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Difference in the Population Size between Rural and Urban Areas of Pakistan

Alvi, Mohsin Hassan (2018): Difference in the Population Size between Rural and Urban Areas of Pakistan.

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The purpose of present study is to explore the trend of difference in population size and growth rate of the two sectors of Pakistan i.e. rural and urban over a period of 57 years (from 1960 to 2017). It is important to know this trend for resources allocation and also to get an insight into related issues in future. The data has been obtained from secondary source of publically available site of World Bank. Results demonstrate a progressive increase in the population size of both the sectors. However, the pace of increase in population of rural sector is not only faster than that of urban but also it shows a much higher rate of increase after 1980. But in case of population growth rate it is urban sector that leads. Throughout the span of 57 years, for urban area the growth rate has varied from 4.6% to 3.1%. On the other hand, for rural areas, it ranges from 3.1% to 1.2%. Results are discussed along with their probable reason.

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