NaturalEarth's Populated Places data set provides geographical locations for cities and towns of regional significance around the world in 2016. Population estimates sourced from LandScan are available for 90% of the contained cities. LandScan uses subnational spatial data sets to disaggregate national census statistics to subnational administrative boundaries.
The data and models used to do so are tailored to match the data conditions and geographical nature of each individual country and region. Population values are provided to account for the total metropolitan population, rather than the administrative boundary population. UN metropolitan population estimates are used instead of LandScan for the ~500 largest urban areas in the world. Resource Watch shows only a subset of the data set. For access to the full data set and additional information, see the Learn More link.
Populated Places, Version 3.3.1
Statistical procedures are used to associate satellite-modeled gridded population estimates with city and town points. These modeling methods are subject to a level of uncertainty. Users are encouraged to evaluate region-specific uncertainties in population data sources before using these figures for planning.
Populated Places data set made with Natural Earth. Free vector and raster map data at naturalearthdata.com. 2013. Accessed through Resource Watch, (date). www.resourcewatch.org.