Glossary:Urban-rural typology

Short definition: the urban-rural typology is applied to NUTS level 3 regions: it identifies three types of region based on the share of the rural population, namely, predominantly rural regions, intermediate regions and predominantly urban regions.

The urban-rural typology is a classification based on the following three categories:

  • predominantly urban regions, NUTS level 3 regions where more than 80 % of the population live in urban clusters;
  • intermediate regions, NUTS level 3 regions where more than 50 % and up to 80 % of the population live in urban clusters;
  • predominantly rural regions, NUTS level 3 regions where at least 50 % of the population live in rural grid cells.

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