 189
Total for All Urban Extent (km2) 3,788
Largest Urban Extent (population, 2000) 1,914,581
Smallest Urban Extent (population, 2000) 5,431
Mean Urban Extent (population, 2000) 134,495
Total for All Urban Extent (population, 2000) 2,689,891
% Total Land Area in Urban Extents (km2) 1%
% Total Population in Urban Extents (2000, estimate) 49%
% Total Population that is Urban (2001, UN World Urbanization Prospects) 57%
Urban Areal Extents, by Source
Nighttime Lights Data 41
Regression-estimated Extents 1
Digital Chart of the World 0
Other 0
Administrative Population Source Data:
Direccion Nacional de Estadistica, Encuestas y Censos, DGEEC, 1995. Atlas del Paraguay 1995. Necesidades Basicas Insatisfechas, Asuncion, Paraguay. Direccion General de Estadistica, Encuestas y Censos, 2002.
Administrative Boundary Source Data:
Direccion General de Estadistica, Encuesta y Censos. FNUAP-PNUD. 1995. Atlas de Necesidades Basicas Insatisfechas del Paraguay.
Settlement Point Population Source Data:
City Population,
Settlement Point Coordinate Source Data:
NIMA, World Gazetteer
Urban Criteria for Settlements (UN):
Administrative centres of the official districts of the Republic.
Administrative Population Edits and Notes:
Recent boundary divisions were accomodated in the following attribution of population: (1) In the departamento of Caagazu, population of Vaqueria added to YHU. (2) In the departamento of Camindeyu, populations of Katuete, La Paloma, and Nueva Esperanza are added to F. Caballero Alvarez. (3) In Guaira, population of Paso Yobai are added to Colonia Independencia; and population of Felix Perez Cardozo added to Yataity. (4) In Itapua, population of Itapua Poti are added to Capitan Mesa. (5) In Pres. Hayes, population of Jose Falcon and Nanawa are added to Villa Hayes. (6) In Concepcion, population of Vallemi added to San Lazaro. (7) In San Pedro, population of Puerto Rosario added to Villa del Rosario. A 5% growth rate cap was applied to select units.
Administrative Spatial Edits and Notes:
Based on maps downloaded from Direccion General de Estadistica, Encuestas y Censos, url:, the following edits are made: (1) digitized Boqueron from 3 into 6 polys adding Neuland, Menno, and Fernheim. (2) digitized Pres. Hayes from 4 into 7 polygons adding: Neuland, Menno, and Fernheim.