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Yugoslavia: Urbanization and Housing
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Street in Kaludjerica, a town of Serbian refugees from Kosovo, near Belgrade - Courtesy Chuck Sudetic

Despite massive post-World War II migration from rural villages to cities, Yugoslavia still ranked as one of Europe's least urbanized countries in 1990. At the war's end, almost 80 percent of the Yugoslav population lived in villages. Over the next 25 years, about 4.6 million people, equivalent to 20 percent of the country's 1981 population, migrated to cities. The urban population grew by 80 percent between 1953 and 1971 and by the mid-1970s, slightly over one-third of all Yugoslavs lived in urban centers.

Data as of December 1990

Last Updated: December 1990

Editor's Note: Country Studies included here were published between 1988 and 1998. The Country study for Yugoslavia was first published in 1990. Where available, the data has been updated through 2008. The date at the bottom of each section will indicate the time period of the data. Information on some countries may no longer be up to date. See the "Research Completed" date at the beginning of each study on the Title Page or the "Data as of" date at the end of each section of text. This information is included due to its comprehensiveness and for historical purposes.

Note that current information from the CIA World Factbook, U.S. Department of State Background Notes, Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Country Briefs, the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Country Profiles, and the World Bank can be found on

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