More than half of Angola’s population lives in urban areas

29 July 2015

More than 15 million people or 62 percent of Angola’s population live in urban areas, said Tuesday in Luanda the Secretary of State for Institutional Affairs, Adão de Almeida.

Preliminary results of the latest Population and Housing Census showed a population of 24.3 million.

The Secretary of State, who was speaking during a meeting on city management, said the population flow towards the major cities, in the case of Angola, had had two defining moments, the first being the protracted civil war that began after independence.

“The arrival of peace in 2002, changed the fundamentals of the first moment but did not stop people moving towards urban areas,” said Almeida.

In his opinion, better access to public services and equipment as well as better financial opportunities were and continue to be the main drivers of the urbanisation of the Angolan population.

This population movement to the cities has led to growth of disordered neighbourhoods where it is very difficult to install basic infrastructure to supply water, electricity or sanitation services. (macauhub/AO)