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Perception survey on quality of life in 79 European Cities

A survey was conducted in June 2015 to measure the local perceptions of quality of life in 79 cities. It includes cities in the 28 Member States of the European Union and cities in Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey.

A number of issues such as employment, environment, housing, transport, culture, city services and immigration are addressed by this survey.

2016 - Survey pdf en - Eurobarometer Flash/National Reports en - Data for Research

2013 - Survey pdf en - annex en

2010 - Survey pdf de en es fr nl - annex en - annex 2 xls en

2007 - Survey - annex

Indicators for European cities

Eurostat has three collections which provide a selection of key indicators for European cities.

  1. The first collection shows all the individual cities with an urban centre of at least 50 000 inhabitants. This collection also provides data for the city and its commuting zone, which is called the functional urban area. It provides indicators on population, employment, education, transport and the environment
  2. The second collection uses NUTS-3 regional data to create indicators for individual metro regions. Each metro region represents a functional urban area with at least 250 000 inhabitants. This collection provides data on demography, GDP, employment and patents among others.
  3. The third collection provides indicators per country for all its cities combined. It also provides data for 'towns and suburbs' and 'rural areas'. This collection has grown substantially over the past years and now has over 100 indicators in the database covering indicators on employment, education, poverty and ICT use by households.

The State of European Cities Reports

The reports build on a unique collection of urban statistics. It provides in-depth analysis of gathered demographic, economic and social statistics. It exploits other available data, for example on education level, civic involvement and environment. It also provides a typology of European cities, which allows urban audit cities to find other cities with which to compare themselves .


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Summary de en fr - Presentation ppt en


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Executive Summary