Academic IELTS Writing task 1 Sample 114 - Percentage of the population living in urban areas in the world
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The bar chart below gives information about the percentage of the population living in urban areas in the world and in different continents.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
» Write at least 150 words.
The given bar graph gives data on the number of people living in urban areas in different continents of the world. The data are given for thee different years, i.e. 1950, 2007 and projected for the year 2030.
As is presented from the given data, initially in 1950, on an average 29% people of the world lived in urban area. In this year, highest percentage of population lived in urban areas were in North America which was 64%. In Africa and Asia these percentage were lowest (15 and 17 percentage respectively). Half of the European people lived in urban are while this percentage was 42% in Latin America. After 57 years in 2007, the percentage of urban area population reached to 49% in the world. North America again had the highest percentage of population who lived in urban area. The lowest percentage was in Africa (37%) and in other continents the percentages were around 40 to 70. The percentage of population lived in urban area increased significantly in 2007 compared to the percentages of 1950.
It is projected that, 60% of world population would live in urban areas in the year 2030. This percentage would be more than 80 in both of the American continents. In Europe this would increase to 78 and both in Asia and Africa around half of their population would live in urban areas.
In summary, the percentage of people lived in urban areas increased over time and more and more people would be living in urban areas over time.