Guyana Urban Population
Sources: The Library of Congress Country Studies; CIA World Factbook
Aerial view of the low-lying coast with its Dutch-built seawalls
Aerial view of Georgetown showing the layout designed by the Dutch, mostly on a grid pattern
Guyana remained a primarily rural country in 1991. The only significant urban area, the capital city of Georgetown, was home to more than 80 percent of the urban population. The smaller towns served primarily as regional distribution centers. Georgetown had an estimated population of 195,000 in 1985 and an annual growth rate of 6.6 percent. Linden, the country's second largest town with a population of 30,000, was a bauxite mining complex on the Demerara River. The port of New Amsterdam in eastern Guyana had a population of about 20,000.
The proportion of the population living in urban areas increased only slightly between 1960, when it was 29 percent, and 1980, when it was 30.5 percent. By 1985, 32.2 percent of the population was living in urban areas.
Data as of January 1992
NOTE: The information regarding Guyana on this page is re-published from The Library of Congress Country Studies and the CIA World Factbook. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guyana Urban Population information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Guyana Urban Population should be addressed to the Library of Congress and the CIA.