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A new infographic from UNICEF shows the world's rapid urbanization.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) created a fascinating infographic showing the world's urban growth from 1950 to its growth projection for 2050. Here's how urban our world is expected to look in 2050:

Click here (or the map) to watch the urban growth of the world's countries from 1950-2050 in 15 seconds.

Looking at the map above we can get a good sense for how urban our world will be in 2050. The red circles are countries that will have an urban population larger than 75 percent. The yellow circles, which include the large populations of China and India, will have urban populations between 50-75 percent. The scattered blue circles, which were prevalent in 1950, show countries with urban populations between 25-50 percent.

The infographic accompanies a new report from UNICEF that shows how the basic needs of millions of children are not being met in the world's cities.

“When we think of poverty, the image that traditionally comes to mind is that of a child in a rural village,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake in a statement. “But today, an increasing number of children living in slums and shantytowns are among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable in the world, deprived of the most basic services and denied the right to thrive.”

While we like to write about the amazing things that are happening in cities, both the infographic and report are good reminders about the scale of innovation that still needs to happen to make cities more livable for everyone.

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Tyler Falk

Contributing Editor

Tyler Falk freelance journalist based in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was with Smart Growth America and Grist. He holds a degree from Goshen College. Follow him on Twitter. Disclosure