World Development Indicators

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    The primary World Bank collection of development indicators, compiled from officially-recognized international sources. It presents the most current global development data available, and includes national, regional and global estimates.

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    First published as an annex to the 1978 World Development Report, World Development Indicators is an online database ( of approximately 1,400 indicators for more than 220 economies, with some data series extending back more than 50 years. Indicators cover: Sustainable Development Goals and data disaggregated by sex, age, wealth quintile, and urban or rural location. World Development Indicators includes data spanning up to 56 years from 1960 to 2016.

    The 2017 edition of World Development Indicators offers a condensed presentation of the principal indicators, along with regional and topical highlights and maps. Eighty-seven statistical tables are available online. These reference tables are consistently updated based on revisions to the World Development Indicators database.

    To monitor progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals and targets, the World Development Indicators database offers a comprehensive set of relevant data and indicators for countries and country groups. An interactive presentation of key indicators for assessing the Sustainable Development Goals is available through the World Bank’s SDG Dashboard. 

    The data covers the following topics: 

    • Agriculture and Food Security
    • Climate Change
    • Economic Growth
    • Education
    • Energy and Extractives
    • Environment and Natural Resources
    • Financial Sector Development
    • Gender
    • Health, Nutrition and Population
    • Macroeconomic Vulnerability and Debt
    • Poverty
    • Private Sector Development
    • Public Sector Management
    • Social Development
    • Social Protection and Labor
    • Trade
    • Urban Development

    World Development Indicators is an open online resource. To access the World Development Indicators online tables, use the URL and the table number (for example, To view a specific indicator online, use the URL and the indicator code (for example, /indicator/SP.POP.TOTL).

    The World Development Indicator's access options include: Query Tool, API Documentation, and data downloads. 

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