How Urban Is Pakistan

  • Before 1981, urban meant settlements of 5,000 and above which had urban characteristics related to density and occupation.
  • 1981 and after, the definition was changed to those settlements which had an urban governance structure.
  • As a result, in the 1981 census 1,483 settlements of over 5,000 were not considered for being declared urban.
  • Cities between 500,000 and 2.5 million populations have municipal corporations. Towns between 25,000 and 500,000 have municipal committees. Towns less than 25,000 have town committees.
  • Special case of Karachi.
  • Administrative boundaries of many urban areas do not include their peri-urban settlements which in socio-economic and physical terms have urban characteristics.

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