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Cities and Towns


The figures given by LookLex are estimates, and heavily rounded off. Accurate population figures presented by many other sources are deceptive and suggest a level of accuracy that does not exist. With few exceptions, urban population figures are no more than advanced guesswork.
Different countries count urban population according to varying methods. In many cases there are no official figures, there may never have been a proper census. There exists no consensus about how to define a border between neighbouring cities, nor to define city borders to a surrounding rural region. City populations are in some cases the population of a municipality, but municipalities can be smaller than the city proper, or they may include vast rural areas.
LookLex definition of a city or town requires continued settlement, and defines the border between neighbouring cities to be the administrative border, a river or a major highway. Our primary source for population data is City Population, but LookLex assess each figure, and in 5 to 10% of the cases we make a different estimate.

The territory of Western Sahara is disputed. Morocco has annexed it, and provided all inhabitants with Moroccan citizenship, but not gained international recognition for this. All cities below are effectively administered as part of Morocco.

Laayoune200,000
Dakhla75,000
Boujdour50,000
Smara45,000
Laayoune Plage11,000
Geulta Zemmour8,000
La Guera4,000
Bou Craa3,000

All figures are 2009 estimates.





By Tore Kjeilen