Degree of Urbanisation (DEGURBA)

Correspondence table

Degree of Urbanisation (DEGURBA
) - Local Administrative Units

The degree of urbanisation (DEGURBA) creates a classification of all LAU2s (Local Administrative Units - Level 2/municipalities) into the following three categories:

(1) Cities (densely populated areas) (Code 1)
(2) Towns and suburbs (intermediate density areas) (Code 2)
(3) Rural areas (thinly populated areas) (Code 3)

The classification of LAU1s in Malta, Greece and Denmark is available as well.

This classification has recently been revised on the basis of the Population grid 2011 and the 2014 LAU boundaries. Three types of area have been identified and defined using, after the revision, a criterion of geographical contiguity in combination with a minimum population threshold based on population grid square cells of 1 km. These grid cells all have the same shape and surface, which avoids distortions caused by using units varying in size.

The DEGURBA classification is used in different domains and its revision is to be implemented from 2012 onwards in all surveys concerned.

The following table provides a correspondence between the LAU2 units and the revised DEGURBA categories in all EU28 countries.

DEGURBA and coastal LAUs based on 2011 population grid and LAU version 2016  (MS-Excel format) 

Methodological notes

- The New Degree of Urbanisation (MS-Word format) 
- Annual Update of the Degree of Urbanisation due to Changes in the LAU Boundaries (July 2012) (MS-Word format) 

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