Sustainable Development Goals - 17 Goals to Transform our World

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Indicator 7.1.1: Proportion of population with access to electricity

Proportion of occupied housing units in metropolitan areas with access to electricity


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Actual indicator available Proportion of occupied housing units in metropolitan areas with access to electricity
Actual indicator available - description Percentage of households indicating that they use electricity in the national sample of the American Housing Survey.
Date of national source publication July 2017
Method of computation
Periodicity Every two years.
Scheduled update by national source February 2019
U.S. method of computation Weighted Frequency of sample units answering 'yes' to whether the household uses electricity (variable USELECT), divided by total households. Weight is AHS variable WGT90GEO. Filtered on households in metropolitan areas (AHS variable METRO3 in '1','2','4','9')
Comments and limitations
Date metadata updated November 2017
Disaggregation geography
Unit of measurement Percent of households
Disaggregation categories
International and national references
Time period 2001-2015
Scheduled update by SDG team

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name Proportion of population with access to electricity
Target name By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services.
Global indicator description The percentage of the population that has access to electricity, based on national household surveys. Given the low frequency and the regional distribution of some surveys, a number of countries have gaps in available data. To develop the historical evolution and starting point of electrification rates, a simple modeling approach was adopted to fill in the missing data points - around 1990, 2000, 2010 and 2012. This modeling approach allowed the estimation of electrification rates for 212 countries over these time periods. The SE4ALL Global Tracking Framework Report (2013) referenced below provides more details on the suggested methodology for tracking access to energy (Chapter 2, Section 1, page 82-87).
UN designated tier 1
UN custodial agency World Bank (Partnering Agencies: IEA, UN Energy)
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Organisation PDR/HUD/American Housing Survey
Agency Staff Name David Vandenbroucke
Agency Survey Dataset PDR/HUD/American Housing Survey
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